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Matt Maher, All the People Said Amen



Artist: Matt Maher
Label: Provident Music Group
Street Date: April 19, 2013
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Posted July 12, 2013 by


Sincere, honest, and unpretentious, Matt Maher adds myriad dimensions to worship with his latest album, All the People Said Amen. He writes music that the Church loves to sing. With six Dove awards and two Grammy nominations to his credit, Canadian-born Matt Maher is no stranger to writing music that motivates and encourages people to worship. Maher effortlessly compiles all his songwriting and vocalizing strengths in his latest Americana-worship album, All the People Said Amen. With a few old favorites and fresh, live recordings of some great new tunes, Matt sets the standards high for unpretentious worship. This worship album is sure to provide the words and music that the Church’s heart longs to sing in praise of Christ.

Maher says of ATPSA, “This project is a real collage of who I am musically. You’ll hear intimate worship songs, anthemic praise tunes often sung and shouted aloud together in unison, and celebratory songs that inspire the whole Church. I wanted to deliver something for everyone, and this set captures what my music and ministry have been, where it is, and where it’s headed.”

Just as the music is a collage of Maher’s music ministry, the cover is a collage of special memories, including photos of his wedding.

All the People Said Amen opens with the title track, an upbeat, vibrant song that is a joyful reminder of God’s love and a gleaming example of old-fashioned, Southern rock worship. “Burning in My Soul,” one of the edgier rock tunes on this album, with heavy guitar lyrics and driving drums, cries and yearns for revival. Maher’s contemplative, honest rendition of “Adoration,” showcases his plaintive vocals and acoustic guitar, while leading the worshiper right into a place mirroring the song’s title. “Christ is Risen” offers a message of hope with the words, “Oh, death, where is your sting? Oh, Hell where is your victory? Our God is not dead, He’s alive! He’s alive!” He shows off his lyrical honesty and compelling writing, giving words to the cries of the Church of today in the acoustic driven song, “Lord I Need You.” No Americana album would be complete without a bit of bluesy, country rock ’n’ roll, and “On My Way” surely doesn’t disappoint. A live recording of “Your Grace Is Enough,” along with a few other well-loved tunes, fill out this well-rounded worship compilation that culminates in the toe-tapping fun of  “It Is Good,” reminiscent of the old Burlap to Cashmere favorite “Basic Instructions.” With 13 consummately-crafted tracks, All the People Said Amen has something for everyone. All that is left is to eagerly await its release and hope for chord charts to enable churches to add these very accessible tunes to their worship repertoire.

Maher has co-written worship songs with such musical greats as Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, and Matt Redman. He has appeared worldwide with contemporary Christian music talents’ Leeland, Phil Wickham, MercyMe, and Third Day, among many others. Maher’s albums include The Love In Between (2011), Alive Again (2009), Empty & Beautiful (2008), Overflow (2006) and The End and the Beginning (2001). All the People Said Amen is the apex of Matt Maher’s considerable musical expression to date. With relevant and inspired lyric writing, and obvious passion for the Gospel, this multi-faceted, album offers songs of praise and worship, messages of hope, and heart-felt cries to the Lord. A gift of songs for the Church of today, easy to implement, and ideal for both congregational and personal services of worship.

Amanda Furbeck
4.5 stars


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