Hillsong Live - God Is Able

Published Tuesday 15th November 2011
Hillsong Live - God Is Able
Hillsong Live - God Is Able

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 116297-18391
LABEL: Hillsong Music HMACD249
RELEASE DATE: 2011-07-25
RRP: £13.00

Reviewed by Jamie Maxwell

Hillsong's live series has always been a Premier League worship institution, and 'God Is Able' continues the tradition of stadium-filling anthems, high quality visuals and seamless production. This, the 20th album in the series, has more impact than the slightly bland 'A Beautiful Exchange' but doesn't reach the heights of 'This Is Our God'. Melodically there are some delicious moments: the solid, building verse and soaring chorus of "Unending Love" stands out as a high point. The title track is also very strong and will doubtless become a staple in many worship leaders' repertoire. However there is a certain amount of filler, and after the anthemic "Alive In Us" there is little of note to report. This is a decent worship album, but in truth sometimes feels like a well oiled machine simply going through the motions. One can't help feeling that the series is in need of a fresh injection of inspiration. For a truly great live worship album, look instead to Worship Central's 'Spirit Break Out'.

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Product Description
With God Is Able as their 20th Annual live release, Reuben Morgan and the Hillsong team still believe that it is only by the grace of God that Hillsong worship continues to grow in it’s reach and influence.

A collection of fresh sounds and an inspiring new repertoire of congregational anthems is the stage for God is Able, an offering of worship, a night of passionate praise recorded by the Hillsong team in hopes that it would bless the Body of Christ. Intentional in its purpose, yet creative and different in its approach, God is Able is a reflection on the growth, strength and power of a local church surrendered to a creative God.

“I love this album,” says Reuben Morgan, Worship Pastor, Hillsong Australia. “The songs are fresh, they are songs of faith and hope, songs that our church have really taken hold of.”

Hillsong LIVE is the congregational expression of worship from Hillsong Church – a local church with global influence. This local church worship team has a commitment to continually resource the Body of Christ with fresh songs of worship and a deep passion to see people connect with the Living God in a real and personal way.

Their music captures the heart and sound of Hillsong Church globally and represents the coming together of the Hillsong worship team from around the world; including Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Ben Fielding and Darlene Zschech, Hillsong UNITED, and international teams from London, Stockholm and Cape Town. Since 1992, Hillsong LIVE has resourced the local church and received gold and platinum album status multiple times, writing such well known worship songs as Shout To The Lord, Inside Out, Hosanna, The Stand and Mighty to Save, awarded the 2009 Dove for Worship Song of the Year and currently the #1 CCLI song in the USA and Canada.

Looking to the future, Hillsong LIVE remains committed to inspiring and empowering the authentic worship of Jesus and resourcing the Body of Christ, everywhere.

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