Album Review: ‘Rule In My Heart’ by Beth Croft
I first heard of Beth Croft a few months ago when A&R Les Moir hinted that her upcoming record would be one to reckon with. The name stuck not just because Mr. Moir told me to look out for new music coming from her, but also because the name ‘Croft’ reminded me of Sherlock Holmes’ fictional brother Mycroft Holmes. Long story short, I now see what Les saw in Beth Croft.
The British Christian singer is said to have started leading worship since she was 18. She became part of Soul Survivor a collection of worship singers in Britain. In 2012, Soul Survivor released an album titled “ The Flood,” Croft in this project delivered an outstanding rendition of Hillsong’s “Cornerstone.” With the release of her new worship album “Rule My Heart” the singer has won my heart, and her name is one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
It may be Beth Croft’s first solo effort, but it feels like she has done this over and over again. “Rule My Heart” is effortlessly delivered, and if proof was needed that people ought to give a new artist a chance, Beth Croft is that proof.
Croft opens the album with the danceable-catchy ‘Love Takes Over,” which sort of sets the tone and theme of the album. The vertical lyrics represent God’s love “His love takes over, I can feel You here with me as love takes over there’s no place I’d rather be.” This tune has hit written all over it from the memorably sing-along (meaningful) lyrics to the infectious rhythm.
The next song “Say the Word” doesn’t fail to impress as it grips one’s attention with a prayerful call for God to say the word because at His word “ Mountains are moved, seas that are raging will calm…”
The album’s title-track “Rule In My Heart” feels like a modernized hymn. This worship tune is warm with soothing vocals which will take listeners on a worshipful, spiritual journey. The tune written by Croft alongside Jorge Mhondera, Matt Redman & Willie Weekschorus will move one to that place of worship and surrender. “Rule in my heart, forever Come and take Your place.”
She then gives a beautiful rendition of label mate Rend Collective’s “Boldly I Approach (The Art Of Celebration). The song on its own is a captivating tune, and she doesn’t do much in her rendition, however, just hearing her vocals over those profound lyrics does it for me.
Lyrically “Purify” doesn’t break new grounds. A big plus though for Croft’s vocal over the mystical instrumentation.
“Hold On” is a gorgeous ballad. It will serve as encouragement to listeners to hold on to Christ. “My hopes and fears laid down, hold on; I’ll hold on to the cross, Hold on, hold on to the cross, Love so amazing, love so divine, Hold on, I’ll hold on to the cross.”
“You Make The World Dance” is an electronic dance tune akin Hillsong Young & Free. It sits well on this record.
“Your Kingdom” which appeared on Soul Survivor album is present on this album. This tune serves as a corporate worship kind of sound.
The last track of the album is one of the most spectacular tunes I have heard this year. Why? It is different. The tune is heavy on synthesizers; a sound audiophiles and sound geeks will eat up. The lyrics are resonance to one of the many David’s prayers to God.
Beth Croft has successfully delivered a sound that transcends today’s (2014) worship sound. Although she incorporates good ol’ sounds, her music is the future of worship. Thematically, the album depicts the heart cry and hope of believers in a worship meet brit-rock tingled way.
For a debut album, this is a solid effort, I love that “ Rule My Heart” also focuses around worship in a mild contemporary way while offering slight heritage/musical tastes.