Chris Tomlin - How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection
STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 119724-20556 LABEL: EMI Christian Music Group 5099994636420 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-11-10 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by A T Bradford
This 'best-of' offering covers many of Tomlin's standout songs such as "Our God", "Forever" and "Famous One". The album's musicianship is augmented by highly competent percussion from Travis Nunn on "Indescribable", linking seamlessly with Jesse Reeves' bass guitar. "Amazing Grace" features Tomlin's powerful additional chorus "And like a flood his mercy reigns, unending love amazing grace". "We Fall Down" is another exemplary number, featuring fine guitar-work from Daniel Carson beautifully complemented by Matt Gilder's keys. Good though the messages usually are, theology is not always a modern worship leader's strongest point. For example, "Jesus Messiah" repeats the unfortunate notion that Jesus became sin, missing Paul's double use and double meaning of "hamartia" (sin and sin-offering) as recently explained in the writings of Professor N T Wright. The CD also features a live track, "God Of This City", recorded at America's Passion Conference (Tomlin is currently worship leader at Passion City Church in Georgia, USA). Chris Tomlin needs no introduction to the English speaking world of worship material; this album introduces "How Great is Our God" to nine other languages within the international community of believers.
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As one of the most-sung artists in the Church, Chris Tomlin writes music that connects people to the heart of Jesus and leads them to a greater worship of him. After six studio albums and numerous appearances on Passion live worship albums, Chris releases his first-ever greatest hits collection with How Great is Our God: The Essential Collection. Of the 14 songs on the album, 3 are all-new recordings of classic Tomlin worship songs. Included is a new recording of the #1 song How Great Is Our God, which features guest appearances from renowned international worship leaders, singing parts of the song in their native language.