I HEART HILLSONG
Posted September 24, 2008
The band has been around since the turn of the millennium, but it’s only been in the past few years that Hillsong United has unequivocally exploded in popularity. This has posed a serious quandary for the thousands of cash-starved youth stateside and abroad that go crazy at the group’s stadium-sized worship gatherings: Which album is the one to get?
The I Heart Revolution solves that. The two-disc set is a true-to-form representation of what one encounters in the thick of a sweaty, hand-raising mosh pit at a United show: a can’t-sit-still, nonstop hit parade encompassing all the highlights from the group’s breakout albums Look to You, United We Stand and All of the Above.
The results are electric—heart-pounding even—stripped of nearly all the post-production gloss that’s commonplace in today’s live offerings. The raw, almost bootleg sound quality makes for a rough listening session in spots, but there are so many huge moments of unabashed praise, one is willing to overlook the coarseness.
But then again, consider the logistics: United captured every song on location at different stops in the band’s worldwide travels, from New Jersey all the way to London, Cape Town and Buenos Aires. It all makes The I Heart Revolution one terrific, post-concert keepsake, as well as a faithful documentation of the group’s heartfelt journey to change the world one worshipper at a time. --Andree Farias
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