Matthew West: All In

For his tenth album, West delivers the biblically centered perspective fans have come to know and love. “Grace is a kingdom with gates open wide. There’s a seat at the table just waiting for you, so come on inside.” He adopts a thoroughly modern musical form with plenty of “whoa’s” and anthemic half-time, tom-driven percussion that lands somewhere between Ed Sheeran and Mat Kearney. “Mercy is a Song” swings with a gospel beat, while the tongue-twisting patter of “Amen” celebrates God’s grace and new birth. Biography features heavily; “The Sound of a Life Changing” recounts the Steven Curtis Chapman concert at which West set his own career course in Christian music, while “Something Greater” reviews his marriage, and daughter Lulu joins him on the maternal tribute “Becoming Me.” “Power Love Sound Mind” ventures furthest afield musically with its semi-recitative vocal delivery recounting stories of suffering. “Jesus & You” recalls Van Morrison by way of Jason Mraz.

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