Passion albums have become something that many Christians anticipate each year. One of the things that I really love about this team is their passion. Every single song that comes from them is literally heart-changing, touching, and faith-stirring. Many of their songs have not only become my personal favourites but also our congregation’s. This year’s Passion album ‘Take It All,’ captures the heart of the Jesus generation united for His name. I do not know the story behind this album, but in my mind it is a picturesque of people in total surrender, melting under the light of the grace and love coming from Jesus. The entire album is presented with a high level of musicianship and authenticity.
Starting with the lines “Whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is light, lead me in Your way everlasting,” ‘Don’t Ever Stop’ opens the album with energetic praise party. The lines of the song is obviously taken from Philippians chapter four, verse eight. Its synths, powerful drum, and ripping guitar accompany Chris Tomlin as he leads thousands of voices in praise.
The second track ‘Never Gonna Let Me Go’ describes the great and saving love of Christ. This acoustic-based composition of Kristian Stanfill is very congregational. I love the last part that tells “Whatever you’ve been, whatever you’ve done, come as you are, come into His open arms…” It’s a perfect song to draw people to worship. After this track comes the long, and ethereal worship moments. You will surely love to worship while listening to ‘Let It Be Jesus’ sung by Christy Knockels. This is my ultimate favourite cut on the album. The theme, musicality, and lyrical-depth jive perfectly. I am so excited to line it up on my worship setlist.
‘At The Cross’ is not your favourite Hillsong classic. This new song is one of the moments you do not want to miss. Chris Tomlin invites everyone to surrender everything at the cross where love ran red. It is one of the stand-out tracks in the album. As you reach the near-end point, Chris drops out almost completely. The way how the crowd grabs hold of it is what I love most.
Biblical content is very critical to a worship song. This important part should never be omitted, unless the writer wants to create songs with cliché lines of “we love You, we adore You.” Truthfully speaking, Passion’s Take It All fell tothis common pitfall that is prone to worship albums. Some of the songs in the album which I find generic, and have the cliché lines are ‘My Heart is Yours,’ ‘Almighty,’ ‘Mercy,’ ‘Worthy,’ ‘This Grace,’ and ‘Sing and Shout.’ But still these are good to be had in the album. Each song has brilliant instrumentations and are not just ‘album fillers.’
Overall, Take It All is honest, raw, and passionate. I commend the heart of the Passion Worship Leaders. Their love for God, heart for worship, and compassion for people are extravagantly manifested in this project. Each track, from the first down to the last, affords you a unique way to worship the Lord while being edified spiritually.
1. Don’t Ever Stop [feat. Chris Tomlin]
2. Never Gonna Let Me Go [feat. Kristian Stanfill]
3. Let It Be Jesus [feat. Christy Nockels]
4. At the Cross (Love Ran Red) [feat. Chris Tomlin]
5. I AM [feat. Crowder]
6. My Heart Is Yours [feat. Kristian Stanfill]
7. Almighty [feat. Chris Tomlin]
8. You Came To My Rescue [feat. Christy Nockels]
9. Mercy [feat. Matt Redman]
10. Come As You Are [feat. Crowder]
11. Worthy [feat. Matt Redman]
12. This Grace [feat. Kristian Stanfill]
13. Sing And Shout [feat. Matt Redman]*
14. My Heart Is Yours (Radio Version) [feat. Kristian Stanfill]*
15. Let It Be Jesus (Song Video) [feat. Christy Nockels]*
16. Come As You Are (Song Video) [feat. Crowder]*
17. Crushed By Grace [Louie Giglio Talk]*
*available on Deluxe Edition (CD+DVD)