MercyMe "Welcome To The New" by Julia Kitzing (cmaddict.com) on 2014-04-01 08:47:25
MercyMe has been around the CCM music scene for many years and are well known for songs like “I Can Only Imagine” and “Homesick” just to name a few. Upon first listening to “Welcome to the New” you will notice that this is a different style for MercyMe. However, rest assure it is a very well done album with catchy lyrics that will have you tapping your feet, dancing, and singing along. Maybe even playing the air guitar or air drums!!
“Welcome to the New” almost seems like it’s a song welcoming new brothers and sisters into the family of God, and at the same time reminding believers where we’ve come from and what God has already done in our lives: “Let us be the first to welcome you, welcome to the life you thought was to good to be true” and “Look at you shiny and new, look at you you’ve got the proof of purchase, because your worth it”
“Shake” is the first radio single off of the album and is so catchy you can’t help but sing along and dance to it. I personally find myself tapping my steering wheel when I’m driving and this song comes on the radio! The lyrics talk about how you can’t help but ‘tell the world’ about the change that has occurred when you’ve met Jesus. No matter how old you are, you are a changed person, and your life will reflect that change. With lyrics “Maybe He came to you, When everything seemed fine, Or maybe your world was upside down and hit you right between the eyes, No matter when it happened, At seven or ninety-five, Move your feet ‘cause you are free, And you've never been more alive.”
Sometimes it’s hard to ignore the voices of those around you that are trying to put you down. “Greater” will remind you to look to God and His Word to find your true worth. Bart shares in a video, found on MercyMe’s YouTube channel, about how his son overcame being teased because of a stuttering problem: “I am running freely, understanding just how He sees me, and it makes me love Him more and more.”
“Finish What He Started” reminds believers that because of Jesus, our bodies, that are dying and falling apart, are not all there is. We can look forward to a new body. That because of the cross, He is ultimately still working in and through us until the day He calls us home. “This work He started in you now, He’s faithful to complete it, The promise was sealed when He cried out it is finished.”
“Dear Younger Me” is a song looking back to a younger version of yourself, just like the title implies. Wishing that you could give advice to a younger you about what you’ve learned as you’ve gotten older and experienced more of life. “If I only knew what I know now, would’ve not been hard to figure out, what I would’ve changed, if I had heard, dear younger me, it’s not your fault, you were never met to carry, this beyond the cross…” It’s an encouraging reminder for us to leave things at the feet of Jesus, and walk in His grace and forgiveness.
This album promises to encourage you in your faith, and is a wonderful album to give to a friend who you are sharing your faith with. It’s catchy and fun, with a wonderful message of hope woven throughout.
Here is a link to sample clips of the songs on the new MercyMe album. Also on their YouTube channel you can find stories behind some of the songs on the album.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Label: Fair Trade Services
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes
1. Welcome To The New
2. Gotta Let It Go
5. Finish What He Started
7. New Lease On Life
8. Wishful Thinking
9. Burn Baby Burn
10. Dear Younger Me