STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 77782-15518 LABEL: Fair Trade Services 000768462621 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: DVD RELEASE DATE: 2009-04-07 RRP: £14.99
Reviewed by Dancin' Dave Derbyshire
10 years ago Bart Millard wrote "I Can Only Imagine" in response to this father's early death. That song, of course, became a run away smash hit for the Texas-based band and now to celebrate the anniversary they have released this album of some of MercyMe's most popular songs. There are 15 solid tracks including three bonus cuts, one of which is another version of this song with the London Symphony Orchestra. There is also a DVD with a mixture of live recordings and music videos of the songs as well as a couple of documentaries that are mainly interviews outlining the band's career and explaining the background to the writing of "I Can Only Imagine". A number of the songs echo the themes of "I Can Only Imagine" by worshipping in amazement, reflecting on our mortality and/or lamenting the stresses of our life in the light of future glory. For instance, "Homesick" is another outstanding song on the album also dealing with bereavement and longing to see a departed loved one again. The only thing that stops '10' getting a 10 square review is that I felt that one or two of the songs teeter on the brink of sentimentality. Nevertheless, this album is a brilliant introduction to these country-tinged pop rockers.
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It has been 10 years since MercyMe frontman Bart Millard penned I Can Only Imagine, a touchingly personal song based on his father’s early death.
This breakthrough song by the down-to-earth Texas-based band has had a far-reaching impact: it has sold more than 3 million units, crossed over into multiple radio formats, and been adopted as an anthem by hurting people around the world.
To celebrate the epic anniversary of one of the most popular and powerful songs in Christian music history, MercyMe is releasing 10, a must have new CD/DVD set.
The CD features 12 of MercyMe’s best-loved songs spanning their fi ve studio releases as well as three bonus tracks – including a new recording of I Can Only Imagine with the famed London Symphony Orchestra, the never-released track Only Temporary, plus the kids’ tune 10 Simple Rules.
The DVD contains both live and concept videos of all their best songs.