The new album was recorded live at the Passion 2012 conference with more than 44,000 university-aged students in Atlanta, GA January 2-5, 2012. The new album features songs from sixstepsrecords artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill. The album and new song offerings will reflect the desire of a generation to lay down their lives to live for the renown of Christ.
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Not Ashamed (Kristian Stanfill)
White Flag (Chris Tomlin)
Jesus Son of God (Chris Tomlin & Christy Nockels)
How I Love You Jesus (Christy Nockels)
All This Glory (David Crowder*Band)
Lay Me Down (Chris Tomlin & Matt Redman)
You Revive Me (Christy Nockels)
One Thing Remains (Kristian Stanfill)
Yahweh (Chris Tomlin)
Sing Along (Christy Nockels
The Only One (Chris Tomlin)
Mystery (Charlie Hall)
10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
No Turning Back (Chris Tomlin)
Let Me Feel You Shine (David Crowder*Band) (Deluxe Bonus)
Who You Are (Kristian Stanfill) (Deluxe Bonus)
Jesus My All In All (Charlie Hall) (Deluxe Bonus)
Twenty Seven Million (ft. Matt Redman & LZ7)(Video)
How Great Is Our God (World Edition ft. Chris Tomlin)(Video)
Fearless (Passion 2012 Talk Video ft. Louie Giglio)
A Beautiful Surrender| Posted March 16, 2012 Pounding drums and a rockin’ guitar riff kicks off the album, as Kristian Stanfill welcomes us with the Parachute Band-like “Not Ashamed.” It’s a declarative, high-tempo song that includes shouts of “Hey! Hey!” punctuating bold statements of faith: “I’m not ashamed of the one who saved my soul / This fire inside of me is burning for Your name!” It also smacks of the Passion: Awakening album’s early track, “Say, Say.”
The standout track on the album comes next, the title track, “White Flag.” The song--slightly more upbeat, but similar in feel to Passion’s “Our God”--features Chris Tomlin leading the Church in a passionate song about both freedom and surrender. Driving snare drums and a pounding bass drum create an epic end-of-a-movie kind of vibe for a song that extols the power of surrender to Jesus. “We raise our white flag; we surrender all to you, all for you / We raise our white flag; the war is over / Love has come, your love has won.” This track is one that will find its way into the majority of contemporary Western churches in just a few months.
“Jesus Son of God” sees the team-up of vocal powerhouses Tomlin and Christy Nockels. The song quickly builds in intensity as the story of Jesus’ sacrificial love is told, culminating in a personalization of the story: “Be lifted higher than all You've overcome / Your name be louder than any other song / There is no power that can come against Your love / The cross was enough, the cross was enough.” A simple and gripping refrain of affection for the Savior rings out with the Nockels-fronted “How I Love You.” Over and over, the people sing: “How I love You, Jesus.”
Fans of David Crowder*Band not ready to say goodbye get another chance to hear something new, as the Baylor boys present the song “All This Glory.” The song--which isn’t on any of the band’s other albums, including Give Us Rest--is an awestruck song about how God brought light into the darkness of our world and the darkness of our individual “messes.” A musically fitting companion to GIve Us Rest’s “Sometimes,” the song culminates in a loud declarative bridge: “Jesus! God with us! Jesus Christ has come, and I’m undone!” Crowder fans also will be delighted to hear a live version of the Give Us Rest hit “Let Me Feel You Shine” on the deluxe version of this album.
Tomlin and Matt Redman join forces for “Lay Me Down,” a song with a catchy hook that presents one’s self to God as a living sacrifice: “I lay me down, I’m not my own / I belong to You alone / Hand on my heart, this much is true / There’s no life apart from You.” The two worship leaders’ distinct voices play off one another well, and bring out the richness in each other.
