20 years ago, a small group of little-known worship leaders wanted to do a Christian conference for young people in Australia with the purpose of “empowering generations to win generations”. That conference has since blossomed to thousands each year around the world while birthing new, international congregations, all with the goal of making Jesus known to all. That group was Planetshakers.
Their 34th album, Legacy, is a compilation of two-previously released EP’s from earlier this year. The thirteen songs contained in this collection follow in the same vein as fellow countryfolk Hillsong, or groups such as Bethel or Jesus Culture.
The album kicks off with the classic energetic enthusiasm that Planetshakers is known for with the anthemic, “Alive Again”, which celebrates the ways God lifts his people. The drums and bass lines are catchy and the overall musicianship is way above par.
The album is split fairly evenly between the EDM dance worship songs of praise and more intimate tracks like “We Speak Life”, which speaks of the healing power and miracles of Christ while reminding us how, in His name, we can bring healing to the world. “Here’s My Life” finds its foundation in Psalm 51, and “You Are Here” tells of how the Holy Spirit rests on us daily.
The best song on the album by far is “All On the Altar”, which begins as an intimate piano ballad with memorable hooks and a chorus that explores the daily sacrifice we must make to keep our eyes focused on Christ. The song soon builds to an incredible chorus and bridge crying out to God to have His way with us and to refine us with His all-consuming fire.
To me, the aforementioned song is the saving grace of this whole collection. The writing and arrangement seemed much more mature and well thought out than many of the other tracks here. It was as if it almost belonged on a different album altogether because, for the most part, I wasn’t hearing much personal struggle or story throughout, but rather a bunch of dance songs with overused Christian Cliché’s. Now mind you, I appreciated the overall mixing, musicianship, and excitement that must have been in the room, but at its core, this is another album of too many songs about what we are going to do for God instead of concentrating on what He did for us, which should be the foundation of worship. That being said, if you love EDM worship that is geared for a younger generation, you will enjoy this album.