Music review by Luchae Williams
Australian worship collective, Planetshakers, released their Legacy CD and DVD project in September 2017.
The 12-track collection comprises live worship recorded at Planetshakers worship concerts in Manila, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur. The project was first released in two parts on the Legacy Part 1: Alive Again and Legacy Part 2: Passion EPs. Four more songs were recorded live in Melbourne and added to the collection. This release also includes a digital deluxe version, a songbook and 10-track live DVD.
The ministry celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Talking about legacy and what legacy means to Planetshakers, Senior Pastor Russell Evans shares: “If people get in the presence of God and they encounter Him, He can give them a dream for their life. Then, out of that, they go and change their world.”
The band is well known for high energy praise and vibrant worship, and this album does not fail to deliver on real Planetshaker-style worship! It kicks off with a typical Planetshakers anthem, this one called Alive Again, talking about the love and goodness of God. Praise tracks, Through it All and Drawing Closer have a similar vibe. Both seem to be aimed at a younger crowd of worshipers, but are fun and deep enough for all ages to get into.
I also found myself bopping along to the honky-tonk contemporary dance track, Passion. This is a song of surrender and I’m sure it will find itself on many youth set lists.
I enjoyed the powerful theme in the track, Prophesy. The song speaks about stepping up to act as God’s mouthpiece and has a more modern/contemporary feel than the first two tracks. The lyrics say: “The word of the Lord in my mouth/To bring about the change/Full of Your power/I step out/Declare aloud Your praise!”
Another song that tackles the often overlooked topic of the prophetic is worship ballad, We Speak Life. This track speaks about the faithfulness of God and has some really powerful moments with a memorable chorus that says: “Our God is more than able/Our God will never fail/He is always with us/He is faithful till the end.”
Other favorites include Be My Vision and Here’s My Life. Both the penmanship and composition of the songs are really impressive, clearly written by a team who are firmly rooted in Christ. The melodies are likeable and easy to learn and most of the tracks on the album would do well in a corporate worship setting.
Power ballad, You Call Me Beautiful, is such a stunning reminder of our true identity in Christ. I love that it shares the revelation that God sees a masterpiece when He sees us. Another notable worship moment is provided by All On The Altar. This track speaks about surrendering, laying it all on the altar and allowing God’s all consuming fire to refine us.
With a ministry span of more than 20 years, and 34 albums under their belt, this team has done the hard work — laying a solid foundation in the Spirit that now blankets everything they put their hands to. Planetshakers fans will be pleased to add this album to their collection. If you’re new to Planetshakers, I would highly recommend that you have a listen to some of their earlier releases too. Younger worshipers and those who enjoy EDM worship will enjoy this one.