Vancouver natives Starfield are back at it again, with contemporary ballads singing praise to God. The key messages on I Will Go is unity in the Church and God’s holiness expressed in the prayers of His people. “From the Corners of the Earth” reminds us there’s “one Body, one Church, one Savior”, illustrating the unity the band are encouraging. “Hosanna” exhibits God’s holiness, but is a song I enjoyed more with the vocal talent of Brooke Fraser of Hillsong UNITED, the cover didn’t hit me as hard as the original. Tim Neufeld’s breathy vocals are reminiscent of Starfield’s previous recordings and have become his signature, it would be interesting to see him show his vocal talent with a grittier sound to mix it up a bit, but this being their fourth album with this tonality, it appears Neufeld’s focus is not to make things grittier, but more purely focused on Jesus instead of striving for a different direction in the music or himself.
“Holy Is Our God” shines as a gem on the album because of the climactic nature of the song, the potent lyrics, and the instrumentation. “Let me not be blind with privilege” is a lyrical highlight from the edgier title track “I Will Go”. “All We Need” has some great guitar scratches at the start and brings more electric guitar, which is appreciated and would be great to see more of in their next project.
Starfield have often said, they write songs for the church to praise God, and they have achieved that again with this album; it’s a solid offering with worshipful lyrics that celebrate Jesus and in that, they’ve met their goal. Songs of truth and melodic potency are what Starfield are about, if they choose to add some added edge in future recordings to their vocals for the sake of making something different, good on them. If not, we can rest in knowing the band has reached their goal with sweetly soothing classic tracks we can always consider a staple to our worship collection.
Writer: Lindsay Whitfield