Matt Maher "Echoes"
by Michael Tackett ( on 2017-10-16 13:00:18

Matt Maher, a leading musician, and lyricist for over a decade has returned for his sixth solo record Echoes. As a noun, the word echo means “a close parallel or repetition of an idea, feeling, style, or event.” As a verb, it means “(of an object, movement, or event) be reminiscent of or has shared characteristics with.” After listening to the record, you can tell why Maher named his record Echoes. It’s a profound lyrical message proclaiming the struggle between seeking a Savior through life struggles while offering grace to those around us. (Even those we don't agree with)

The current state of affairs in the USA and around the world is not lost in Maher. In fact, he talks about it in great context. In “Clean Heart” Maher starts the track by singing” Woke up this morning/ The whole world was yelling.” The rest of the track walks through h reflecting on one’s own self, before engaging in potential argumentative decisions. In the same track, he sings “We measure our mercy/When mercy is a flood.” That one lyrical statement holds so much weight and discussion that it’s no wonder Maher is one of the great CCM lyricists of today.

Through the deep lyrical content, there are worship filled tracks as well that paint a picture of a God that defends His people and is there for those that are struggling. Songs like “What a Friend” and “Won't Let Me Down” encourage to lean on a God and lay our burdens down. In “What a Friend” Maher sings “… Everybody knows sorrow, devastation/But we can lay our burdens down…What a friend we have in Jesus”.

In a CCM setting its refreshing to see an artist take on current events and use that to not only encourage the listener to act and perhaps think differently but remind us that there is a God that is here that loves and defends us. In “Echoes Two” Maher sums up his prayer perfectly by singing “Bind us together as one/ We would find the greater good/ Searching for a common ground… I hear the echoes/Follow the Echoes.” Will you follow the Echoes?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Genre: Pop
Label: Essential Records
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

Echoes One (1:29)
Clean Heart (3:00)
What a Friend (3:17)
Holy (4:17)
Your Love Defends Me (3:46)
Just as I Am (4:11)
Awake My Soul (A Thousand Tongues) (3:51)
Faithfulness (feat. Steffany Gretzinger) (3:31)
Echoes Two (1:00)
Picket Sign (3:01)
Won't Let Me Down (3:34)
The Least of These (3:50)
The Cross Forever Speaks (3:52)
Into Your Hands (3:50)
As Good as It Gets (3:48)
Your Love Defends Me (Solo Piano Version) (4:15)


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