Matt Redman is such a prolific song writer that it’s likely most worship leaders include one of his songs in nearly every set. He has definitely been a gift from God to the church.
Last week, 10,000 Reasons, Matt’s newest album arrived. I haven’t spent a ton of time listening to it yet, but my first impressions have been very positive, and I’m sure things will just get better. Redman’s stuff normally does.
I have to be honest in saying that I have not been the biggest fan of Matt’s arrangements. I’ve loved so many of his songs, but I never really enjoyed just listening to his stuff. But that has changed. His previous release, We Shall Not Be Shaken, is arguably one of the best modern worship albums in recent years, and 10,000 Reasons seems to be following suit.
10,000 Reasons is a live album full of new songs, so you really get the best of both worlds, the amazing dynamic of many voices passionately singing to God, and all new songs that honor and glorify the Savior. Matt always does a great job of making his songs sound fresh, making a conscious effort to avoid recycling the overused cliches of “Christian-ese”. Instead, he brings his creative mind to bear on old truths and helps make them seem new without seeming or being different. This commitment makes for an album that is not only worth listening to, but singing with, glorifying Christ by singing a new song to Him.
Personal favorites from the album so far are “Oh This God” and “Here For You”, but to be honest, they’re all pretty great. I especially appreciate that the songs sound distinct from one another. They each have a voice and bring something unique to the album.
My one regret about this album, and every solid praise album that comes out, is that we are becoming so saturated with average songs that it is becoming more and more difficult to find the standouts.
10,000 Reasons is a stand out. I highly recommend it.