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Absolute Worship

  • reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2004 1 Jan
Absolute Worship
Sounds like … worshipful pop/rock from the likes of Jeremy Camp, Big Daddy Weave, Ginny Owens, Shaun Groves, Tree63, and many moreAt a glance … unlike the typical two-disc best-of worship collection, most of these songs are unfamiliar to the church, offering something different from the normTrack ListingDisc OneAudience of One – Big Daddy WeaveEmpty Me – Jeremy CampOcean – Ten Shekel ShirtPower of Your Love – Lincoln BrewsterTreasure – Tree63All We Want Is You – Darrell EvansTraveling Light – Joel Hanson & Sara GrovesThe Man You Want Me to Be – Phil JoelBe Near – Shane Barnard & Shane EverettThe Way – TelecastNever Alone – BarlowGirlGreat Is Your Love – Ross KingAll I Need – Enter the Worship CircleDisc TwoThank You – The KatinasHoly – WatermarkWelcome Home – Shaun GrovesHungry – KaraIf You Want Me To – Ginny OwensWait – By the TreeHanging On – Jill PhillipsYour Love Is Deep – Jami SmithAll I Want – Jeff DeyoGlorify the Son – Rock 'n' Roll Worship CircusBe My Everything – The OfferingSweet Jesus – Jon Shirley

In March, the latest installment in the best-selling WoW Worship series arrives in stores, featuring popular praise songs you've heard on numerous other double-disc compilations and performed by Christian music's biggest names. Absolute Worship, meanwhile, features original songs by established artists not quite big enough for the typically predictable WoW series. Because of that, it's perfect for those seeking something a little different for their church worship repertoire or CD collection.

Check out the track listing and see for yourself. The best-known hits include those by Big Daddy Weave, Tree63, Shaun Groves, The Katinas, and Ginny Owens. Lincoln Brewster and Kara, respectively, do a nice job covering familiar favorites like "Power of Your Love" and "Hungry," though both have original worship songs of their own that would have made fine inclusions on this project. Other highlights include "Empty Me" from Jeremy Camp's forthcoming worship project, the oft-inquired about rarity "Traveling Light" by PFR's Joel Hanson and Sara Groves, a sample from Enter the Worship Circle, and a great track from Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus' most recent album.

Some may quibble that this is the minor league version of WoW Worship, or whether in fact these are in fact worship songs (some are indeed debatable), but there's no denying the quality of the artists and songs represented. And while most of this two-disc set includes previously released material, it at least calls attention to original songs rather than the umpteenth cover of "Here I Am to Worship" or "Open the Eyes of My Heart." This is the best of what you probably don't know—a great selection of lesser-known songs from the last five years that would work especially well as musical offerings or corporate worship songs at your church.