STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 88306-16725 LABEL: Survivor SURCD5184 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2010-03-15 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by Steven Bridge
What can you say about one of the best of England's (nay, the world's) worship songwriters? When the music fades he brings more than a song. I'll never forget his standout, 'Champion Of The World' performance at Wembley Stadium in 1997. Turned from a mainstage position in the round, Redman delivered a set of worship songs which showed that, when all was stripped away, it was all about Jesus. All the songs you would expect to see on one album are here; "The Heart Of Worship", "Blessed Be Your Name", "Let Everything That Has Breath", "I Will Offer Up My Life", "Dancing Generation" et al. 14 songs that have marked out the Redman discography, which in 2010 stood at nine classic and class albums since he burst onto the worship music scene in 1994 waking up our souls. Unless you think less is more (everything distilled into a honed best) the only thing I could say is a double album may have helped squeeze more of the best into the ultimate collection. But then that might sound like an ultimatum and that would not be my heart. So yes and amen, consider it the ultimate collection from Matt Redman.
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For a singer, songwriter and worship leader like Matt Redman, choosing the ultimate collection is hard work. With a back catalogue that has brought in four Dove Awards and birthed ten solo full-length albums, there is plenty to choose from.
The result of that choice can be heard on Matt’s latest release. The Ultimate Collection draws together elements that are both intimate and inspiring, songs that have helped change the sound of worship for an entire generation.