The Bottom Line
- Open and honest lyrics
- passion, Passion, PASSION!
- I've listened to the entire release twice now and can't find a single flaw.
- A companion DVD of the conference would have been a great addition but I don't see news of one.
- 11 songs
- Release Date: July 12, 2011 on sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records
- Style: Worship
Guide Review - Matt Redman - '10,000 Reasons'
The honesty of the lyrics is what jumped out at me first. Matt hasn't lived a live free of struggle and instead of throwing on the good old "I'm living a picture perfect life because I'm saved!" mask, he shares that truth. "Where Would We Be," my favorite track, is a prime example of that honesty. Where we be without your love? We'd still be lost in darkness. Where would we be without your cross? You made a way to save us.
The accessibility of the project caught my attention second. Redman keeps is simple without using too many "church" buzz-words and without a ton of over-done repetition. He has said that it comes from joining a new church after moving back to Brighton, UK last year and being "mindful of the un-churched coming in" while not "watering down your faith."
The final ear and heart grabbing moments came from the fact that the music is just plain good! I could write paragraph after paragraph detailing chord progressions, emotional lyrics, and individual songs, but the bottom line is that this is probably Matt Redman's best release to date. Maybe it's because it's a live project; maybe it's because Matt has gone back home to the UK. The why isn't nearly as important as the what here, and the what is that this is an amazing release!
10,000 Reasons Track Listing:
- We Are The Free
- Here For You
- 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
- Never Once
- Where Would We Be
- We Could Change The World
- Oh this God
- Endless hallelujah