Tim Hughes will ever be known for such treasured songs as “Here I Am to Worship,” “Beautiful One,” and “Jesus Saves.” But it’s quite possible that his work with Worship Central will be his most important legacy. Let It Be Known is the newest (and third) worship release from the school that trains, resources, and inspires worship leaders worldwide. And though heavily permeated by Hughes, Let It Be Known is more than a release from WC’s venerable co-founder, it’s the result of the community in and around Holy Trinity Brompton’s worship team, which also includes Al Gordon (Worship Central co-founder), Ben Cantelon, Nikki Fletcher, Luke Hellebronth, and Miles Dhillon with some additional writing from HTB longtime friends Matt Redman and Martin Smith. Let It Be Known is a live worship recording that both captures the passion and the mission of Worship Central to provide the Church with excellent resources in worship. The main question is, “How does WC’s current release measure up to their incredible 2012 offering, Spirit Break Out?” The answer: With an effort that stands shoulder-to-shoulder in affecting praise and musical acuity. Admittedly, it’s not as immediately accessible across the board, but the songs are just as strong in resourcing congregational worship and in passionate power and praise for the Deliverer. The upside is that the songs grow in power with subsequent listens as the truths and melodies soak deeper into your bones.
Musically, there is a subtle undercurrent of ’80s Brit pop/new wave, but it’s not-so-subtle on the title track with its Pet-Shop-Boys-esque synths and e-drums (see the video here for proof http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRdlSRYPThg). That, along with the unexpectedly congruous worship rap in the same song, makes Let It Be Known a refreshing move away from the typical worship guitar focus. For those of you who were happy to leave the ’80s behind by a couple of decades, rest assured it’s pretty easy to hear the song (and every song of the release) beneath the production.
Now, before we go on, stop right now and download “The Cross Stands” and start learning it for your Easter service. No, it’s not too late, your team will forgive you. “The Cross Stands” is elegant in melody and a theologically rich exposition on Christianity’s most important symbol—and more importantly, what it represents. A God who “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
As the entire release makes clear, Christ is the center of our worship. He represents and makes sense of everything we sing about and live for, and with the final words of the last song it is fitting to also declare here: The grave cannot contain / the power of his name / death you overcame / once and for all.
More: A must have for worship leaders. It is filled with rich music that covers sacrifice, invitations to renew, the sacrifice of the Lamb, the movement of the Spirit, and the worth of the Father, among so many other themes and prayers.
Less: Traversing from elegantly orchestrated and piano-driven worship music, sometimes the jump to synthy ’80s pop is a little jarring.