Worship Album of the Year Contender
Posted September 23, 2016
Although this year has seen countless worship releases, Planetshakers' latest live project Overflow seems to transcend all of them. Every generation seems to be represented in this versatile collage of praise anthems from the Australian band's worshipful work of art.
Opening with the infectious "Come Right Now," which happens to be my personal favorite, Overflow begins with a splash of bubbly energy. Keeping the vibrant worship going are the driving "River" and the hypnotic "Overflow."
Planetshakers showcase their knack for diversity in the ballads that follow the hype of the first three tracks. Both "I Know Who You Are" and "I Came for You" place their lyrical focus on the vertical aspect of worship. "Sings My Soul" provides a reflection on the cross: "My punishment was upon You / You wore the crown of my shame / and You bought me life eternal / with the last breath You gave." The ballad collection ends with an acoustic interlude, "Heart Song," which builds in intensity and provides an innovative segue into the next couple of electronic worship anthems.
Even children and young teenagers can enjoy this album. "I'm Free" and "Give My All" are jam-packed with synths, dance beats, poppy piano riffs and rushes of adrenaline.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, those who grew up at the beginning of contemporary Christian music as a genre will love the next few songs. "Precious to Me" is a heartfelt and bold declaration: "I want You more than my comfort / I want You more than my deeds / Holy Spirit, You are so precious to me." The acoustic, relaxing "Face to Face" is a lullaby-ish yet gorgeous melody of worship. Dabbling in the world of gospel music, "Join With the Angels" gives a choir-like feel as many voices join together and sing about what worshiping in heaven will be like someday. Beautiful harmonies resonate throughout "My Father's Child," which also contains powerful lyrics: "I see You run with open arms / my heart is undone."
Never before on a current worship album have I heard such a funky gospel stomp as "Gotta Give Him Glory." The worship leader channels her inner Amy Grant as she sings about how God showers us with blessings. But the real showstopper is "Here Comes the Revival (feat. Boom)," which is a collective cry for God to send a nationwide awakening.
The Bottom Line: Worshipers of any age will enjoy the many facets of Overflow. Planetshakers have truly found a way through their music to unify every generation under the Name of Jesus.
Song to Download Now:
"Come Right Now" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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