13 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

All the People Said Amen finds Matt Maher presenting his best-loved songs in a live setting, with four new studio tracks added. Over the past decade, the Canadian-born Christian singer/songwriter has approached worship music with a lyrical intimacy and eclectic sense of musicianship that sets him apart from his peers. His latest release catches him on tour with a muscular road band capable of veering from gentle praise compositions to burly blues-rooted numbers without disturbing the overall reverent vibe. Such signature tunes as “Turn Around,” “Your Grace Is Enough,” and “Christ Is Risen” take on bolder colors here, giving them a visceral impact to match their spiritual message. Maher lets his inner Southern rocker run free on snarling, guitar-driven versions of “On My Way” and “Hold Us Together.” At the other end of the spectrum are such acoustic-centered pieces as the quietly inspirational “Adoration” and the contemplative “Mighty Fortress.” The new songs “Lord, I Need You” (a stirring collaboration with Audrey Assad) and the title track (a buoyantly upbeat call for brotherhood) compare favorably with the best of Maher’s earlier work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

All the People Said Amen finds Matt Maher presenting his best-loved songs in a live setting, with four new studio tracks added. Over the past decade, the Canadian-born Christian singer/songwriter has approached worship music with a lyrical intimacy and eclectic sense of musicianship that sets him apart from his peers. His latest release catches him on tour with a muscular road band capable of veering from gentle praise compositions to burly blues-rooted numbers without disturbing the overall reverent vibe. Such signature tunes as “Turn Around,” “Your Grace Is Enough,” and “Christ Is Risen” take on bolder colors here, giving them a visceral impact to match their spiritual message. Maher lets his inner Southern rocker run free on snarling, guitar-driven versions of “On My Way” and “Hold Us Together.” At the other end of the spectrum are such acoustic-centered pieces as the quietly inspirational “Adoration” and the contemplative “Mighty Fortress.” The new songs “Lord, I Need You” (a stirring collaboration with Audrey Assad) and the title track (a buoyantly upbeat call for brotherhood) compare favorably with the best of Maher’s earlier work.

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