Passion - Even So Come [Review]
Passion: Even So Come follows a grand tradition of albums that capture the energy and..."passion," of the thousands of college students attending the annual Passion Conferences. Fans of Passion value consistency just as much as artistry and those fans will not be disappointed. From the opening title track, "Even So Come," featuring Passion alum, Chris Tomlin, to the closing refrains of John Mark McMillan's classic, "How He Loves Us," this is a stirring album focused on God's name and renown.
Returning with Tomlin are David Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and Brett Younker, some of this generation's most acclaimed worship leaders. This is familiar territory for them and they lead with grace and ease.
Crowder is at his country rock best with "Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)." Nockels's track, "My Anchor," is typically grand, yet intimate and heartfelt. Brett Younker's "The Way," is the closest thing the collection has to a real dancing song. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite repeat the magic of "God's great Dance Floor" from the previous album.
Joining them for the first time is Melodie Malone. Previously a singer on Redman's "10,000 Reasons," here she takes the lead on "Forever," recently made popular by co-writter, Kari Jobe. Melodie is brilliant, capturing excellently the frailty and majesty of this instant classic.
However, the highlight of the Deluxe Edition has to be the bonus tracks featuring acoustic treatments of some real worship classics. "We Fall Down" has never sounded better than it does here sung by thousands of young voices. "The Heart of Worship" also, featuring Matt Redman's typically deliberate and earnest style, definitely sounds best when the music fades and all is stripped away.
In a world where production and performance on worship albums have never been better, it is refreshing to find such simple tracks on a major release. It reminds us that it is possible to worship with just a guitar, even surrounded by thousands of saints, and sometimes those moments are the best.
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