Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection

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Matt Redman

When worship leaders are asked to name some of their main influences, Matt Redman’s name is usually near the top of the list, and with good reason. This new collection of some of Redman’s best songs, including four new recordings, is certainly one that any fan of Matt Redman will want to add to their library. Matt’s new version of “10,000 Reasons” has already hit the airwaves and kicks off this record. This album also includes new recordings of “Our God,” “Better Is One Day,” and a great new version of “Love So High.” The previously released songs include a good mix of recent tracks, like “Never Once” and “You Alone Can Rescue,” along with some classics like “The Father’s Song” and “Nothing But the Blood.” Also included is “Twenty Seven Million,” Passion’s song to raise awareness for the anti-human-trafficking movement. The video for this song was released on “White Flag,” but this is the first time the song is available on CD. With that and the new recordings, this album is worth its cost. Be prepared to hear some fresh ideas and sounds on these familiar songs.

More: The new version of “Our God” has a lush, synth/string heavy, yet techno-pop feel which really makes this track stand out. When the intro for “Better is One Day” starts, don’t bother to check—yes, it is the right song. The updated version gives this song a whole new skin, but with such a high quality artist, it sounds like it should have always been that way. “Love So High” just came out on Hillsong’s latest CD, but this is Matt’s first take on the song he co-wrote. This very congregationally-friendly arrangement is one of the stand-out tracks on the whole album; with the choir, orchestra and driving track, it is sure to become a favorite new anthem of the church.

Less: The only re-recording that may take some getting used to is “10,000 Reasons.” This abbreviated version is quite different than the original in that it removes the instrumental solo, and removes a measure before each verse and chorus, which really can throw a singer off if they are used to the original; however, for service planning, the shorter arrangement may be a plus for some. Aside from that, this is one of the best collections of new and previously released material to be released in the past few years by any artist. Highly recommend.

4.5 stars
Barry Westman

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