Best-selling modern worship band Hillsong UNITED returns in 2011 with twelve new songs recorded in a studio to inspire a generation to embrace the hope of the gospel.
Hillsong UNITED has always pushed the boundaries of what is considered “worship music,” and on AFTERMATH the band stays true to form again stretching themselves lyrically and sonically. The songs on AFTERMATH explore the life-changes and hopefulness in the 'aftermath' of an encounter with Christ. Longtime fans of the band and those who appreciate progressive worship music will not be disappointed.
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Hillsong UNITED [Aftermath]| Posted February 08, 2011 [MAIN REVIEW] AFTERMATH is the highly anticipated, 11th full-length album and second-ever studio recording from Hillsong UNITED that released Feb. 15, 2011. Inspired by the ‘aftermath’ paradox of the Cross, AFTERMATH is also the first new album from Hillsong UNITED in over two years. The band members took the time to challenge themselves musically and lyrically. Hillsong UNITED offers a creative collection of new songs that celebrates the One who saves, redeems and is the true representation of Hope in a world where hopelessness abounds. Known for such worldwide worship anthems as “The Stand,” “From the Inside Out,” “Hosanna” and “Lead Me To The Cross,” I eagerly await each new Hillsong UNITED release. The last UNITED studio recording was All Of The Above in 2005.
AFTERMATH opens with a new song written and sung by Joel Houston called “Take Heart.” It is an epic opening track, over 7 minutes long, and it sets the tone nicely for the new album. It’s very contemplative and reflective, similar to “A Beautiful Exchange.” Joel’s songs have always moved me and he sings with an emotional intensity. “Go” is next and will certainly be the concert anthem from this album in the style of “Take It All” and “One Way.” The song includes the classic Coldplay-type guitar riffs that I eagerly anticipate with each new album and picks up the Brit-Rock torch from recently retired Delirious?. Interestingly, the opening set of songs are the most Brit-Rock sounding on the album, as the last several songs transition over to a more electronic rock style, similar to Keane and Phil Wickham. I’ve been singing “The Stand”, “From The Inside Out”, “Mighty To Save”, “Soon” and many other Hillsong classics at my church for many years and I expect there will be several more worship classics from this album. One of the standout songs to me is the next song “Like An Avalanche.” The female vocals are beautiful and although Brooke (Fraser) Ligertwood is not part of this album, the song engages me similar to “Lead Me To The Cross.”
“Rhythms Of Grace” is a cool song and like most Hillsong UNITED songs, it has a great melody and great congregational chorus: “There is None beside You God, there is None beside You God, I live my life to shine Your light, There is None beside You God.” Title track “Aftermath” is another ballad and really anchors down the theme of this album with the worshipful lyrics: “In a moment of glorious surrender. You were broken for all the world to see. Lifted out of the ashes. I am found in the aftermath.” The album changes musical styles with an instrumental interlude “B.E.” which flows into a synth-rock song called “Bones,” which has another stellar female vocal and I’d love to sing this song with fellow believers. For sure, this will be one of the most popular songs from the new album and musically reminds me of The Killers, one of my favorite bands. “Nova” really grabs me with the upbeat musical style and I having seen this amazing band live in concert, I expect this to be another great song to hear performed live.
”Light Will Shine” is synth-rock at its best, and really displays the musical talent of this band. The song sounds like many mainstream alternative rock hits I’ve enjoyed over the years with an unashamed Gospel message. First single “Search My Heart” also has a pulsing electronic beat and I find myself singing the great chorus all the time: “So with all my heart and all my soul. With all I am. Lord I will follow You. You took the cross. You took my shame. Restored my life. Now I live to worship You.” “Awakening” is my favorite new worship anthem of the past year, which I hope will soon be a song I'll be singing with fellow believers. "Awakening" has a great worshipful chorus which ends with "Let Your will be done in me," which is the cry of my heart as well. The song also appeared on the last Passion album and most recently Chris Tomlin’s studio album, co-written with Reuben Morgan.
I'm impressed by the consistent quality and fresh worshipful songs that come from Hillsong United. AFTERMATH is no exception. For me, the standout songs are “Go,” “Like An Avalanche,” “Bones,” “Nova,” “Search My Heart” and “Awakening.” AFTERMATH is a must-have for your praise and worship collection.
Mesmerizing Musical Experience| Posted May 22, 2011
Aftermath is a finely crafted, surprising and mesmerizing musical experience. The album initiates with Take Heart in slow rendition with the all familiar voice of Joel Houston, ending in soothing violins as it transcends to the second track. Go captivates the all familiar energetic praise & worship sound of Hillsong United. Beautiful refreshing, from heavy electronic keys with hints of 80s pop sound, as in Bones & Search My Heart to the soothing Aftermath, and in all still maintaining its riveting rock edge. Every release from the Hillsong United is heavily expected, and one clearly sees why. The album is not as congregational as previous works, which may disappoint few. The music tends to shift towards another direction from earlier projects but the message remains the same, unchanged.
'aftər,maθ| Posted February 18, 2014
You really should buy the second studio album Aftermath by Hillsong UNITED. These worshippers will make you praise with their songs. And you really need to listen to their music. Let's adore Him!
Aftermath CD| Posted September 03, 2013
I love this album, powerful worship, lyrics filled with encouragement and truth, and this band has such a heart for God! Each and every song spoke to me! Some of my favorite songs off the album are "Go", "Like An Avalanche", "Aftermath" and "Search My Heart"! This cd truly has been a blessing to my life!
great album| Posted August 08, 2013
This album is full of songs that come from the heart, not just 3min songs cranked out to satisfy market objectives. Go - A youth conference favourite with lots of energy. They do Chris Tomlin's Awakening justice also. Personally, I prefer male singers over female singers but Bones is an amazing song.
Surprise| Posted July 27, 2013
I have to admit that when I first heard "Go", I was disappointed and I was convinced that Hillsong United didn't cut it for me anymore. But I chose to grow past my expectations when attending a concert with them in Toronto. My view on them hasn't been the same since then. This album definitely renewed my taste in music and changed my relationship with God.
The Aftermath| Posted May 01, 2013
This has to be one of my favorite hillsong albums. I love the songs "Go" and "Awakening" and I really like the bass in the beginning of the song "Nova". Hillsong needs to make more albums like this one.
As Inspiring as ever.| Posted April 12, 2013
This songs are the best of Hillsongs United as I may say.
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Hillsong United stepped it up!| Posted March 15, 2011
Wow, this album is their best yet. I love every one of their tracks. My favorite song would have to be "Aftermath" though. The lyrics blow me away, "In a moment of glorious surrender, You were broken for all the world to see" and "You took the sinner's crown as You placed Your crown on me". Then add the music to it and it's simply fantastic.