The “Waiting Here For You” sort of tender moment from Here For You takes place with the also Nockels-led “You Revive Me.” The song is beautifully poetic, delicately resounding: “And all my deserts are rivers of joy / You are the treasure I could not afford / So I'll spend myself till I'm empty and poor / All for You / You revive me Lord.”
A pair of Tomlin-led songs likely will provide additional worship staples for the Church. “Yahweh” declares, “Yahweh / Your name alone be exalted.” The song reflects throughout on the attributes of God the Father--His sovereignty, His worthiness, His other-ness from everything else, His love, and His holiness--in a loud, chant-like chorus. On “The Only One,” we’re shown a song that has an uncharacteristically swinging melody that leads into a stadium-friendly chant in the chorus: “In my life, Jesus / More of You, Jesus / You are the One / You are the Only One.” The song is about tying our hopes and our trust to Christ.
“Sing Along” is a reminder that despite the pain in the darkest places of the world, God hasn’t forgotten. The acoustic guitar-driven verses talk about “babies hidden in the shadows”, “captives weeping” and “the pain we cannot see.” The verses break out into a surprisingly hopeful-sounding sung prayer that God would comfort the hurting world and that we’d participate, too: “Great God, wrap Your arms around this world tonight / And when You hear our cries / Sing through the night / So we can join in Your song / And sing along.”
White Flag features a smattering of songs already familiar to worship music listeners. The aforementioned “Let Me Feel You Shine,” Redman’s “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” the Brian Johnson/Bethel tune “One Thing Remains” (as performed by Stanfill), and Charlie Hall’s Christ-centered tune “Mystery” (from his 2008 release The Bright Sadness).
The album ends with “No Turning Back,” a fitting conclusion after 14 tracks of recognizing the Savior and declaring allegiance to Him. Led by Tomlin, the song--which gives more than a nod to the seminal commitment hymn, “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”--speaks of standing for Christ when no one else does: “This is my heart cry / Though none go with me / The cross before me / The world behind me.” The journey ends here with power--a congregational exclamation point on an album full of declarations.
Closing Thoughts: Passion has done it again. It’s amazing to see the progression of this movement, not just in terms of attendance and stature, but in terms of its music, too. The songs of the Church stem from this movement, clearly, and there’s no reason to believe White Flag won’t produce more of the same. The mix of voices, styles and focuses so beautifully paints the picture of a savior who is worthy of our allegiance. There’s a good mix of uptempo dancing songs, mid-tempo congregational anthems and down-tempo introspective worship moments, anchored by the pinnacle song on the album, “White Flag.”
I only have one complaint, and it’s that Lecrae should’ve made a return appearance! His participation in the last project was a great leap forward in worship music, and it would’ve been great to see that continue. And maybe it would’ve been great to have more Matt Redman. That said, there’s plenty of amazing supporting songs that cultivate an edifying and emboldening worship encounter.
White Flag Surrenders All| Posted August 28, 2012
The album is so full of truth about God's goodness and about who we are in Him. Great songs for lovers of guitar driven songs and the soft and beautiful arrangements that leave you to ponder how great God is. Wonderful and full of life. Might be the best cd Passion has ever released. Buy it now if you want songs that speak to all generations.
A Young Generation| Posted June 28, 2012
It's amazing to see a young generation that truly worship God! And in this album I can feel in each music, mpre than a song, but lyrics that praise the Lord. with an excellentselection ofartists, especiallyChrisTomlimwith musicfrom the album"whiteflag,"It sure isanalbumthat everyloverof Christian musicneeds to hear. For methe besttracks on the CDare fromKristianStanfillandChrisTomlim.
Best Passion Album EVER| Posted March 13, 2012
Okay, so I have pretty much ALL of the Passion Albums, and this one is BY FAR, THE best album! I don't know if it has to do with the fact that I was at Passion 2012 this year, or it's simply amazing, but I can tell you all that it is filled with beautiful music, lyrics, etc. common, even Louie Giglio said it is the best Passion Album so far in one of his tweets! If you like good music, you should probably purchase this album!