A CAPTIVATING VIEW OF THE SON
Lets state the obvious right off the top: Chris Tomlin has got it going on.
Earlier this year, the modern worship leader hauled in five GMA Music Awards, including Doves for Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year (How Great Is Our God)not to mention that some of his best-known numbers such as Forever, Holy Is the Lord and We Fall Down are now global anthems in churches far and wide.
All things considered, Tomlin could have easily spent time basking in his accomplishments or taken a well-deserved break from the creative process. Instead, the Texas-bred musical maestro once again teams up with esteemed producer Ed Cash (Steven Curtis Chapman, Bethany Dillon) and delivers See the Morning, the most earnest and enduringly worshipful project of his career.
From the sweeping chorus of standout track Glory in the Highest to the
delicate intonations of Let Your Mercy Rain, Tomlin continuously shepherds
listeners toward a God worthy of all honor and adoration. With soothing, yet sturdy vocal aplomb, he boldly asserts on Everlasting God that Jesus is the strong deliverer and the defender of the weak. On guitar-driven rocker Let God Arise, inspired by Psalm 68, he assures hearers that the Creator reigns now and forever.
Much of See the Morning, which releases Sept. 26, reveals Tomlins apparent newfound penchant for a more aggressive sound. Yet some of the sets finest moments are captured in traditional ballad form, a distinctive example being the Brit-influenced tune Glorious, where he extols the Lords praiseworthiness. Then, in a decidedly minimalist turn, Tomlin unveils the albums most exquisite gem with Uncreated One, in which he poignantly declares the glory of Your majesty is the mercy in Your eyes. Get to know your repeat button well, as youll keep coming back to this compelling masterstroke.
Always one who sings with a voice that beckons to be heard, Tomlin skillfully weaves scripture into songs destined for their rightful place among the
modern praise and worship classics. Straightforward and beguiling, passionate and reverent, See the Morning stands as a continuing testament to Tomlins arrival.
DAVID McCREARY CCMMagazine.com