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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

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Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

Matt Redman Releases 'Glory Song' Album

Matt Redman
Matt Redman (The Media Collective)

 MUSIC REVIEW 

It may be hard to believe but Glory Song is Matt Redman’s 13th album. When I received the CD to review, I sampled each song for about 30 seconds and the thing that struck me was how many of the song sounded alike. A number of them start out very slow, thoughtful and mellow. However, if you listen to the whole song, you’ll find that some change dramatically. For instance, “Gospel Song” starts out very unassuming, but it finishes much stronger than it starts out. From taking the 30 second test, you’d never know that there is a lot more to these songs. They become triumphant or worshipful. Some feature vocals from “special guests.” Almost every song contains a surpise if you listen for it. But you need to be patient. A lot of the songs are really long (one clocks in at almost eight minutes in length).

The other thing that struck me is that it feels as if the song list is in the wrong order. In my own humble opinion, the first song that stood out, “Questions (You are Faithful)” is number 8 and is one of the best. It features honest lyrics not found in a lot of worship songs:

“In all of our questions / All of our searching / When we are wrestling / You don’t let go / In all of our fears and doubts / All of our anxious thoughts / When we are restless / Still we are held / Lord, I believe / But help my unbelief”

The chorus is pumped up with a choir emphasizing the sentiments of the song making it one of the most memorable songs on the album. If you purchase the album, I suggest starting there. The song is followed by the upbeat “Still I Will Sing” with contagious lyrics to match the mood of the song:

“Sing in the battle / Sing in the blessing / Sing through the shadows / Shout with the heavens / I won’t be silent, no / I won’t be silent / Still I sing, still I will sing”

Other surprises include “One Day” that combines this new song with the classic hymn, “When We All Get to Heaven” and lots of special guest singers including Kierra Sheard, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham and Kim Walker-Smith.


Some of the songs are less eventful, but the bottom line is you are a fan of Matt Redman, you won’t be disappointed.
Review of Matt Redman's "Glory Song."

Song List:
1. All Glory (with Kierra Sheard)
2. Gospel Song (with Guvna B)
3. Greatest Hallelujah
4. Gracefully Broken (with Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
5. One Day (When We All Get to Heaven)
6. Redemption Ground (with Madison Cunningham)
7. It is Finished
8. Questions (You are Faithful)
9. Still I Will Sing
10. Place of Praise (with Kim Walker-Smith)
11. Hope is Marching On
12. Simple Pursuit / Glory Song
13. Your Ways

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