To say that Hillsong has been somewhat influential in the worship of modern worship music is like saying Babe Ruth was kind of good at baseball. Simply put, Australia’s Hillsong church is known as one of the pioneers of the modern worship movement around the world. Their 27th release, There is More, features 12 well-written songs whose themes focus on our identity in Christ, freedom through the cross, and God’s faithfulness, wrapped tightly with hook-laden melodies and honest musical expressions.
A song that is sure to find its place amongst SongSelect’s top 10 in the very near future is the lead track, “Who You Say I Am,” which lyrically kind of reminds me of “Good Good Father,” in that we hear about how Christ’s sacrifice and love for us is the basis of our identity. Brooke Ligertwood (Fraser) kicks the album off with her signature vocals as she sings passionately about our adoption as sons and daughters of the King.
“You are Life” follows, and is a peppy, pop-infused toe tapper about the freedom that Christ’s sacrifice gives every believer, while “Be Still” is an intimate prayer reminding us that, with Christ, every fear in life can be overcome when we are still and trust Him.
With each new Hillsong album, I am more impressed at how their writing over the past 2-3 years has really grown up spiritually and theologically. Instead of songs that talk primarily about what I am going to do for God, their thematic focus now rests on about what God has done and continues to do for us, and what our response to that should be. One great example on this album is “Remembrance,” which is an Intimate Piano Ballad perfect for communion Sundays and a powerful exploration of the new covenant that Jesus made through His body and blood.
Hillsong just keeps doing what they have been doing for 2 decades: bringing singable, rich worship music to connect people with God’s heart in worship. There is nothing ground-breaking or different about the arrangements or instrumentation here, but the writing and melodies are solid throughout. I mean, it’s Hillsong. ‘Nuff said.