Blessed Be Your Name: The Hits
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Jun
- Blessed Be Your Name
- Over & Over Again
- The Answer to the Question
- All Over the World
- Nothing but the Blood
- Look What You've Done
- I Stand for You
- Amazing Grace (live)
A best-of for Tree63 at this point may seem a little premature, but keep in mind that the band started back in 1997. And it's already been eight years since the South African band made their international debut with their self-titled album. At this time. Tree63 is still with Inpop Records, but maybe it's not so unfathomable to release
Besides, frontman John Ellis—a superb singer and guitarist in his own right—has certainly had plenty of hits with his bandmates. Tree63 scored No. 1 hits early on with "Treasure" and "Look What You've Done," and enjoyed radio success later with "King," "I Stand for You," and two Matt Redman covers: "All Over the World" and "Blessed Be Your Name" (which pretty much brought the latter to the attention of churches everywhere). Not surprisingly, this collection includes all of those, as well as the modern worship favorite "Joy" and their anthemic rocker "Sunday" from the most recent album of the same name.
But what a strange way to recognize the band's accomplishments and energized mix of stadium rock and worship, combining elements of U2, The Police, and Delirious.? Four of the songs are covers, and though two of them were hits, does this collection really need to include Redman's "Nothing but the Blood" as well? Or for that matter, the band's live rendition of "Amazing Grace," used in concert as a coda to "Look What You've Done?"
It's strange this best-of favors 2004's
Unfortunately, this is another bungled best-of collection, which doesn't even have a track listing that matches its song sequencing—"Joy" and "Look What You've Done" are reversed and mislabeled, in the liner notes as well as at iTunes. It's too bad because