About two years ago, I was asked to review Passion's album "Salvation's Tide Is Rising." I personally thought it was a very good album and I know that my family had it on constant repeat as it ministered to our souls.
I was not asked to review last year's release, "Worthy Of Your Name," but I was asked to review this year's release, "Whole Heart." I was very excited when asked that. But I wondered if it would live up to my standards that were set when listening to the previous album. "Salvation's Tide Is Rising" is a studio album, and "Whole Heart" is a live album. So since I have not heard a full-length Passion album live, I wondered how this would be. In addition, I have become wary of worship releases, so I was hoping there would be quality songs on this release.
The album starts with a song that sounds like a worship album opener, but it has a very uplifting sound to it (and kinda pleases my rock-tuned ears). This song celebrates the love of God as he gave us his "Whole Heart" and that we know who we are because of Jesus. While it didn't stand out to me at first, it's a song filled with awe and wonder of that amazing love for us.
"Almighty God" was the very first song I heard Sean Curran's voice, so it did take a little getting used to. This song is simple in lyrics, but I am very sure there was a deep passion (no pun intended) that was burning in the hearts of those who wrote the song. It was nice being reminded that God is the Almighty God.
Remember the classic Sunday school song "God, you're so good / God, you're so good / God, you're so good / You're so good to me"? The next song on the album, "God, You're So Good" incorporates those lines into the song. Sometimes songs can do a good job incorporating songs, others not so well. But this song did an amazing job! This song really is very reflective on the goodness of God in an amazing and though-provoking way. (And it didn't feel like it was 7 minutes long!)
I've heard the Liberty Worship Collective cover Cory Asbury's "Reckless Love" a couple times and have enjoyed it. But I think this cover by Melodie Malone is the icing on the cake. (I do think I previewed Asbury's version. Not a huge fan of his voice, but I see everyone talking about how good his album is, so I wanna check it out.) This song is a wonderful reminder of how passionate the Lord is for our souls and that "There's no wall you won't kick down / Lie you won't tear down / Coming after me."
Next up is "Heaven" performed by Sean Curran. Unfortunately, nothing in this song really jumps out at me. I love it sonically, but it doesn't jump out to me lyrically at all. The verses and chorus seems slightly unrelated. Again, this song does not stand out at all, except a chorus that is left ringing in my brain.
As I was listening through the album for my second or third time, all of the sudden, "More Like Jesus" just jumped out at me. The chorus rings out, "If more of you means less of me / Take everything." I was like "OH MY WORD!" How much do we truly think we will be able to surrender all to the Lord, you know what I mean? The second verse continued to rip my soul. Seriously, this is a must-listen and a great challenge for all of us to become "More Like Jesus."
Brett Yonker takes the lead on "Hallelujah, Our God Reigns," which is the album's only other seven minute song. And this song didn't feel unnecessarily long as most long worship songs do (though it still could have been at least a minute shorter). This is such a beautiful praise song to the Lord. While simple, very powerful. Loved this song!
Crowder performed a new song entitled "Ghost," and this song focuses on the Holy Spirit, according to the second verse, which says, "His ghost is inside me / Holy fire burning wildly." It feels very weird calling the Holy Ghost simply a "ghost," but is there some theological point trying to be made that I'm missing? Unfortunately, the verses are very weak and simple, and nothing about this song really stands out.
"Ever Almighty," performed by Melodie Malone, is another song that proclaims our awe for the Lord. "Our God is ever almighty / ever almighty to save." I think this is a good example of a song that simply declares the power of God. If one stops to think about it, one really may marvel how amazing He is.
Matt Redman makes his only appearance covering the popular worship song, "Great Are You, Lord." One thing I liked about it is that he didn't feel forced to stick to the established way of singing the song. But the cover was a little too drawn out for my taste (it is nearly nine minutes long). But I love that song!
Crowder closes the album by performing his popular single "All My Hope" with surprise guest Tauren Wells. But, honestly, I am not a huge fan of this version. I think the radio version is good enough for me. But as a song, it's a great song. While it doesn't have a ton of replay value for me, it is one that I smile along with with it plays on the radio.
While not as solid as "Salvation's Tide Is Rising," "Whole Heart" does have solid songs about the love that God has for us and how much he wants us as part of his fold.
Songs from "Reckless Love" that, obviously, show the love of God, to his power in "Ever Almighty," to just praising the love he has for us in "Whole Heart" just reminds us all that "God, You're So Good."
For more casual listeners, I would personally recommend "Salvation's Tide" to them, but I know fans of Passion's music and those who attended the conference will gobble this album up. But if one needs a reminder of how amazing our God is, then maybe they should listen to this album.
Everyone, you can win a free copy of this album before February 28, 9 PM EST!!!
Please note that there is only one copy that I can giveaway and, unfortunately, it is only open to those living in the 48 States Of America. (Not so United, eh?) Sorry, but I am not the one who is physically giving away the album, so I cannot control this aspect.
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