Passion: Take it All

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Passion’s Take It All is much like it’s predecessors, a mix of congregation (and arena) ready songs for the Church. Although this is a conference targeting youth, the truth in the songs is ageless and fits all generations, with most songs suitable for some aspect of a wide range of services with appropriate arrangement adjustments. The worship from Passion 2014’s two-day gathering is captured in this live recording that took place in Atlanta and Houston in January and February of this year. It mirrors last year’s lineup (sans Kari Jobe and Brett Younker): Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Crowder, Christy Nockels, and Kristian Stanfill. For Scripture-based worship and adoration “Almighty” (Tomlin), “Worthy” (Matt Redman) and “I Am” (Crowder) ascend. There are at least three precursors to an altar call, Stanfill singing the up-tempo “Never Gonna Let Me Go” and the personal offering “My Heart Is Yours” and Crowder’s gentle invitation on “Come As You Are.” Tomlin renders an energetic, dancey, youth-oriented take on Philippians 4:8 with nods to John 14:6 and Psalm 39:24. Nockels matches his energy on “You Came to My Rescue,” which focuses on God’s redemptive sacrifice, a theme that reigns in “At the Cross (Love Ran Red),” sung by Tomlin, and on Matt Redman’s reprise of the beautiful “Mercy” from his recent album. The latter doubles as a lovely communion song. Christy Nockels also brings her passionate beauty to “Let It Be Jesus” which could be sung congregationally, but probably serves best as special music.

Sounds like: Modern Christian pop-rock, with electronic nuance and danceable rhythms on some songs. No surprises, but some solidly biblical and heartfelt offerings that will serve as a resource for the Church

Top Songs
Most Singable: “I Am”
Strongest Biblical Content: “Almighty” Rev 4, 19:12; Isa 6:1-3) “Don’t Ever Stop” Phil 4:8+
The Whole Package: “I Am,” “Mercy” “Almighty”

Andrea Hunter
4.5 Stars

 

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