If anyone in the current CCM realm is deserving of a greatest hits record, itís Matt Redman.
The name should be familiar, but if it is not, letís just say heís the guy who wrote every single
song you sang on Sunday morning. That, of course, would be an exaggeration, but let the magnitude of the
notion that there is the slightest chance that he did, indeed, write every single song you sang on
Sunday morning sink in for just a moment. Crazy, isnít it? Heís the unprecedented leader of the modern worship
movement, composer of "The Heart of Worship," "Better Is One Day," "Blessed Be Your Name," and countless others.
Itís for the latter song that this, his first greatest hits album was named. Blessed Be Your Name:
The Songs of Matt Redman Vol. 1 could have hastily been thrown together as select previously recorded
studio tracks of old favorites, but instead, this greatest hits release is a live recording, featuring all
the energy and sincerity of a Matt Redman worship experience. All of his classics are captured here.
Worldwide hits such as the aforementioned three, as well as songs like "Undignified," "Holy Moment,"
"Let Everything that Has Breath," "Once Again," and, yes, many others, are all included. The albumís
strength of song-selection may actually be itís only weak point. So many of these songs have been done
repeatedly since their conception. But they are redeemed in that this is Redman singing his songs.
Though solely based on track listing it would seem the least likely, itís one of the rare worship albums
out there that does not include a cover.
But then again, most times a worship album does a cover track, theyíre belting a Redman song. Known,
however, can do it with as much passion and energy as the very one who wrote it. Blessed Be Your Name:
The Songs of Matt Redman Vol. 1 is an excellent worship experience that spotlights one of the best in
the business, but never loses focus on the reason for the worship.
- Review date: 12/26/05, written by Josh Taylor of Jesusfreakhideout.com