Hillsong Worship has had an amazing year. With the critically acclaimed theatrical worship film Let Hope Rise and sellout tours and conferences globally, it also marks the 25th live album released by the team: Let There Be Light, which was recorded during the 2016 Hillsong conference. Of course, the team has rotated through the years, and this time it includes Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood, Reuben Morgan, Marty Sampson, Joel Houston, and several other worship pastors from the Hillsong Church family.
In a recent interview, songwriter and worship leader Ben Fielding said, “We’ve been intentional about writing songs that will translate across the Church globally.” And the standout song, “What a Beautiful Name” proves him right. With almost two million views on YouTube at the time of this review, the world is listening. The better news is that it’s the name of Jesus that is being raised high. The title track reveals the overall message of worshiping our creator and redeemer God, and it’s supported by a hauntingly majestic lead guitar riff and a subtle piano drive to build the musical tension until worshipers proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. What makes Let There be Light so memorable is that every track has a foundation of great songwriting; authentic and beyond cliché, this music is directed to God as the prayers of his people, and his glory is celebrated.
Sounds Like: Hillsong Worship, that is to say, beautifully produced high-energy worship and praise with musical quality, passion, and clarity.
Most Singable: “Behold (Then Sings My Soul)”
Strongest Biblical Content: “Elohim”
The Whole Package: “Let There Be Light” and “What a Beautiful Name”
– Darryl Bryant