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The Same Love

Paul Baloche

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It’s been Paul Baloche’s special gift to link classic hymnody to modern worship music. The Same Love reflects his full artistic scope, touching on grand scriptural themes as he expresses his personal sense of brokenness and redemption. Baloche and producer Ben Gowell incorporate a variety of folk and rock sounds into the album’s arrangements, enlisting both talented newcomers (David Leonard and Leslie Jones of All Sons and Daughters) and renowned veterans (Jason Ingram, Lincoln Brewster) for input. Kari Jobe’s honeyed harmonies on “Look Upon the Lord” and Brothers McClurg’s burly-yet-tender tones on “Just Say” are especially effective. The album's title track—a sweeping invocation of God’s power throughout history—unfolds against a luminous, Coldplay-like backing. From uplifting rockers like “Christ the Lord” and “Shout for Joy” to yearning prayerful pieces like “Reign in Me” and stark expressions like “Your Blood Ran Down,” Baloche shifts the sonic backdrops while keeping his message Spirit-centered.

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It might seem odd to write a review for your own album but I am still grateful after all these years to have the privilege of recording a collection of songs I believe in. I still feel the 12 year old boy in me that dreamed of getting to do this "someday" - maybe. After a year of writing, rewriting, arranging, recording, mixing, and "stressing" :) I'm grateful to release this offering to God and to those who choose to listen.
This album is a true worship collective - Recorded live in my band member’s basement studios with a community of friends and fellow worshippers including 'All Sons and Daughters', Kari Jobe, Hillsong's Ben Fielding, Kathryn Scott, Lincoln Brewster, and others.
I hope you enjoy it. Oh! and you get NINE videos too :))

stephen proctor - worshipVJ

I don't know anyone who's been writing and recording worship music as long as Paul has who has been able to provide fresh, modern sounds that help me sing like I mean it. Not only has he pioneered the landscape of modern worship expression, but he continues to stay ahead of the curve…not only in his music but in the way he mentors other worshipers.
And not only that, but his music inspires my visual creativity… I love to VJ Paul's songs while he is leading them. And we need more songs in the Church like that!
Thanks, Paul, for being awesome and letting us worship through your art.

Not content to stand still...

Paul Baloche needs no introduction, so I won’t bother. Even if you don’t recognize his name, you’ve sung his songs. I regularly use no less than 12 of Paul’s originals in corporate worship, which is significant given the number of new worship songs that flood the market daily – he is truly a masterfully gifted songwriter. What’s better, however, is the Jesus-centered heart of the man, which overflows in his lyrics & personally, for those who’ve been face-to-face with him.

That’s all to say – too be fair from the outset – I have liked Paul’s contribution to the singing church for some time. In fact, his last CD, GLORIOUS, is probably among my favorite worship CDs of all-time. You may think that means I’d be biased towards THE SAME LOVE – you would be wrong. I will explain why.

THE SAME LOVE is by no means GLORIOUS part 2 – or “part 2” to any of his prior releases – which definitely caught me off-guard at first because usually Paul’s songs sound like…well…Paul. They are consistently solid, & if you like one of his releases, chances are that you’ll like the others. Not comfortable to re-tread the same old (albeit very successful, highly impactful) ground, Paul really steps out on this one – experimenting with songwriting styles & structures often more in-line with Hillsong than his back catalogue. On top of that, he pays particularly close attention - by his own confession - to his vocal delivery... there is a real sense of passion & authenticity in his voice, here... it works well.

In other words, if you’re a long-time fan - if you're used to Paul sounding like Paul, this one may take a few listens to adjust to, but if you’ve always wanted to give Paul’s music a chance, this would be a good place to step in.

The title track is more along the lines of what is to be expected from him: a “must sing” corporate anthem extolling the beauties of God’s great love. The lyrics are fresh & uncontrived, the melody is memorable, & the chorus hook is one you’ll find still running around your head late at night when you’re trying to sleep. It, and “We are Saved” – another personal favorite – are “classic Paul Baloche”, in the best sense of the words. "Shout for Joy" - after a few listens - also struck me: the songwriting is not terribly unusual, but the instrumentation & production really bring out something unique, & I LOVE the theme - always a good reminder.

My other personal favorite, however, is almost lullaby-like in it’s subtlety. “Just Say”, a faith-filled confession of God’s ability to fix brokenness, heal sickness, & make right the wrong, reminds me more of an Innocence Mission song than anything Paul has written before. It seems to musically draw attention to open space, & quiet, as much as it does the melody itself. And the lyrics nearly move me to tears.

I was also taken by “Look upon the Lord”, though it took a few times to grow on me – a song that brings to mind Hillsong’s quieter fare, slowly buildings towards its powerful chorus.

Worship pastors who like to incorporate modern-hymnody into their services would also do well to note “All Because of the Cross”, an interesting re-write of the classic hymn “Nothing but the Blood”, and “My Hope”, a particularly catchy re-purposing of one of my old favorites, “The Solid Rock”.

Though, on a first listen, I didn’t immediately pin-point a whole collection of “must sing” songs like I did with his last, Paul is pushing forward in a few fresh, new directions here, and with repeated listening a number of excellent corporate songs rise to the surface. I’m looking forward to singing “The Same Love”, “We are Saved”, & “Just Say” in our churches soon, & anticipating many more fruitful years of Paul sharing his gift with God’s people.

Thank you for not being content to stand still, Paul. Good work. Hoping for MANY more to come.

Biography

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s

This singer first began his interest in music after being introduced to the Beatles at an impressionable age. Growing up in a French Catholic family, Paul Baloche learned how to play guitar during his junior-high-school years. After high school, he performed in and around the southern New Jersey club circuit, gradually graduating into Philadelphia and Atlantic City clubs. At the same time, he met his wife Rita, a country & western singer. During this time, both Baloche and his wife had born-again...
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