"Love Ran Red (Deluxe Edition)" by Chris Tomlin on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Chris Tomlin lives up to his renown as one of Christian music’s most accomplished and influential talents on Love Ran Red. The veteran worship artist broadens his sonic palette with forays into elegantly minimalist pop (“Boundary Lines”) and engaging gospel-funk (“The Table”) while deepening his Scripture-informed lyric content. Tomlin remains a humble, eloquent hymnist with a gift for distilling spiritual verities into modern form, as tunes like “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)” and “Psalm 100” reveal. “Waterfall” and “Fear Not” catch him at his most radio-friendly, while “In the End” grandly reaffirms the album’s central theme of redemptive love.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chris Tomlin lives up to his renown as one of Christian music’s most accomplished and influential talents on Love Ran Red. The veteran worship artist broadens his sonic palette with forays into elegantly minimalist pop (“Boundary Lines”) and engaging gospel-funk (“The Table”) while deepening his Scripture-informed lyric content. Tomlin remains a humble, eloquent hymnist with a gift for distilling spiritual verities into modern form, as tunes like “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)” and “Psalm 100” reveal. “Waterfall” and “Fear Not” catch him at his most radio-friendly, while “In the End” grandly reaffirms the album’s central theme of redemptive love.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

321 Ratings

Love Ran Red: Tomlin’s Masterpiece?

Cory Kruse,

From the inaugural notes on “Greater,” to the closing, fading reverberations on the stirring final track—and in every moment between—it quickly becomes evident that Chris Tomlin has accomplished something spectacular on his newest album, something that feels utterly inspired, utterly divine. Following 2010’s Grammy-winning “And If Our God Is For Us…” and the 2013 record-breaking “Burning Lights,” it was hard to conceptualize a record that could possibly top these two previous outings. Equal, yes. But surpass? It was nearly impossible to imagine. But on “Love Ran Red,” Tomlin does just that. He presents a dynamic and varied collection of top-notch worship songs that builds upon, and transcends, everything that’s come before in his career. Here, he’s assuredly at the top of his craft—and only getting better.

With “Waterfall,” the album’s first single, Tomlin has again crafted a worship tune that’s catchy, easy to sing, and at once feels fresh and divine, Spirit-filled and driven, like a roaring current of praise rising to the heavens and calling us to answer and join our voices to the flood. The imagery here is especially poignant—poetic even—and serves as the perfect analogy for describing the vast, churning, unfathomable, infinite but intimate, love of God.

Released just a month or so before the album itself, the second single, “Jesus Loves Me,” an updated take on the well-known children’s song of the same name, features excellent vocals, superb songwriting, and a message the whole world needs to hear. This track will no doubt serve as an anthem for the Church in the months and years to come. It feels nothing short of inspired.

Two songs from this year’s live Passion album, “Almighty” and “At The Cross (Love Ran Red),” are also given a studio revision, and the changes and further production only improve their quality and effect. The former is a wonder-inducing declaration of worship, while the latter is a heart-rending and poetic praise song that is easily one of the best Tomlin has ever penned.

Throughout the album, it’s easy to see the influence of the Psalms, and, as such, “Love Ran Red” in its entirety plays exactly like one—a modern collection of Psalms, theologically-grounded but relevant and accessible to worshippers today. It’s clear Tomlin, at his art of writing and performing worship tunes that resonate, is only getting better. If he hadn’t hit his stride before, he certainly does so here, but he doesn’t just hit it, he picks up speed—accelerates—and progresses naturally forward in his career as a worship artist and Psalmist for the Church. Truly, there’s no telling just how special—how important—this album will end up being.

In sum, “Love Ran Red” feels like a victorious step—leap—forward, a collection of songs that serve as the perfect vehicle for worship and praise, songs that demonstrate not only artistic and aesthetic quality (Tomlin’s magnum opus), but also emotional and spiritual resonance. Never before has a group of songs been able to so aptly capture the melding of human art and God-centered worship. “Love Ran Red,” to use Tomlin’s own simile, is as refreshing as any physical waterfall—and as powerful. It is his masterpiece (though I have no doubt he could one day top it), and as any churning mass of water sends its roar perpetually to the sky, the Church will likely be singing this collection of songs for a long while to come.

Greater!!

J. Aybar,

Love the songs on this album! "Almighty", "At The Cross" and "Greater" are amazing worship songs that we are already singing in our church. Be blessed.

About Chris Tomlin

One of the leading artists and activists within contemporary Christian music, Chris Tomlin is a successful singer and songwriter whose 2005 album Arriving has sold over 500,000 copies, and whose compositions "Holy Is the Lord" and "How Great Is Our God" are among the most popular contemporary songs in the world's churches, being sung by millions of Christians at worship services every week. Born in Grand Saline, Texas in 1972, Tomlin grew up listening to country music and learned to play guitar from his father (Tomlin has cited Willie Nelson's Stardust as a key influence). At the age of nine, Tomlin accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, and at 14 wrote his first song of praise.

He enrolled at Texas A&M in the early '90s to study medicine, but as he heard the call to bring himself and others closer to God, he grew active in a campus Christian group called Breakaway. Tomlin was a worship leader with Breakaway when he began attending Bible study sessions with Louie Giglio, who led a Christian group at Baylor University in Waco called Choice. Tomlin and Giglio worked together at youth ministry camps, and Tomlin was soon performing praise songs regularly for Giglio's events. In time, Giglio's group evolved into Passion, a nationwide organization for young Christians on college campuses, and Giglio started a record company, Six Steps Records, to record youth-oriented Christian artists. Tomlin, whose songs had become mainstays at Breakaway and Passion services, became one of Six Steps' first signings, and The Noise We Make, released in 2001, was Tomlin's first album. The band Tomlin assembled while serving as a pastor at Woodland, Texas's Harvest Ministry -- Daniel Carson on guitar, Jesse Reeves on bass, and Ryan Sandlin on drums -- began touring, often appearing at Passion events around the country as well as headlining its own concerts. (In 2004, Ryan Sandlin left the group, and Travis Nunn took over behind the drums.) In 2002, Tomlin moved to Austin, Texas, and became a pastor at Austin's Stone Community Church, where he helped guide a congregation of 1,500. As Tomlin's songs and recordings found a wider audience, he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2006 album See the Morning (which rose to number one on Billboard's Christian albums chart and number 15 on the overall Top 200), but the songwriter continued to emphasize that his mission was more important than his own music. Tomlin's fifth studio album, 2008's Hello Love, was certified gold. It was followed in 2009 by the holiday offering Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship, 2010's And If Our God Is for Us..., and 2103's Burning Lights. 2014 saw the release of Tomlin's tenth studio album, Love Ran Red, which featured the hit singles "Waterfall" and "Jesus Loves Me," and in 2015 he appeared on the Passion release Even So Come. His mainstream success continued in 2016 with a Grammy nomination (his eighth overall) and the release of a new studio album, Never Lose Sight, which reached number six on the Billboard 200. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Austin, TX
  • BORN
    May 4, 1972

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