Review: Mercy Me – The Generous Mr. Lovewell

Columbia/INO Records

Released May 4 2010

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

It was the best of albums, it was the worst of albums.  Mercy Me, the mega-band that everyone and their grandma knows about in Christian rock, has created a tale of two bands.  One of them creative, daring and all over the place at the beginning of a concept album loosely based on Mr. Lovewell, a Christian to be emulated for His love (and a man with a name that may be a little too on the nose).  The other being the status quo, exactly what you’d expect in the first place, leaving much to the imagination.

Starting with a bit of electronica is about the last thing I expected out of an arena rock band that couldn’t not sell out their concerts if they tried, but following it with the title track that is catchy as a gold glove first baseman and then “Move” making it sound like the Bee Gees busted in and took the mic.  Then “Crazy Enough” brings the mood into a haunting gloom before “All of Creation” screams out that its going to be on the radio for the next two years so get used to it.  So what happens after all that build up?  Well, they write songs for all the Jeremy Camp, Kutless, Casting Crowns and Third Day fans out there that inspires a confusing yawn that begs the question of what happened to all that eclecticism that they were just displaying?

The lyrics throughout are generously Spirit-filled and love entrenched that would make few wonder where they’re coming from or what their true intentions are for the album.  This album will surely be cause for times of worship and lives will be encouraged to love like our Savior would have us do and there’s nothing wrong with that at all.

Grade: B


  1. This Life
  2. The Generous Mr. Lovewell
  3. Move
  4. Crazy Enough
  5. All of Creation
  6. Beautiful
  7. Back to You
  8. Only You Remain
  9. Free
  10. Won’t You Be My Love
  11. This So Called Love

One response to “Review: Mercy Me – The Generous Mr. Lovewell

  1. Pingback: Artist Profile – Mercy Me « CMZ

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