Starfield is a Canadian quartet whose U2-esque worship music plants it firmly in the mold of Delirious and other Euro rockers. After releasing two successful independent albums in the Great White North, the band has teamed with producer Matt Bronleewe (dc talk, Rebecca St. James) for its major-label debut. Like many young groups, Starfield occasionally seems more an amalgamation of its influences than a unit breaking artistic ground. But the album still offers a lot to enjoy.
Opening track and lead single â€œFilled With Your Gloryâ€?â€”which appeared previously on the bandâ€™s second indie releaseâ€”is one of the best worship songs to come down the pike this year. Driven by echo-laden electric guitar (think of U2â€™s The Edge), itâ€™s a simple but effective declaration of the glory of God: â€œAngels and men adore/Creation longs for whatâ€™s in store.â€?
That echoing electric guitar is one of Starfieldâ€™s defining features, as are the strong vocal harmonies from singer Tim Neufeld and brother Jon and the occasional burst of acoustic guitar, violin and orchestration. The pair also prove themselves to be strong songwriters with an ear for melody. Uptempo songs such as â€œOrdinary Lifeâ€? chug along smartly with memorable choruses, and slower, acoustic ballads (â€œOver My Head,â€? â€œAlive In This Momentâ€?) are more reflective yet highly singable worship songs.
At times, Starfieldâ€™s music sounds a bit too similar to something you think youâ€™ve heard before, as in the collision of Jars of Clay, Delirious and Newsboys in â€œRevolution.â€? But what keeps this from becoming a problem is that Starfield is one of the most gorgeously produced Christian-industry albums to come along in a while. Every time you start to recognize some other artist in Starfieldâ€™s sound, the lushness of the sound itself makes you quickly forget.