Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Life Worship: You Hold It All Review

From New Life Church, the same church that brought us such popular worship anthems such as "Counting On God" and "I Am Free," comes New Life Worship's third project, You Hold It All. Through twelve new worship tracks, New Life Worship definitely delivers new songs that will find themselves in church's song lists. The one hour and ten minute album is a must have for fans of Hillsong, Gateway Worship, Jesus Culture, or any other church worship bands.

You Hold It All begins with "This I Know," similar to the slower songs from Hillsong's A Beautiful Exchange Project. The timeless lyrics of this track are definitely sure to make you sing along, both powerful and easy to remember. "It Was Freedom" reminded me musically of Hillsong United's "Solution," and is a very encouraging song speaking of giving God all you have, whether it be through dancing or shouting out till your lungs give out.

"Lift the Name" is a very upbeat worship track with chanted lyrics exalting the name of Jesus, and is followed by "Our Messiah Reigns," a track that also appeared on Glenn Packiam's The Kingdom Comes EP. This track is no-doubt, a highlight from the You Hold It All project from New Life Worship for it's beautiful lyrics and worshipful music. I also enjoyed how this track built very nicely by the arrival of the second verse. "Captives Free" was a short, but very powerful second part to "Our Messiah Reign."

"Great I AM" was slower, having Revelation-based lyrics, and was followed by "Be Thou Exalted," which reminded me of the Fanny Crosby hymn "Be Thou My Vision," lyrically, and Hillsong's For All You've Done album musically. I really enjoyed the instrumental that built very well into the memorable bridge: "Hallelujah to the Name of all Names/ Hallelujah to our God be all praise/ Ever holy worthy be Thou exalted always."

"Sing Hallelujah," written by Glenn Packiam and Kari Jobe, was very beautiful, and led perfectly into "Dry Bones," a cry to God, asking Him to revive us: "Living King live in me/ let my heart know/ rushing wind move within/ speak to these dry bones/ dry bones."

"God Be Praised/ Our God Reigns" was a very interesting mix of the new worship track from New Life Worship, "God Be Praised," and the classic "our God Reigns." The result was a very worshipful and enjoyable upbeat track, and was followed by "Bless The Lord," practically the psalms put to music, and definitely enjoyable.

Lastly, the title track put an upbeat end to New Life Worship's latest project, with a powerful reminder that God holds everything together, and is our all in all. I also enjoyed how the lyrics to the bridge of this track were the first few verses of Psalms 27 with these powerful lyrics following: "I will not fear/ I will not fear/ You hold it all!"

New Life Worship project is an awesome worship project with worship songs sure to become classics. The highlights from You Hold it All include the opening track "This I Know," the timeless "Our Messiah Reigns," the freedom-filled "It Was For Freedom," and the closing track "You Hold It All." This is a great worship project, one that I would definitely recommend to Hillsong lovers especially.

Rating: 4/5

Track listing:
1. This I Know
2. It Was For Freedom
3. Lift The Name
4. Our Messiah Reigns
5. Captives Free
6. Great I Am
7. Be Thou Exalted
8. Sing Hallelujah
9. Dry Bones
10. God Be Praised/ Our God Reigns
11. Bless The Lord
12. You Hold It All

1 comment:

  1. Good album review I enjoyed it and I hope to check out songs from this album on the e-card for this album :)


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