Listen to the latest JFH Compilation!
Listen to the latest JFH Compilation!

JFH Staff Review

Matt Papa, Look & Live

Matt Papa
Look & Live

Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 14 tracks: 58 minutes, 58 seconds
Street Date: September 17, 2013

Matt Papa has become a staple in worship music these days with a handful of good albums released over the past seven years. His most recent album brought us the amazing track "It Is Finished." Look And Live is Matt's latest project and like many artists today, he's going the independent route for its release.

The album seems to be broken into three sections with the first handful of songs being simply wonderful worship tunes. "All For Your Glory" is a great introduction, beautifully detailing creation, mankind's fall, and our true purpose to live for Him. "The Ocean" is filled with wondrous content of our sufficient Savior with words like "These are scattered beams, but You are the bright sun. These are shallow streams, but You are the ocean." Starting around track six, the shift changes into a unique and pointed direction of Christ's death and resurrection. "The Crucible of God (Gethsemane)" carries haunting touches, and "The Song Of An Angel" has a more rock feel with good energy while telling an amazing story. That being said, the other tracks in that portion of the album are just fair. Despite having a good purpose, they lack something to make them stand out.

The last third of Look And Live doesn't seem to have as much of a purpose as the beginning of the album. Rather, it contains a few more songs that make me want a little more. "Bigger Than Me" tries to be radio-ready rock, but fails, while "At the Brothel Door" seems far too simple lyrically in light of the song's title. However, ending Look And Live are two personal and stellar songs. "A Pilgrims Progress (Keep Runnin)" speaks the powerful message of living for Christ, and the final track cries out "this world is not enough for me. All I want is You Jesus," making the perfect ending for a solid worship album. Not only are the worship songs good lyrically, but Matt has a knack for adding enough creative music elements to make each song have its own particular flair. And while I think a few tracks could have been omitted, Look And Live is still a worthy album to be owned by lovers of worship, and fans of Matt Papa certainly won't be disappointed.

- Review date: 9/15/13, written by Kevin Hoskins of

Check out the new single from Mike Rathke!


. Record Label: None
. Album length: 14 tracks: 58 minutes, 58 seconds
. Street Date: September 17, 2013
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: AmazonMP3

  1. All For Your Glory (4:18)
  2. Sehnsucht (Instrumental) (1:34)
  3. The Ocean (4:34)
  4. Made for You (4:46)
  5. Show Me Your Glory (5:06)
  6. The Crucible Of God (Gethsemane) (5:03)
  7. Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery (3:41)
  8. The Song Of An Angel (Who Is This King) (4:29)
  9. The Son Of God Rises (4:04)
  10. Bigger Than Me (3:33)
  11. At The Brothel Door (3:33)
  12. More (feat. Shai Linne) (4:44)
  13. A Pilgrim's Progress (Keep Runnin') (4:20)
  14. All I Want Is You (5:13)


Leave a Comment



go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive


(JFH Sponsor Spot)



Check out the new single from Mike Rathke!

Search JFH

This Thursday, March 26, 2020
Christafari Pandemic (Covid-19 Quarantine Anthem) - Single [Lion of Zion]
Jason Dunn Dopamine - Single (independent)
Jason Dunn The Victory - Single (independent)

This Friday, March 27, 2020
The Belonging Co Holy (Song of the Ages) (independent)
Tina Boonstra What is the Rush - Single [7Core]
Mack Brock Even the Impossible (Live) - Single [Sparrow/Capitol]
Dillon Chase Better - Single [DREAM]
David Dunn Perspectives [BEC]
Elevation Rhythm This Moment - Single (independent)
Equippers Revolution Where Your Spirit Is (Single) [DREAM]
GAWVI Climate Change (Single) [Reach]
Hillsong Young & Free Lord Send Revival - Single [Hillsong/Capitol]
Jesus Culture Gold (Live) feat. Bryan & Katie Torwalt (Single) [Sparrow]
Mission House Behold (Deluxe Single) [Integrity]
Nashville Life Music Shepherd (feat. Leeland) - Single [Integrity]
Rend Collective Choose to Worship [Rend Family/Capitol]
Michael W. Smith Aprirai una via (Way Maker) - Single [Rocketown/The Fuel]
Rhett Walker Good To Me [Provident/Sony]

Next Friday, April 3, 2020
August Burns Red Guardians [Fearless]
Equippers Revolution FRVR - EP [DREAM]
Greg LaFollette I'll Wait for you, My Love (independent)
Passion Roar (Live From Passion 2020) (CD) [Sixsteps]
RED Declaration [RED/The Fuel]
Ian Yates Mystery [7 Core]

For all release dates, click here!

Check out the new book from JFH Staff Member Tin Can Caldwell!

Listen to the new album from Mat Ogden!