Review: Matt Hammitt – Every Falling Tear | Christian Music Zine


Sparrow Records

Released September 13 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

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Out of great tragedy, some of our greatest victories are won.  It might sound like a movie trailer or a description for one of our favorite Bible stories, but in the case of Sanctus Real vocalist Matt Hammitt it has been all too real.

It hasn’t been long since the Christian music industry was hit with the tragic news of Steven Curtis Chapman‘s family tragedy and the subsequent music and writings that followed or the loss of The Myriad‘s drummer Randy Miller that touched our community.  Born with afflictions, Bowen is the son of Matt Hammitt and his wife, Sarah Hammitt, who were faced with a parent’s worst fears, as the health of the child has been complicated from the beginning.  This album contains the songs that helped them in the hardest of times.

With every piano key played, you can feel the hope through the pain on Matt Hammitt’s debut release, Every Falling Tear. Beginning with the first two released singles, “All of Me” and “Holding You”, the album starts emotional and strong, pounding away at life’s most difficult circumstances.

There are songs out there that sound convoluted, but when it is known that the pain is real, that is when it is easiest to relate to and apply personally.  When Hammitt sings his heart out, replacing grief with joy in the Lord Jesus Christ, that is when it is obvious that through the testing of fire, his faith has come out pure.

You don’t have to be going through a tragedy to appreciate what is happening here, though it is certain to cause great comfort to those who are.  Contemporary pop rock isn’t my favorite genre of all, but if you’re into something along the lines of Tenth Avenue North, then this would be on my short list of recommendations for the year.

Score: 3.5/5

Tracklisting:

  1. All Of Me
  2. Holding You
  3. Letting Go
  4. Trust
  5. You Are My Treasure
  6. Without You
  7. Let It Bring You Praise
  8. Little Light
  9. I Couldn’t Love You More
  10. This Is Grace
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