13 Songs, 1 Hour, 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After nearly two decades of phenomenal success, Hillsong United finds fresh ways to express its timeless Christian message on Aftermath. This time, Hillsong emphasize bolder instrumental colors and take chances with arrangements while keeping its lyrics direct, heartfelt and Scripture-based. Aggressive drum work and rumbling, almost-funky bass lines propel “Nova” and “Light Will Shine” beyond the confines of the typical praise tune. The majestic “Take Heart” wraps a Celtic-tinged melody around an atmospheric track worthy of vintage Peter Gabriel, while “Go” gains power from its steady, sweeping rhythmic glide. More intimate but just as effective are “Bones” and “Rhythms of Grace,” tracks that combine stately, bittersweet melodies with a luminous combination of guitar and synthesizer. Joel Houston, Marty Sampson, Jad Gillies and Jill McCloghry are among the singers who distinguish themselves with warm, deeply reverent performances. Sonically subtle and spiritually vibrant, Aftermath stretches the possibilities of what modern worship music can be.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After nearly two decades of phenomenal success, Hillsong United finds fresh ways to express its timeless Christian message on Aftermath. This time, Hillsong emphasize bolder instrumental colors and take chances with arrangements while keeping its lyrics direct, heartfelt and Scripture-based. Aggressive drum work and rumbling, almost-funky bass lines propel “Nova” and “Light Will Shine” beyond the confines of the typical praise tune. The majestic “Take Heart” wraps a Celtic-tinged melody around an atmospheric track worthy of vintage Peter Gabriel, while “Go” gains power from its steady, sweeping rhythmic glide. More intimate but just as effective are “Bones” and “Rhythms of Grace,” tracks that combine stately, bittersweet melodies with a luminous combination of guitar and synthesizer. Joel Houston, Marty Sampson, Jad Gillies and Jill McCloghry are among the singers who distinguish themselves with warm, deeply reverent performances. Sonically subtle and spiritually vibrant, Aftermath stretches the possibilities of what modern worship music can be.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

32 Ratings

Complexity made Simple

Davidhughhowell.com,

There is no greater title for this album. There is no greater message that could be relayed. The musicology of this album has taken the complexities of our hearts and simplified them to one word- Jesus. We are found in the aftermath, yes, this is where we find Him. This album is the conduit of His goodness through admirable musicianship, composition, and compilation. Excellent in every way!

Quality

Jhill615,

Good quality worship that glorifies God! Be lifted high God!

About Hillsong UNITED

Hillsong United began as the youth ministry band of Sydney, Australia's Hillsong Church. Originally dubbed United Live, the group was first led by singers/songwriters Reuben Morgan and Marty Sampson. Their 1999 debut, Everyday, established their creative template: each album was recorded live at the annual October youth conference Encounterfest -- enabling contributions from a variety of church members, friends, and supporters, including the popular Christian folk chanteuse Brooke Fraser -- and released on CD and DVD early the following year. When Morgan left United Live in 2002 to mount a solo career, Joel Houston took his place, prompting the name change to Hillsong United.

In the years to follow, their popularity snowballed on both sides of the equator, with 2006's United We Stand emerging as the year's best-selling Christian LP at Canadian retail. All of the Above found similar success in 2007, as did 2009's a_CROSS//the_EARTH: Tear Down the Walls and its accompanying live album, Faith + Hope + Love. The CD/DVD set We're All in This Together showed up in 2011, with the double-disc Live in Miami: Welcome to the Aftermath arriving a year later.

In 2013, the group released Zion, their third studio album proper. It became their first Australian number one, and also hit the Top Five of the Billboard 200 in the U.S. Organic versions of the album's songs landed on the EP Zion Acoustic Sessions later that year, while 2014 saw the group offer something more dancefloor-oriented with The White Album: Remix Project. The year 2015 brought the full-length Empires, which returned them to the number one spot at home. The live LP Of Dirt and Grace: Live from the Land followed in 2016. The group later headed to Los Angeles to record their fifth studio record. Wonder was released in 2017, and featured worship leaders Joel Houston and Matt Crocker delivering a collection of uplifting and inspirational pop- and rock-infused tracks. ~ Jason Ankeny & Steve Leggett

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