Music review by Luchae Williams
Maranatha Music recently released their annual collection of praise anthems on a two-disc compilation comprising some of 2018’s more popular Christian songs. The Top 25 Praise Songs Reckless Love album includes 25 praise anthems that point the listener towards the heart of the Father, reminding you of the extravagant love of God.
Featuring a wide array of talented worship singers and writers, this is probably one of my favourite Maranatha collections to date. The two-CD collection features songs from the likes of Pat Barrett, the Torwalts, Cory Asbury, Bethel Music and Hillsong Worship, Paul Baloche and Louis Giglio.
Title track, Reckless Love, made popular by Cory Asbury, was a big hit in 2017/18, nabbing the GMA Dove Award’s coveted “Song of the Year” title in 2018. The song sets the foundation for the rest of the album, with its bridge driving the message home that God is relentless in His pursuit of us.
Another 2018 “Song of the Year” nominee, So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong Worship, is also featured on the album. This song has fast become a favorite of mine. I was also pleased to find Hillsong Worship’s What a Beautiful Name, Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), Cornerstone and Who You Say I Am, featured on the collection. Oceans was a “Song of the Year”, “Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year”, “Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year”, “Worship Song of the Year” winner at the 2014 GMA Dove Awards.
If you’re a Bethel Music fan, you’ll be pleased to know that the worship ensemble’s No Longer Slaves, One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails) and the poetic worship track, Ever Be, can be found on the album.
I love that the older worship anthems, included on the collection, still carry so much weight. Songs like Revelation Song made popular by Kari Jobe in 2004, How Great is Our God — the old Chris Tomlinfavouritee and John Mark McMillan’s How He Loves Us also found their way onto the album. It was such a treat being able to find them in the mix along with some of the newer anthems.
Some of the must-mentions include the Housefires tracks Build My Life and 2016 GMA Dove Award winning Good Good Father. Both are powerful worship songs and I have loved being able to worship along with them again, as I got into this album.
My absolute favourite addition, however, has to be Mosaic MSC Music’s power-packed anthem, Tremble, which can be found on their sophomore album titled Glory & Wonder. The song is based on the scripture in Psalm 97 which says “His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles,” and speaks about the power and majesty of the name of Jesus. It certainly is a welcome addition to this collection.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Maranatha Music compilation albums, but I must admit, I am especially pleased with this one! With a track listing of songs that praises the name of Jesus, I found that I was able to pop this one into my CD player, and leave it running on repeat! If you’re looking for an excellent compilation worship album for your car or to take along with you on that Easter road trip, this is the one!