Facedown

Matt Redman | Format: Audio CD

Review by Rich Houghton

Facedown

It was with much anticipation that I first listened to the latest live worship recording from one of our country’s premier Christian songwriters.

And how refreshing it was to hear a recording of songs that are not only well-written and performed, but more importantly, catch the heartbeat of God for the Church at this time.

The songwriting is distinctly more mature than previous Redman recordings, the female vocals are particularly graceful and inspiring, and the arrangements are creative and sensitive. But what really stands out is the heart of the recording. This album is clearly an intimate reflection of Matt Redman’s own personal journey of complete adoration, revelation and wonder, expressed through predominantly corporate songs that are simply bursting with heartfelt, passionate response!

 

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See the Morning

Chris Tomlin | Format: Audio CD

Review by Gideon Maybury

See the Morning

‘How Can I Keep from Singing’ is a great opening song which displays the heart of the Davidic worshipper who will not be deterred from praising a God who loves us so much.

The following track, ‘Made to worship,’ for me sums up the heart of the writer. Our highest calling is to worship the wonderful and precious Jesus Christ with our whole lives. Again, as with ‘Arriving’, there is an evident energy and passion as you wander through the various expressions of worship on this album. ‘Glorious’ is such an anthem song that you could imagine Bono (U2) singing it to thousands.

As far as style goes, Chris maintains the modern American pop / rock vibe which continues to attract many young worshippers. Most of the songs are really upbeat and full of solid truths.  The backing band also gives a full and contemporary edge. In this generation where media rules the masses, it is great to hear an artist pushing out such truths in contemporary style.

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