STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 166901-26061 LABEL: Sixstepsrecords 0602547250353 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2017-09-29 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
The latest album by revered worship artist Matt Redman sees the Watford-born songsmith bring in a number of guest artists to help communicate his love for God with cameos from the likes of Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Kierra Sheard, Kim Walker-Smith and even a 120-strong choir peppering proceedings. Whilst these appearances (including a rapped section courtesy of Guvna B on the strangely non-gospel sounding "Gospel Song") help add some variety, this is default Redman fare with mostly mid-tempo songs charting the personal side of having a relationship with God - delivered in trademark half whispered/half sung fashion - dominating the release. A gospel choir adorns the opener "All Glory" and things get things off to a relatively stirring start before the likes of "Greatest Hallelujah" and "Redemption Ground" sees Redman back in more familiar territory. All this makes for a somewhat pedestrian affair and, whilst a new Matt Redman album is always to be welcomed and there's some useful content about hope, trust and dealing with pain for the believer to draw inspiration from, there's little melodically or thematically that we've not heard before. Perhaps going for a more stylistically varied approach as briefly evidenced in the delightfully '80s-tinged "Still I Will Sing" or a more prominent use of the choir other than just congregational singing would have helped make this release stand out more.
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Matt Redman (known and loved the world over for worship songs packed full of solid biblical theology) returns with his new studio album Glory Song.
The two-time GRAMMY winners newest collection of songs explores a sonically diverse musical backdrop, including uniting with 120 local worship leaders and songwriters on group vocals and special collaborations with fellow GRAMMY winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Kierra Sheard.
Fellow GRAMMY winning songwriters including Chris Tomlin, Jonas Myrin and Ed Cash joined Matt on this latest release. The first single from Matt’s 13th album , Gracefully Broken features Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Break Every Chain) I'd made three live albums in a row, so this time around we decided to get back to recording in the studio and I was beyond grateful to get to do that at such an iconic place - Capitol Studios in LA,” explains Matt. “My aim from the beginning was to bring a bit more of a ‘gospel’ sound to proceedings.
As the writer of many of the most popular worship songs like "10,000 Reasons", “Blessed Be Your Name,” “The Heart Of Worship,” and “Once Again,” Matt Redman’s songs are sung by millions of people every Sunday.
One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)
It Is Finished
Questions (You Are Faithful)
Still I Will Sing
Place Of Praise
Hope Is Marching On
Simple Pursuit / Glory Song