In 2006, Ben Richter moved from Texas to Atlanta to take a job at a local church as a youth pastor and worship leader. He invited his friend Geoffrey Ashcraft to move with him. Upon their arrival at the new church, they were introduced to Josh Kirk. The three began leading worship together for local youth services and eventually adopted the name The Museum.
Their debut album Let Love Win was released in 2010. It featured popular singles such as Allelujah, My Help Comes from the Lord, Let Love Win and Never Look Away.
Now the band is back with, My Only Rescue, its sophomore effort.
The first track on the album in All Over the World. While it’s a pretty decent pop/rock song, I don’t think it was the best song to open the album with. It doesn’t have that “element” that makes you want to listen to it on “repeat.” With that said though, it is one of the best uptempo songs on the album.
The next two tracks, Solid Ground and Found In You introduce us to how good the band can be.The band shows so much confidence in God on these two songs that it seems as if they’ve hit that worship “sweet spot.” Unlike the album’s opener, these songs are made for listening to over and over again.
After Solid Ground and Found in You, My Only Rescue, the album’s title track, fails to impress. It had a great start, but it proved to be anti-climactic and by the middle of the song I was already ready for the next song.
The album’s first single, Love Will Find You, is one of the most beautiful songs on the album. It works because the band is in its element when it comes to the singing and instrumentals on the song. The song’s message is also uplifting–God loves us no matter who we are or we’ve done and where we go.
In Jesus Name is a song about just trusting Jesus and putting all our hope in Him. It’s an infectious sing-along-type song that would work well in gatherings and at churches and camps.
Coming Closer is another of the up-tempo songs on the album. The placement of the song on the album seems off. For six tracks, the album was mellow and comfortable, and then the vibe suddenly changes. It kills the album’s flow in my opinion.
Not For Sale is song that the group did in 2011 in response to the human trafficking the band saw when visiting the Philippines. Though the song is powerful and features a timely subject, I don’t feel that it was a great choice to include on the album.
More Than Words, is about truly seeking and earnestly wanting to know Christ and be His follower. In my opinion, is the track that puts the album back in balance. It is one of my favorites from the album, and it is simply the band at their best. It
I don’t have much to say about the last two tracks on the album: Better Than Life and Lost in a Moment. Both songs are enjoyable. The thing that stands out about them is that they both feature amazing guitar riffs and are very easy on the ears.
All-in-all I think My Only Rescue is a good effort. I appreciate the band’s mellow, cool and serene way of telling stories with their songs. I like how you can feel the sincerity in their songs. It’s easy to see that The Museum were shooting for easy-going stadium anthems à la The Fray. However the band will have to work a lot harder to get a solid footing in the CCM world (for starters Richter, instead of being so mellow needs to challenge his voice a little more) because as good as they sound there is still something missing from the album.