Chris Tomlin [Hello Love]
Posted September 24, 2008
Chris Tomlin is probably one of the most well-known contemporary Christian worship leaders and musical artists of this decade. His music has been making it into churches and on to stages across the country (and all over the world) since his first album, The Noise We Make debuted in 2001. His latest CD, Hello Love, will debut on September 2, 2008, and fans will not be disappointed.
The musicality of this album seems more subdued than some of his previous offerings. However, lyrically, nothing is lacking. The music is still all about bringing glory to God, and calling His people to worship. In a press release, Tomlin said, “The thought I’ve had running through my head is that it’s time to introduce ourselves to love again. People need to be reminded that what we’re here to do is to love God and love people. Worship is a relationship of love. It’s our love of God and our love of people.”
“Sing, Sing, Sing” (no, not the famous swing song by Glen Miller) starts off the album with a tone that immediately sets up the listener for a time of worship. “Sing, sing, sing /
And make music with the Heavens / We will sing, sing, sing / Grateful that You hear us / When we shout Your praise / Lift high the name of Jesus.”
One song you may have heard already is a single that has been played on radio stations for a few weeks now. “Jesus Messiah” has already made its way into many church worship services. The song focuses on Jesus as Savior, and proclaims His greatness over all. It is humbling to hear Jesus uplifted. This song is unique because so many contemporary worship songs focus on us as the worshipers instead of on God as the One to be worshiped. It’s about how much we love Him and what we do and say. “Jesus Messiah” brings everything back to God.
Some other the album highlights include: “My Deliverer,” “God Almighty,” and “You Lifted Me Out.” The songs I expect to hear in church in a few weeks include: “God of the City,” “Love,” and “Exalted (Yahweh).”
The last song on the album is “All the Way My Savior Leads Me.” The poetic lyrics speak of never walking alone, because we are with the one who cheers us on in darkness, and keeps us from falling. “And when my spirit clothed immortal / Wings its flight to realms of day / This my song through endless ages / Jesus led me all the way…” It is a good way to wrap up an album about love, because it points us in the direction of the One who loves us enough to never leave us.
It is easy for fans to connect to the music because the chorus is always simple, always meaningful, and always beautiful. The lyrics are honest, and uncomplicated. God is big and awesome, but being with Him does not have to complicated and scary. It can and should be an experience of a deep and wonderful relationship in which you are safe. You are totally loved by the Savior, and what better way to express your love for Him than to worship in song?
In a press release, Tomlin talked about why his songs appeal to so many. “God’s given me a gift to connect people with God,” Tomlin says. “So I try to write songs with those people in mind. I try to open worship up to everything it can be, not just my personal preference, but what can it be for a person sitting in an office, or a mom driving her kids to school, or a teenager in high school? How can I bridge all those generations and try to grab something that can help them worship and communicate with God?” To summarize, he puts the hearts of all kinds of people into his music.
From the success God has given Tomlin with his music in this world, I believe we can say that his method is working.
Review written by: Liz Zelinski
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