Matt Redman "Glory Song (Second Opinion Review)" by Andrew Funderburk (CMADDICT.com) on 2017-10-02 10:51:28
In a genre that continues to be filled with new faces that come then fade quckly, there are some worship artists that continue to stand the test of time. The modern classics we still hear are those that are born from a place of depth, not just a heart to record another best-selling track. With the release of his 15th album, "Glory Song",Matt Redman is one of those artists that stands the test of time and continues to be consistent in the worship he releases.
Unlike previous projects, "Glory Song" carries a more diverse musical compilation, mostly attributed to the featured artists on the album, which includes Kierra Sheard, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Gunva B, plus more. With those artists, some of the songs introduce a gospel vibe to the songs, with Gunva B adding a rap solo to "Gospel Song". Other tracks are paired with group vocals strengthening the feel that it can easily be carried into a church congregation. Beyond the vocals and gospel feel intertwined, the composition remains in the vein of the style of music that characterizes worship. Even with the gospel weaved into the mix, the 13 track project doesn't really break "new ground".
As with his past albums, Redman's "Glory Song" is lyrically genuine, with an apparent depth and thoughtfulness towards the words written. This is witnessed in the triumphant feel of the opening track "All Glory" (All glory to the Father/All glory to the Son/All glory to the Spirit/The Spirit of our God/As it was in the beginning and will be in the end/All glory to Your everlasting name). This continues with songs like "Redemption Ground" (I'll lay my hallelujah down/Where all my hope is found/and praise You for redemption ground) and the title track "Simple Pursuit - Glory Song" (God take us back/The place we began/The simple pursuit of nothing but You/The innocence of a heart in Your hands).
What Redman does with "Glory Song" is presents an album consistent with who he is as an artist. He presents an album of thoughtfulness in regards to the lyrics written by excellently weaving theological truths and introspection to a great degree. The themes "Glory Song" walks through are the thoughts and feelings of pain while still maintaining a heart of praise. It truly is an album that encapsulates glory to God, while offering rejuvenation and refreshing to the listener.
All Glory (feat. Kierra Sheard) (5:07)
Gospel Song (feat. Guvna B) (4:32)
Greatest Hallelujah (7:14)
Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard) (5:50)
One Day (When We All Get to Heaven) (5:42)
Redemption Ground (feat. Madison Cunningham) (4:46)
It Is Finished (4:07)
Questions (You Are Faithful) (6:30)
Still I Will Sing (4:13)
Place of Praise (feat. Kim Walker-Smith) (5:08)
Hope Is Marching On (4:16)
Simple Pursuit / Glory Song (7:43)
Your Ways (5:27