Even so Come (out March 17th) is this year’s worship album release from the Passion Conference, which was recorded in front of over 30,000 college students at three separate Passion gatherings in Atlanta and Houston. Each year the worship release from Passion ranks among my favourite worship releases, and I don’t foresee this year being any different, for this is another great album.
If you are at all into the Christian music or teaching scene you will have heard of the names Passion attracts – Chris Tomlin, Kristen Stanfill, Matt Redman, David Crowder and Christy Nockles are all represented on this album. John Piper, Francis Chan, Louie Gigilio and Matt Chandler were among the speakers this year. Passion is a conference that attracts the big names and goes for big production values, which shows on the quality of their releases each year.
As always this album is composed mainly of songs you won’t yet know as Passion specialises in getting the worship leaders to debut new songs at the conference. But if you have heard other passion albums the style will be familiar to you – it is anthemic, bold, passionate worship, stadium anthems full of scriptural truth declaring Christ’s love. Chris Tomlin and Kris Stanfill have the standard ‘modern worship anthem’ songs, Matt Redman adds a style that is slightly more hym-esque, Christy Nockles has a more slow paced (but still solid) ballad about Christ as our anchor, the rock we stand on, Brett Yonker ups the pace with the more beat/dance tune The Way about how Jesus makes a way to save us, and David Crowder brings his own unique style of folk revival praise with songs that just demand to be foot stomped along to.
Listening to this album the standout tracks are the title track Even so come with is a prayerful declaration of our desire for Jesus to come and be at work in our lives, Draw Near which is an anthemtic declaration that Jesus is our all in all, our everything, and Wonder, a new song from David Crowder about the majesty of God, which borrows from the classic How great though art yet is also fresh and and intimate worship song.
As usual there is a regular CD and deluxe digital edition. Unusually, rather than the deluxe edition having songs that didn’t fit on the regular CD it instead has songs from a late night acoustic session that the worship leaders did of various highlights from through the years of Passion, and is both a nice look back for long term Passion fans, and also a nice change from just more big band worship anthems – stripped back raw songs of praise, showing that you can have great times of worship without the big band. Of these my highlights are It is Well and the modern classic How he loves us.
If modern contemporary worship is your thing this is the album to get above all others this year. The songs from this are bound to follow in the footsteps of previous Passion releases and spread throughout the church pretty soon.