So this week we are going to do something different. This week we are reviewing a compilation album (for lack of better words). The album we are going to be reviewing is the album Passion:Awakening. Just alittle back story on these albums: They originated from the Passion conferences that were held every year by Louie Giglio (Pastor from Atlanta Georgia). Since the beginning the focus of these conferences and movements have been to have spiritual awakenings between young adults and college students together. Their key verse in all of these conferences is Isaiah 26:8 which states: “Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your truth we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and renown are the desire of our souls.” And that has always been the main focus of these conferences. Every year they always release a new album featuring some of the top christian artists or even up and coming artists and do give a glimpse of that particular years conferences. Such notable artists that have been part of the Passion conferences are: David Crowder, Steve Fee, Charlie Hall, Nathan and Christy Nockels of Watermark, Matt Redman, Jami Smith, Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Tim Hughes, Shane & Shane, Kairos Band, Huepil, Gungor, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, and Hillsong United.
The album im going to be reviewing is last years Passion album: Awakening.
This album actually was number 1 on the Christian Billboard Charts when it first came out. This is a great album and the title of the album really captures the theme of the album, awakening. For me personally I thought it was weird to start off with a “slow” song. A typical album you usually start off with a fast song but this time they seemed to take a different route, something I was not expecting but it seemed to work with this album. This album goes in alot of different directions due to the fact that there are so many people featured on this album, it keeps the album from not getting boring.
Some of the songs seem to be done too quick (Say, Say) while others felt alittle bit out of place (King of Heaven). When I say out of place Im just referring to the musicality of it. As always in most albums you get some standout tracks that define the album. For this particular I would say that there are multiple songs that definetly stand out. One of the top songs that stand is the song “Our God” which is a declaration that states “and if our God is for us then who can ever stop us”. Another good song in this album is the song “Like a Lion” which describes how God is living in us and “roaring like a lion”. And last but not least the standout track aside from Awakening (which for me personally is the best song on the album) is Hillsong United’s “With Everything”. From the beginning of the track you can tell that they changed up the song abit, cutting some verses and adding other dynamics. You can clearly tell that Hillsong United makes this their own version (as opposed to Hillsong Live’s version). Overall this is a pretty good album, with alot of standout tracks and with the overall theme of awakening in our cities what more can you ask for.
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As a bonus:
Heres a pretty good version of Hillsong Uniteds “With Everything” alittle different than the original version from their This Is Our God album but none the less still great. Hope you enjoy.