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EDITORS’ NOTES

As the 22nd installment of the Australian superchurch's series of worship albums, Hillsong Live's Glorious Ruins delivers their trademark rousing gospel pop. Recorded live in London and Sydney, these 12 stirring songs deliver a message of hope and renewal in the face of disappointment and defeat. Pastor Reuben Morgan features prominently throughout, particularly on the slow-building call and response anthem "Christ Is Enough." Elsewhere, highlights include Joel Houston's emotional delivery of the ballad "You Never Fail" and the stirring "We Glorify Your Name," co-written by CCM superstars Chris Tomlin and Ed Cash.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the 22nd installment of the Australian superchurch's series of worship albums, Hillsong Live's Glorious Ruins delivers their trademark rousing gospel pop. Recorded live in London and Sydney, these 12 stirring songs deliver a message of hope and renewal in the face of disappointment and defeat. Pastor Reuben Morgan features prominently throughout, particularly on the slow-building call and response anthem "Christ Is Enough." Elsewhere, highlights include Joel Houston's emotional delivery of the ballad "You Never Fail" and the stirring "We Glorify Your Name," co-written by CCM superstars Chris Tomlin and Ed Cash.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

117 Ratings

Headed in a bad direction

Danny Gonzz,

God is able was an okay record. It had great hooks and some powerful messages. But the direction it went it… God is Able was the peak it should have gone. Problem is… it kept going in the same direction. Cornerstone was a total bust. And Glorious Ruins went even lower. At least Cornerstone had SOME okay songs.
Here are my problems with Hillsong and their current work:

Problem 1: Every song is predictable and the same feel. I can listen to one of the last 3 albums, and predict the next part and what they're going to do without ever hearing the song. That's how much I've played and heard Hillsong. They're style is old and outdated. It doesn't change and doesn't surprise anyone.

Problem 2: Every every every song is a song of declaration. What do I mean? I mean that the lyrics of every song are just talking 'about' God. "God is great" "God is good" "He never fails" "He is able". Okay, I get it. God is great. But what does that have anything to do with my relationship with him? At least "I will rise" had a personal message to it. You see… what these songs/albums are doing to people and church's all around the world, is they're depriving the congregation of a personal and spiritual encounter with God. And isn't that what worship is about? To connect people with God? I don't see any connection when declaring the same thing over and over. I can sing a song over and over if it connects me with God. But if it doesn't… I don't experience God. Therefore… I don't worship. Because all their music is praise. But the church needs worship. And it is wrong to deprive the congregation of a personal encounter with our God.

Problem 3: Their creativity and diversity is at a bare minimum. If i heard a new Hillsong song for the first time, I will tell you it's Hillsong after the intro.

If you hear artists such as Phil Wickham, and especially Jesus Culture, they're music is diverse, and more importantly, the lyrics pray and call unto God. And people CONNECT. I can tell the difference myself when I play at church. No one connects with Hillsong when the entire set is Hillsong. One can only take so much of saying how great God is. I want to connect with God when I worship. And if a "worship" song/album fails to achieve that very goal, it gets one star from me.

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Nannienana,

MikeGuy Couldn't you say the same about the Word? Itvdoesn't change and everytime I read the same scriptures God speaks something different. Isn't this what Hillsong is doing. Providing great music to worship God deeply. Give it another try and focus on the worship aspect. Their music just seems more real to me when I listen. Maybe it's because I like the live recordings that I feel are different from just being in a recording studio. There are so many to choose from. It's hard to know which ones to buy. I'm just not going to let your review keep me from trying it out. God bless!

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