Following seven bestselling projects, nine consecutive No. 1 Christian singles, and four back-to-back mainstream radio hits, the multiplatinum and Grammy-nominated band MercyMe returns with their next batch of hook-filled and emotionally engaging songs on All That Is Within Me. Produced by Brown Bannister and recorded at Cider Mountain studio, in Idaho, with strings recorded at London's famed Abbey Road Studio, this album offers songs "straight from scripture" according to lead singer/songwriter Bart Millard. The record features worshipful moments like "God With Us," "You Reign," and "Sanctified," alongside very personal songs like "Finally Home." With both energetic and intimate moments, this record is sure to engage believers in a very authentic and personal way.
Format: Compact disc Vendor: Provident Music Distribution
"We were never meant to compromise/Settle for mediocrity, " croons frontman Bart Millard on "Goodbye Ordinary." A cursory listen to MercyMe's latest project confirms this is a message the band has taken to heart. After enduring a couple years of personal tragedy that colored its recent albums with a tinge of melancholy, All That Is Within Me is, by contrast, an exuberant, defiant, stand-up-and-shake-your-fist-at-the-devil, rock & roll worship album.
"Goodbye Ordinary," with its Beatle-esque opening, lush orchestration and in-your-face admonition to "Live like there's no tomorrow," shatters preconceived notions of a band that only makes mellow music. "Time Has Come" employs a thundering, classic rock backdrop to restate the Scripture that "All things work together for good." And the band returns to its praise & worship roots with "You Reign," a tune destined to be covered by youth worship bands all across the country.
"God With Us," a superlative, six minute marathon, may be the best cut on the album. With plenty of time to sink its teeth into the song, the band delivers more emotion than on any tune since "I Can Only Imagine." Bottom line: All That Is Within Me is MercyMe's best work to date.