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Matt Redman
Blessed Be Your Name The Songs Of Matt Redman: Vol. 1


Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 12 tracks: 59 minutes, 39 seconds
Street Date: July 19, 2005
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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



. Record Label: Sparrow Records
. Album length: 12 tracks, 59 minutes and 39 seconds
. Street Date: July 19, 2005
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Blessed Be Your Name
  2. Holy Moment
  3. Once Again
  4. The Heart of Worship
  5. Let My Words Be Few
  6. Lord, Let Your Glory Fall
  7. Undignified
  8. Better is One Day
  9. Facedown
  10. I Will Offer Up My Life
  11. Let Everything That Has Breath
  12. The Father's Song
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