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Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

Kutless Presents an Edgier Worship Album

Review of Kutless' "Alpha Omega"
Kutless (BEC Recordings)

 MUSIC REVIEW 

Most Christians would agree that praise and worship music is an important and vital part of any church service and many enjoy listening to worship music on their own as well. Unfortunately though, not all worship albums are created equal. To be blunt, some are dull where every song sounds the same or the artists/musicians have limited talent. While the messages are always good, the delivery is lacking.

Alpha / Omega is a refreshing mix of favorite songs that many of us sing in church every Sunday, but with Kutless’ signature sound. The album features both new original works and cover tracks from other artists with the goal of engaging “the Christian community and have the greatest impact” according to BEC Recordings. “The songs are true to who the band is at their core – rock and worship.” With that said, Kutless is very respectful to all of the music on the album. There are no guitar or drum solos – nothing to take you away from the purpose of the album.

Some cuts blend old hymns with new arrangements and choruses. While some purists will complain that the hymns are fine just on their own, these new songs make them more relatable. “Gave It All” borrows the verses from the classic hymn, “I Surrender All,” and sets them to new music. Then, they added a new chorus which helps to breathe new life and meaning into the song. At least for some. Kutless’ rendition of Hillsong’s “Cornerstone” does the same using the verses from the hymn “The Solid Rock.”

Music Review of "Alpha / Omega
While Alpha / Omega isn’t an album to “rock out” to, it is one that encourages the listener to sit and meditate or sing aloud to while driving to work (although closing one’s eyes and raising hands should be avoided). It is a true worship album, but one that is slightly edgier than what one would probably hear in church and for some, that is a welcome change.

Music Tracks Include:
1. Your Great Name
2. Strong Tower
3. King of My Heart
4. Cornerstone
5. You are Love
6. Great are You Lord
7. Your Love Awakens Me
8. Shepherd of My Soul
9. Gave it All
10. No Wonder

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