Spotify Albums of the Month – Sep 2009

As I hinted last month, there have been some really exciting new CCM albums released on Spotify. First is the news that Matt Redman’s latest album is available – his first full album on Spotify. Second, is the appearance of two more albums from Survivor Records, one of the main British publishers of Christian music. Hopefully this marks the start of them adding all their new albums to Spotify. It would be great to see them begin to add their back catalogue as well.

Ben CantelonRunning After You (listen on Spotify)
The first full-length album from this Canadian born worship leader now based at Soul Survivor Watford. A couple of his songs are doing the rounds of churches in the UK, although he has a way to go before yet before he’s as well-known as his predecessors (Matt Redman, Tim Hughes and Martyn Layzell). A solid, if unspectacular album. My favourite track is Remain.
Rating: ★★★½☆
New Wine WorshipSaving Grace (listen on Spotify)
Rather than producing a live album this year, New Wine took the decision to record an album of their new songs before the conference, featuring a variety of songwriters including Eoghan Heaslip, Neil Bennetts and David Gate. Despite being at the summer conference, there were few tracks here that I remembered singing, and a couple I already had on other albums. It’s an album that has grown on me over several listens. None Like You, and Love Came Down are my picks.
Rating: ★★★★☆
Matt RedmanWe Shall Not Be Shaken (listen on Spotify)
Matt Redman is back yet again, and, despite the bizarre font sizing on the album cover, he hasn’t lost any of his edge. You Alone Can Rescue stands out as the one that will most readily be adopted by congregations. The opening track, This is How We Know is also very strong. A consistently good album from start to finish.
Rating: ★★★★★
Tim HughesHappy Day (listen on Spotify)
This live album features a several of Hughes’ most popular songs (including the smash hits Beautiful One, Here I am to Worship, Happy Day and Consuming Fire), as well as introducing a few new ones, several of which are becoming well known. With the exception of a cringe-inducing rap in the middle of the lyrically unimaginative Dance, this is a good album. It is also nice to see a strong theme of mission in many of the songs.
Rating: ★★★★☆
LeelandLove Is On The Move (listen on Spotify)
For me, this didn’t get off to the best of starts with the lyrics opening track The Door verging into “Jesus is my girlfriend” territory. But Leeland can always be relied on for some exquisite melodies and harmonies, so despite it being a bit syrupy in places its worth a listen. Follow you and Via Doloroso are among the best tracks.
Rating: ★★★½☆

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