Live from Austin Music Hall
- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Dec
- On Our Side
- This Is Our God
- How Great Is Our God
- Famous One
Philosophically speaking, it might be hard to define what it means to be a "successful" worship leader. But there's no doubt that 2005 has been a great year for Chris Tomlin. With his first No. 1 radio hits "Indescribable" and "Holy is the Lord," Tomlin also won his first Dove Award.
Showing a knack for reinvention, Tomlin gives the familiar strains of "Forever" a welcome makeover with a few electronic touches, while "Kindness" and "Unchanging" get more of a no-frills acoustic treatment, rightfully giving the lyrics the spotlight. And a live CD wouldn't be complete without a guest appearance, right? Enter fellow Texan David Crowder, who makes a cameo on "This Is Our God," a highlight with a chorus catchy enough to take residence in your cranium for days.
The album ends with the one-two punch of "How Great is Our God" and "Famous One," two soaring anthems that keep listeners wanting more. It's a wise move, too, because it can't help but make one wonder what's next in 2006. Really, the only hitch is that the disc lacks the energy of a concert experience. From beginning to end, the crowd's response doesn't vary much, and Tomlin's vocals sound almost a little too pristine from post-production to be truly live. But those are very minor quibbles in what's ultimately a fine display of the emerging worship leader's talent.