Life & Death is defined by the distinct lack of any percussion. While I can’t say that I don’t miss it, Aaron Peace’s guitar strumming creates a consistent rhythm that had me tapping my foot after a few moments.
This EP has the feel of an acoustic set, dominated by Aaron’s guitar, with some light accompaniment mostly by way of strings. The effect is a mellow, relaxing ambiance that forms a good backdrop for the humble cries to God for mercy. It’s the perfect complement to Peace’s reflections of who he was before he found God.
As someone who typically prefers more energetic music, two things compel me to keep these softer tunes in my playlist: 1) Peace uses a strong voice when many would have used softer tones for this style of music and lyrics. 2) The lyrics connect with my personal desire to be humble before the Lord my God. When I reached the end of the third track, I found myself wishing for more when I would typically be ready to move on to something louder and faster when listening to similar albums.
While Life & Death might not be ideal for those in the mood to dance, it is impressive in its ability to put one into a mindset of worshipful reflection. Play it when you need to slow down and humble yourself before the throne of God.