Hail to the King
- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Oct
- Hail to the King
- I'm Not Ashamed
- You Brought Me Home
- You Are Here (The Same Power)
- At Your Feet
- I Receive
- He Is Greater
- Selah (Perfect Love)
- Look to the Cross
- All to Show
- The Call
Oh, those Brits. They meet in theaters, cafés, or even cross over to France to hold bilingual worship services, using rock 'n' roll lighting, staging, and music to reach out to indifferent hipsters and a secularized culture that has long written off the church as irrelevant.
That's the ministry of Hillsong London, an offshoot of Hillsong Church in Australia that has been in existence since 1996, but that only recently has begun to share with the world the music coming from its ranks (including pop star Natasha Bedingfield, who contributed a couple of songs heard on 2004's Shout God's Fame). In recent years, the worship team has slowly grown legs of its own, distinguishing itself from its mother-church colleagues by adopting a sound more in step with its heritage.
This minimalism may discourage modern worshippers more accustomed to being pummeled over the head with arrangements that leave little to the imagination. But in practice, the simplicity renders the songs incredibly devotional, like the slowly building "I Receive," the solemn "At Your Feet," and the melodically excellent "You Brought Me Home" (the best worship song this side of Coldplay's "The Scientist").
All this balladry doesn't mean Hillsong London can't get let loose when they want to.
A few of these rockers are more conventional, especially those that borrow a little too liberally from Hillsong United ("All to Show," "Rise"), but there has to be