All Of The Above is the new, full-length studio release by modern worship phenomenon,
Hillsong United. Every year, they seem to hash out a new record, satisfying the numerous
fans who hunger for new music that is uplifting, inspirational, and full of declaration. Fans can hope this album
proves to be as impressive a success as its predecessors.
The first track to open up the album is "Point Of Difference," a track filled with whirling guitars and lyrics that
just ooze of passion and declaration, a great combination that makes this a rock-solid opener. "Break Free" takes the
beat up a notch with swift electric riffs and drum beats, accompanied with a message that is pretty self-explanatory:
breaking free from the bonds and chains that have held us down for so long and dancing in the presence of Christ.
"Desperate People" takes a slower approach, filling the atmosphere with praise and adoration directed to our Savior,
while at the same time making known the desperation we need to have for Him. "Lead Me To The Cross" is one of the
more subdued tracks, with a message that utters deliverance in a spine-tingling way. "Hosanna" is another
chilling tune, this time putting the listener into a state of worship and personal sacrifice and devotion toward God.
"Solution" is by far one of the most amazing tracks on the record, if the not the best, interlacing an anthem cry
with high-altitude energy that really packs a punch. "My Future Decided" provides comfort and security in knowing that
Jesus has all the plans laid out specifically for each of our lives, while "Saviour King" is an approximately
12-minute song dedicated to our one and only Savior and King, Jesus Christ.
It's somewhat difficult to decipher United's musical competition, considering that there aren't many worship bands
out there that are like them. Their music is unique and even though some people might find them monotonous, the
lyrics are heartfelt and easy to learn. With that being said, I will admit that it would still be nice to hear some different
and more diverse stylings from the members of Hillsong United.
All Of The Above is an outstanding release, and for awhile now it has been the number one worship album worldwide.
With that fact stated, it is safe to say that this record is a great addition to any worship lover's collection.
- Review date: 8/25/07, written by Laura Sproull