The majestic opening title cut sets the tone for the album, inviting the live audience at Christian Life Center in Fort Lauderdale, and by extension, everyone in earshot of the sounds emanating from the CD player, to go forth and proclaim the name of Jesus Christ to the nations.
The powerful and infectious radio single "I Won't Go Back" (inspired by Obed-edom the Gittite, mentioned in 2 Samuel 6), puts the focus on pure and undefiled worship.
On "Overcomer", Martha Munizzi joins with McDowell in duet. Two tracks later, Minizzi's twin sister Mary Alessi takes the mic on "Standing". Both songs inspire hands-up worship and seem fit for congregational praise.
Other star cuts on Arise include the rousing "Spoken," "Song of Intercession," (featuring Josh Dufrene) and the ballad, "Place of Worship," which puts the emphasis on the freedom that God provides.
For everyone waiting for the next sounds from William McDowell, there will be no disappointment with Arise.
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— review compiled by Stan North —
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