A music review by Luchae Williams
Christian music stalwart, Chris Tomlin, released his 11th studio album in October 2016. The offering, titled Never Lose Sight, is the singer’s first non-festive contribution in almost two years. Featuring a host of top-class songwriters, including Ed Cash, Chris McClarney, Reuben Morgan and Matt Redman, the album is focused on the theme of keeping eyes fixed to the cross.
The release of it’s first single early last year – a cover of Pat Barrett and Tony Brown’s Good, Good Father — created an excitement and anticipation around this highly anticipated offering. Tomlin’s rendition of the popular worship track topped the Billboard Christian songs chart and garnered him a GMA Dove Award. The song is featured as the opening track on the album, and is an endearing expression of worship to a God who calls himself our Father.
Follow-up single, titled Jesus, is your typical worship set list track, and speaks about the names and traits of Jesus. “Who walks on the waters/Who speaks to the sea/Who stands in the fire beside me/He roars like a lion/He bled as the lamb/He carries my healing in His hands/Jesus!”
I was hooked as soon as I heard the chorus of Impossible Things – an upbeat track co-written by Tomlin, Cash and one of my favorite worship leaders to date, Chris McClarney. The song features the smoky vocal of Danny Gokey — the American Idols season eight finalist — who adds a lovely, rich dynamic to the duet. This is probably my favorite song on the album!
Fans of Tomlin will enjoy tracks such as God of Calvary and He Lives — both hold a sound and quality that is synonymous with Tomlin’s worship. Another Tomlin-esque track can be found in Home — a song that speaks about Heaven and its streets of gold.
The age-old hymn, Come Thou Fount, is given new life on the album. This reworked version features the same poetic lyric found in the original version, with a few new lines added by Tomlin. I’ve always been drawn to the deep honesty found in ancient hymns and spiritual songs and this one really struck a chord with me. A stronger backup vocal (or two) would have made it stand out even more, in my opinion.
I appreciated the last three tracks on the compilation. Yes and Amen features a really catchy guitar lick and mod-sound. All Yours has a strong message, speaking about the greatness of our God. And album closer, First Love, features vocal powerhouse Kim Walker-Smith, in a poignant love song to the Lord — it is definitely a must-listen!
Chris Tomlin’s heart for worship is evident in his highly impressive repertoire. And his sincerity and eagerness for the things of God is evident in his worship. If you’re a huge Tomlin fan, no doubt this is an album to add to your collection. Tomlin newbies, give this one a try. There certainly are many sweet moments that I am sure you will enjoy.