Music review by Luchae Williams
Prolific worship leader and singer-songwriter, Matt Redman, released his 9th studio album, Unbroken Praise, in June 2015, much to the delight of fans. Redman, well known for his contribution to the Passion Conference worship team, is somewhat of a worship maverick, not conforming to any particular sound or genre, but rather forging his own niche from album to album. This latest offering confirms just that. The album is neither here nor there, but is still very in season, with songs that are filled with passion and heart.
In an interview, Redman explained that the album came out of his need to do something different than his last few albums. “I’ve recorded a couple of live album’s in a row now…they’ve both been in Atlanta, but we got talking and we thought it would be nice to do something in my homeland, in England. Then we got talking about where, and the No. 1 place on my list was Abbey Road, and I had no clue whether we could make that happen or not,” Redman explained. “There’s just a fantastic orchestral room there, which by the way you can fit 400 people in there. I was wondering if we could actually do that. Through a series of twists and turns it actually happened. It was a real joy to be in one of the world’s most iconic recording studios having church.”
I found the album really easy to listen to. Redman has the ability to effortlessly take the listener along with him, as he enters into a sweet time with the Lord. My favorite track on the album is, without a doubt, “It is well with my soul”. Redman reinvented the old hymn’s verses but still chose to keep the original chorus. The result – Amazing! I could listen to this 1 song whole day. It is such a reminder that we are grounded and centered in Christ and whatever our lot, nothing can change that! Another bold remake is the beautiful, acoustic driven, ‘No longer I’, which is worked around the old hymn, “At the cross”.
Faith song, ‘Songs in the night’, really moved me with a chorus that says “I will sing/Songs in the night/Praise in the storm/God through it all…” I enjoyed singing that declaration over and over. The melody is catchy and the instrumentation very relaxed, which makes this a relatively easy song to introduce to a congregation. In fact, that can be said for majority of the songs on the album, such as worship track ‘No one like our God’ and the Easter-themed song, ‘Abide with me’. It seems that Redman penned most of these tracks with the church in mind.
Title track, ‘Unbroken praise’, reflects just that – a heart cry to God to reign in our lives forever, as Redman belts out: “Unbroken praise be Yours God/Forever/Lord take this life/Let it become Your throne/Unbroken praise be Yours.” In my opinion, this is the song you need to listen to first if you’re unfamiliar with Redman and his work. It is such a sincere and poetic reflection of this worship leader’s heart.
Besides for all the sweet worship moments, there are a bunch of really great uptempo tracks on this offering too. Opening song, ‘Louder’, starts off like your typical Christian praise song, but as you allow it to minister to you, the simple lyric takes root and builds into a declaration in your spirit.
The up-tempo ‘King of my heart’ is a fun, folksy song that pronounces Jesus as forever seated on the throne. The album is rounded off perfectly with the last track, ‘Majesty of the most High’, a poignant reflection on the holiness and majesty of the King of Kings.
As always Matt Redman brings his honest worship with songs that draw your focus to God. He has managed to pen tracks that are truthfully deep, yet easy on the ear. This is definitely one to look out for!
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