Matt Redman [We Shall Not Be Shaken]
Posted August 11, 2009
Matt Redman may be the premier songwriter in Christian music over the past decade as the writer of worship classics “The Heart of Worship”, “Better Is One Day”, “Blessed Be Your Name” and “You Never Let Go”. He is also part of the Passion conferences and most recently his hit song “Shine” was part of the Passion: God Of This City album. One of my favorite stories about Matt Redman, a native of England, is that in response to his church having too much focus on music he suggested they take a break from singing which led to his writing “The Heart of Worship”. The lyrics “I’m coming back to the heart of worship, it’s all about You” sums up Matt’s ministry and focus on vertical worship. His sincere singing and songwriting style and biblical inspired lyrics have made me a huge fan of Matt Redman.
“We Shall Not Be Shaken” sticks to the style that fans have come to admire and respect about Matt, starting off with “Through It All”, which includes an upbeat melody and a soaring anthem in the chorus, declaring: “Through it all You are strong. As we walk through the shadows still You shine on.” The goal of spiritual confidence points to the other key focus on We Shall Not Be Shaken, the centrality of Jesus and the cross. First single “This Is How We Know,” co-written with Redman’s wife, Beth, seamlessly blends the message of John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16. This is how we know what love is; just one look at Your cross… For You so loved the world that You gave Your only Son. Love amazing, so divine, we will love You in return.
Prior to the shaping of the album there was one extremely notable shakeup: in July of 2008, Matt and Beth Redman and their three young children at the time, moved from England to the United States, and in November they welcomed their fourth child. They had never envisioned themselves calling America “home,” but clearly God had another idea in mind. They recorded We Shall Not Be Shaken in Nashville, TN and now reside in Atlanta. He and his wife will help plant the Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA alongside Passion Conferences founder Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels.
We Shall Not Be Shaken is intentionally Psalm-like, using simple poetic lyrics to express unbreakable truth in an age of utter brokenness. “This album praises God’s steadiness,” says Redman. “We’re being reminded how shakable earthly things are—job losses, home foreclosures. Among Matt’s favorite tracks on the new album is “Remembrance (Communion Song)”, which fulfills his long-held desire to write specifically for the ceremonial Lord’s Supper.
Matt co-wrote “The More We See” with Chris Tomlin and the album closes with an excellent soft song of praise and worship “My Hope”, combining words from 1834’s “On Christ the Solid Rock” with Redman’s lyrics: Though every kingdom be shaken, still I will rest in You. I’ve been collecting Matt Redman since 1999’s “The Heart Of Worship” and he is my favorite overall worship leader in all of Christian music.
“Through It All”, “This Is How We Know”, “We Shall Not Be Shaken”, “Remembrance” and “My Hope” are my favorite songs on the album. If you like Delirious?, Jeremy Riddle, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder and Lincoln Brewster, then you must get “We Shall Not Be Shaken”, which is one of my top albums of 2009 and the best overall album by Matt Redman in my opinion.
Rating: 9.4 out of 10 (94%, A)
Review written by: Kevin Davis | Review can also be found here.
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