Reviewed by Elliot Rose
At this point there's very little possibility of any of the Hillsong branches to produce anything other than quality, hard-hitting modern worship, and this DVD is no exception. Featuring all the Hillsong classics, "Mighty To Save", "Hosanna", "The Stand", "From The Inside Out", etc, (but strangely not "One Way"), not only do the youth worship team delve into their ever popular back catalogue but also present more than a few gems from their latest album 'Aftermath', to which the 20,000 worshippers have no qualm. The worship team are at the top of their game - particularly Joel Houston's passionate vocal, his spirit-filled speech at the end concluding the DVD in pure emotion - although someone could tell the drummer there's nothing wrong with less fussy rhythms. Also, on a technical note, the visuals on the DVD are a little dark; the band is in shadow almost as much as the audience, and a lot of quick camera shots makes it difficult to admire the spectacle of the event. Another snag is that the mixing sometimes has the excited audience sounding louder than the musicians.
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Having led worship in churches, stadiums and open fields around the world, UNITED's Live In Miami is the first live album from the band in four years and features 22-tracks all captured during the band's sold out worship night in Miami. In 2011, best-selling modern worship band Hillsong UNITED brought a new and fresh approach to tours, visuals, songs and multimedia to the U.S. for the widely successful 'Aftermath' Tour. The tour logged sold out worship nights in venues across the country - from New York to Los Angeles (where the band became the first Christian band to sell out Staples Center) and back east to Miami where the CD and DVD were recorded.
In studio and out of studio, on tour or home at Hillsong Church, UNITED is committed to sharing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connects with churches, individuals and ultimately connects people everywhere with God. Born out of the Youth Movement of Australia's Hillsong Church, UNITED is fronted by worship leaders Joel Houston, Jad Gillies, Jonathon "JD" Douglass and backed by an evolving collaboration of pastors, worship leaders, musicians and songwriters - all intentional about giving voice to a generation passionate about God.
The Deluxe Edition is 2 CDs, 1 DVD, 24-page booklet in a 3-disc DVD sized gatefold wallet.