- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Oct
Don Moen has been making music for more than 30 years, leading worship on every continent but one (Antarctica awaits…), and selling more than 5 million copies of his albums. He also happens to be a Dove Award winning songwriter ("God Is Good All the Time" and "Thank You Lord" remain his best known) and the President of Integrity Music, not to mention a husband and father of five.
Yet in light of all that, his twenty-first album,
Which is somewhat problematic. Moen's mellow adult contemporary approach to worship music is homogenous, distinctive only in that it sounds dated and quieter compared to most worship music today. The simple title track—a minimalist ballad that runs more than seven minutes—gives the album a sluggish start, and it's not until the fourth track (the upbeat and congregational friendly "All the Earth") that things begin to liven up with more memorable songs. Most of the tracks are conventional expressions of thankfulness and praise that fail to differentiate Moen's work from other more memorable worship writers.
Not to say that the music isn't pleasant or effective for what it is. "Lead Me Through the Night" (co-written with Integrity veteran Paul Baloche) is an effective ballad about finding refuge in the Lord, and there are also good covers of Jared Anderson's "Hear Us From Heaven" and Reuben Morgan's "Still."