Reviewed by Tom Lennie
Recorded during the Hillsong Conference in November 2010 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia, 'God Is Able' features all new songs (except for "Your Forever" which dates to 2008). An attraction of the set is that you get a full 75 minutes worth of music written and performed by a host of people from the Hillsong axis, not only from the Sydney mega-church, but also from churches throughout the world, including London and Stockholm. So we get tunes written/sung by the likes of Joel Davies, Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan, Sam Knock, Joel Houston and numerous others; not forgetting, of course one Darlene Zschech, who leads on two songs, one of which she wrote. An issue I had was that while the inserts do tell you - in very small print - who the songwriters are, they don't let you know who is performing each track - I had to go elsewhere for that. As for the songs themselves, numerous are in flowing upbeat format, but only a couple truly rock. One or two tracks particularly standout - such as the opening "Rise", "Alive In Us" and the congregationally usable "God Is Able". One or two others are rather bland. Certainly, being able to watch the set on DVD adds a considerable degree of visual appeal, watching the professionalism of the main players and noting the enthusiasm of the vast congregation. A fine, though not an exceptional, recording.
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|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.