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The Same Love, Paul Baloche - Album Review

The Same Love, Paul Baloche - Album Review

By Barry Westman on March 12, 2012

Listening to a new Paul Baloche CD for the first time is like opening a huge stack of Christmas presents – so much excitement, anticipation of what’s to come, looking forward to discovering what new jewels will be inside.

With Paul’s latest release, The Same Love, that anticipation is greatly rewarded with a batch of fresh, powerful, creative new songs for the church. Even with this new project, Baloche’s 12th recording with Integrity Music, Paul continues to stay relevant and in tune with what’s happening today musically and in the church at large.

Collaborating with some of today’s top artists in the church, like Kari Jobe, All Sons & Daughters, Lincoln Brewster, Kathryn Scott and more, Paul delivers an album with themes of God’s faithfulness and mercy through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross that showcases his unbreakable connection to and passion for the Church.

From the opening few bars of piano on the first track, the title song, you can tell this album is going to be an adventure into new territory for Baloche. Co-written with Michael Rossback, “The Same Love” invites us with a fresh, new sound to remember that God is calling us all by name with “The same love that set the captives free/The same love that opened eyes to see”.

Paul says of the creative process behind this album, “You’re trying to go places you’ve never been, deeper into ancient truths, stirring up your modern soul, if you will.” The result of this exploration is a progressive, yet familiar sound for Baloche, mixing all of these different elements of harmony, chords, lyrics, melody and vibe.

The album continues with “We Are Saved”, a song not only co-written with Ben Fielding, but Ben also lends his voice on this driving, Hillsong-esque anthem. Many familiar voices are heard along with Paul’s on this project, including popular duo All Sons & Daughters on “King of Heaven” and “Oh Our Lord” - two standout tracks!

Kathryn Scott lends her voice on “My Hope”, a powerful song of hope for the church. Baloche says, “Life is hard, people are looking for hope, and there’s not much to be found outside of the hope we have in Christ. My intent is for these songs to be honest prayers for the Church to sing…”

Other familiar voices you’ll hear are Kari Jobe on “Look Upon the Lord”, One Sonic Society’s Jason Ingram on “Reign In Me”, and Brothers McClurg on “Just Say”, which was previously recorded on their Alive EP with a whole different vibe. Other songs you may recognize are “Loved By You” and “Shout for Joy” which are co-writes with Lincoln Brewster and appear on his Real Life project.

Once again, Paul Baloche gives the Church a great gift with The Same Love. Paul’s voice sounds just as strong as ever, and the album is filled with songs that will work well in a corporate worship setting. From the simple yet striking “Your Blood Ran Down” to the full sound of “All Because of The Cross”, you will be sure to find a use for every song on this amazing album.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

-Review by Barry Westman

(review copy provided by Integrity Music)

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Barry Westman

Barry Westman

Barry has served in worship ministry for 20 years, currently serving as Worship Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Janesville, Wisconsin. He was born and raised in Minnesota, husband to Tina, and father to three beautiful children - Chad, Emily and Olivia. He usually leads worship from the keyboard and loves to play board games!