Review: Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons | Christian Music Zine
July 11, 2011Posted by on
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Matt Redman is a well-loved worship leader from across the pond in England. Many of our favorite worship songs Blessed Be the Name, The Heart of Worship and Better is One Day were written by Matt.
He’s back with a live album. It’s not a live album of old classics, but all new music. This album was recorded at the worship conference LIFT, hosted by Passion City Church in Atlanta, where Matt was formerly one of the worship leaders.
10,000 Reasons starts off with the rocking worship anthem We Are The Free. Usually when I think of Matt Redman, it’s more subdued worship. Not this song, and not this album. This song is amped up! It would fit right in on a Hillsong United album. 10,000 Reasons also includes Here For You which was written by Redman & Matt Maher among others. This song was sung by Chris Tomlin on this year’s Passion album of the same name.
The song Holy; Wow! This is one of those songs that sends chills up your back the first time you hear it. The first time I heard this song played, I looked around and thought this is the type of song we’ll be singing in Heaven one day. Another song that’s so powerful is Never Once. The chorus says “never once did we ever walk alone, never once did You leave us on our own”. The song finishes with “Every step, we are breathing in Your grace, Ever more, we’ll be breathing out Your praise. You are faithful, God, You are faithful.” Cool sidenote: This song was co-written by Tim Wanstall of the band Athlete.
I’m giving this album a solid 4.5. I think it’s the best work he’s done. It’s one of the best worship releases you’ll hear this year.
It does a great job of doing what I thought was almost impossible to do: translating a live worship setting to a recorded format and making you feel a part of the worship.
1. We Are the Free
2. Here For You
4. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
6. Never Once
7. Where Would We Be
8. We Could Change the World
10. O This God
11. Endless Hallelujah