Planetshakers: Overflow

Over the past few years, Planetshakers, who hail from Melbourne, Australia, have found quite a following among young millennial Christians from around the world with their energetic and emotionally charged style of worship. Their latest album, Overflow, was recorded at their 2016 conference in Melbourne and captures the worship experience of the over 15,000 people who were in attendance.

Featuring 15 new songs of worship produced by worship leader Joth Hunt, the theme of the project is rooted in Ephesians 3:20 and for the most part, this album is much like previous Planetshaker releases, chock full of enthusiastic, engaging, and youthful worship whose musical foundations tend to rest in the electronic pop/dance genre.

Some of the better high energy tracks include the opener, “Come Right Now”, which boasts a funky bass line over lyrics calling for the Holy Spirit to come and change our hearts, as well as “I’m Free”, and the infectious toe tapping title track, “Overflow”, which declares the power of Christ in our lives.

The one thing that sets this set of songs apart is how truly different the mid to slow tempo worship offerings are from their counterparts. Not just musically, but also in their content and theology. I truly loved most of the “other” songs on this album. “I Came For You” is a gorgeous reminder of the reason we come to worship: that it is not about us, it is about an encounter with Christ. “Sings My Soul” follows and is probably the best-written song here. This would be a perfect call to confession, or for use in a Lenten service as we are taken on an intimate journey to the cross and our daily need for forgiveness.

The album wraps up unexpectedly with the southern-Gospel infused anthem, “Gotta Give Him Glory”, which combines the sway of a black Gospel choir complete with a killer horn section and the driving thump of a four-on-the-floor dance beat, which actually works well.

The perplexing thing to me is how an album could have so many well-written, theologically and spiritually deep songs connected to songs full of overused cliche’s whose verses and choruses don’t connect in any way. It’s almost like these songs are from two different albums, and to be honest, it was kind of distracting in the end. I think this could have been an incredible album if the writers at Planetshakers would have spent as much time writing for the fast songs as they did the slower ones. Still, there are a bunch of great songs for your church on this album. Go pick it up and fast forward to get the good stuff.

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