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JFH Staff Review

Chris Tomlin
Hello Love

Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 12 tracks: 59 minutes, 18 seconds
Street Date: September 2, 2008

He's sold millions upon millions of albums, each one containing a plethora of Christian radio hits. His music can be heard in virtually every contemporary church on any given Sunday. The yearly awards he's earned are often too many to list. His music has helped to coin the phrase "pop-worship." Where does an artist go after all of that? We set to find out with a listen of Chris Tomlin's latest release, Hello Love.

The quick answer is... more of the same. The record opens with the upbeat, high energy "Sing, Sing, Sing." This one is sure to be another favorite in church worship services. It then tapers down a bit into "Jesus Messiah," which reminds us of the supremacy and love of Christ. This one is already hitting radio as a single as a number one hit, but with the audience that most of Christian radio caters, to it's hard not to say that any song on this album will chart.

"God of This City" might be the brightest spot of the album. Taking a break from the typical worship fare, this song deals with God's desire to work in a city that seems hopeless. It reminds us that our God is the God of everyone, no matter how out of place or untypical they seem. It would have been nice to hear something about God's desire to use us in that mission, rather than just praying for things to change. "I Will Rise," which starts out very light and builds into Tomlin being backed up by a choir, makes for a pretty dramatic moment musically. "Love" encorporates a children's choir from Uganda to add a different flavor to this very vanilla collection, while Chris chooses to pay homage to worship music history with a rendition of "All the Way My Savior Leads Me" as an appropriate album finale.

The rest of the record is just par for the course lyrically and musically. There were a number of moments in which I couldn't help but think, "Haven't I heard this song before?" As someone who worships to, listens to, and plays modern worship music, I wasn't pushed to any deeper spiritual ground. It's an expression of where we've been and where we are as a worshiping Christian family.

If you're a Chris Tomlin fan, then I'm sure you're going to be more than pleased with Hello Love. It's only a matter of time before we'll be hearing several of these tracks in our churches on Sunday mornings. However, if you're looking to go somewhere new, somewhere deeper in your worship, then there are a few other places you should go instead.

- Review date: 8/30/08, written by Matt Johnson of


JFH Staff's Second Opinion

For years now, Chris Tomlin has dominated the worship movement with songs that stir hearts abroad for Jesus. With each studio album or contribution to the Passion band projects, Tomlin has written songs that can be heard in churches nearly every Sunday morning. But with each release, Tomlin has merely continued to give listeners more of the same. Those looking for anything but what Tomlin has been offering from record to record aren't going to find anything different or unique with his latest album, Hello Love. This may be good news for those waiting with baited breath for new songs to sing in church on Sunday, but there's a good chance that much of what Tomlin's latest has to offer will just feel formulaic and done before time and time again. "Sing, Sing, Sing" is your signature, predictable fast-beat anthem while "Jesus Messiah" is the latest "How Great Is Our God," and "I Will Rise" is one of those escalating ballads that breaks out into a large chorus of voices before its close. The heart is here, but to the ears that are more musically sensitive, Hello Love is not a breath of fresh air. The churches will have more of what they need with this album, but if you're waiting for something fresh or exciting to help you connect with your Savior in worship through music, Hello Love isn't it. - John DiBiase of


. Record Label: sixstepsrecords
. Album length: 12 tracks: 59 minutes, 18 seconds
. Street Date: September 2, 2008
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. Buy It: (Worship Leader-Limited Edition)

  1. Sing, Sing, Sing
  2. Jesus Messiah
  3. You Lifted Me Out
  4. God Of This City
  5. I Will Rise
  6. Love
  7. Praise The Father, Praise The Son
  8. My Deliverer
  9. With Me
  10. Exalted
  11. God Almighty
  12. All The Way My Savior Leads Me
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