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10,000 Reasons - Matt Redman

Rating: Glory Revealed II album review - 4 stars

Recorded live during the 2011 LIFT Conference, Matt Redman's latest release 10,000 Reasons is a thematically diverse collection of congregational-friendly worship songs.

Holding true to his statement that "there is always something to say to God," Redman's 10,000 Reasons includes songs on Jesus' return, Jesus' resurrection, God's faithfulness, God's holiness, etc…10,000 Reasons is a worship-ready album ready for use in any contemporary worship service.

Corporate language and singable choruses are just a few reasons why 10,000 Reasons is yet another solid release from Redman. The title track of the album includes tasteful mandolin orchestration and is musically and lyrically catchy - it's sure to be a regular in contemporary worship ensembles.

Likewise, the themes of God's grace in the tracks Never Once and We Could Change the World make them easy inclusions in any Lutheran contemporary worship service. Never Once also includes a focus on God's faithfulness that is as poignant as the focus on Christian mission in We Could Change the World. Both offer congregations an opportunity to engage with these important concepts in a musically and theologically meaningful way.

As the album starts off with the driving tune We Are the Free, several tracks (Fires, We Could Change the World) continue this excitement/these driving rhythms throughout the record. Finally, the doubling of the melody in the piano part of Never Once makes the song easy to teach to any congregation - 10,000 Reasons is chock-full of songs that are worship-service ready.

While thematically and lyrically diverse, the album does suffer from overproduction - as a live album, the sound is a bit too squeaky-clean. This is perhaps not surprising given the genre, but were it not for the applause and welcome addition of crowd singing, one might suspect that the album was actually cut inside of a studio.

While this is perhaps a testimony to the skill of both the audio engineers and Redman's band, it also points to an over-rehearsed sound that lacks some depth and spontaneity as a result. Likewise, while the orchestration of tracks such as 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) and Magnificent are nice touches, the album isn't as musically adventurous/diverse as the thematic selections behind the tracks.

On the whole, however, 10,000 Reasons is a great addition to your listening library and worship-music catalog!


worship-ready tracks: 10,000 Reasons

10,000 Reasons: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - 10,000 Reasons | Sheet Music

Never Once: Never Once - 10,000 Reasons | Sheet Music

We Could Change the World: We Could Change the World - 10,000 Reasons | Sheet Music




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