STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18104-11410 LABEL: Hillsong Music HMACD197 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 EXTRAS: bonus DVD RELEASE DATE: 2006-05-05 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by Philip Croft
First up I must confess to being a bit apprehensive about this album. Okay, it could just be me but isn't the whole Hillsong approach of having half the congregation on stage at once pogo-ing in unison getting a bit old hat now especially as half the world Church seems to have copied the idea? But putting such jaded views on one side, I have to say this album (and free DVD that goes with it) certainly blew away my apprehension. For the first half of the album we are treated to magnificent, gutsy Busted-style rock/worship and a guest appearance by Stu G from Delirious?. After that the tempo slows down somewhat for some beautiful reflective worship including the excellent "Greatest Gift" with lead vocals by Matt Redman which I'm sure is going to get loads of airplay. For me though the best has been saved until last with the seven minute plus title track and the album closing with the congregation rather than the band doing the worshipping and singing their hearts out to God.
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