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Apr 03 2006

Passion: Everything Glorious

EverythinggloriousRarely does an artist live up to the expectations imposed by critics insisting that each band’s subsequent CD release to be better than the previous CD.  Yet Passion keeps setting the standard for contemporary, God-saturated worship, and this explosive, powerful new CD raises the bar yet again.   

Chris Tomlin has two more classics emerging on this CD in the songs "Glorious" and "Awesome is the Lord Most High," while "Party" is reminiscent of classic arena rock jam tracks.  David Crowder’s contributions do not disappoint.  Live versions of "We Win" and "You Are My Joy" fall in with the title track "Everything Glorious," and Charlie Hall kicks in with live versions of "Center" and "All We Need," along with a new song/prayer called "We Are Yours."  Matt Redman adds "You Never Let Go."  The CD also features two rearranged hymns in "Jesus Paid It All" and "How Marvelous: I Stand Amazed" by newcomer Kristian Stanfill and Chris Tomlin.  In an era where far too many artists take traditional great hymn arrangements and change them for the sake of change and artistic license only to end up with a version somewhat difficult to listen to, both of these arrangements are improvements to the originals and manage to take the hymn to new levels of beauty without causing your brain to cringe when you listen. 

The final track, "Our God Reigns," closes with 18,000 students taking over the worship from Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman in a moment that leaves one pondering what it might be like to worship in heaven.   

"Everything Glorious" is the best Passion CD yet.  Get it…and get a preview of the songs you’ll be singing on Sunday morning next month. 

—-worship.com

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