Hillsong United
All of the Above


3.0
good

Review

by Cesar USER (16 Reviews)
August 13th, 2007 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you like Christian/Gospel music I recommend this album, if you aren’t into this sort of music then don’t worry in picking this up because you won’t be loosing much.

After being active since 1999 and releasing 7 albums, Hillsong United has finally released their first studio album, All Of The Above. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel albums, and has moved to #60 on Billboard US Top 200. All of the Above makes a stand for Christian and Gospel music, showing that the genre is alive and that some good music can be found in it.

This isn’t an excellent album by any means, but it does show sparks of greatness and a line of enjoyable songs. This can easily be described as a praise and worship radio-friendly album, but it won’t be a completely accurate description. All of the Above has more than radio-friendly mainstream rock tunes, it has variety, musical skill, and the will to send a message.

Musically and vocally All of the Above succeeds in having great variety. This will come very handy given the fact that it is 73 minutes long with the average song lasting 4:30. However although this variety does help make the album bearable, it isn’t enough to keep it from turning boring and tiring after a while. In this album one can find slow ballads, jumpy poppy songs, even some hard-rocklike songs with some nice drum lines and crafty guitar riffs; the best example of this last type is the song Break Free which is a clear highlight of the album. Instrumentally there is nothing mind-blowing and great about this album and nothing really stands out (with the rare exception of the guitar). It is also very important to note that this album has three different lead vocalists, including a female, each leading different songs. To some this would be a bad thing, but all of the vocals a very well done and the female one is quite a refreshing change.

The lyrical content of this album is obvious, being a Christian worship album the lyrics go in that direction. Some of the lyrics can be very cheesy, but there is also some nice originality. If you are into this type of lyrics chances are that you will really like them, but if you like Slayer… just kidding, but if you are not into this type of lyrics chances are the album will be really boring.

Like Christian music or not, it can’t be denied that this album is full of emotion. The band does all it can to send their message and make it reach as many as possible. This album is not just for the music, it is for the music as a way to send a message of a higher value, and that is something that Hillsong Untied knows very well how to do.

If you are into Christian music: 3.5/5
If you are not or don’t care about Christian music: 2.5/5



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Cesar
August 13th 2007


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Short, but I like how it came out. Probably not my best though.



BTW I placed this under Alt Rock cuz I didn't know where else to place it. If anyone has a better option of where to place it on the site then pliz let me know. This Message Edited On 08.13.07

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
August 13th 2007


3912 Comments


Hillsong as in the Australian Hillsong?

HotSalvation
August 13th 2007


258 Comments


ha ha I went to a Hillsong concert with my ma ma a while ago.

pretty good for a worship band, I'd recommend 100 Portraits & Waterdeep over this though

maybe jason upton too, but I can't help but laugh at him sometimes

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 13th 2007


2126 Comments


We play some of these songs at my church. I'm not really into this sort of music and I only really listen to it to learn the songs on guitar, but this is good for what it is. Some of the more obvious ripoffs (that one song that sounds exactly like The Killers in the intro) are pretty funny/annoying. Also, I think that it not being a live album doesn't work so well.

Fort23
August 13th 2007


3017 Comments


i wouldn't go out and buy this. nice review.

Hatshepsut
August 14th 2007


1997 Comments


Nice, I actually listened to Hillsong on the plane tonight. "Blessed" is a really good album.

Cesar
August 14th 2007


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yes, this is related to the Australian Hillsong. Thankx for the feedback.



Congratulations Hatshepsut on your 2000 comment.

RandyfromPennywise
August 14th 2007


752 Comments


Fuck, Hillsong, it's everywhere!

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 14th 2007


2126 Comments


Haha, tru dat.

I should probably add that I'm not really a big fan of the church.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 26th 2007


4948 Comments


does the rating really go down or up if religion is at hand with the music?

Cesar
August 28th 2007


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not religion perse but the lyrics.



I'm going to go extreme here, but if an Atheist listens to an album that is all about the glory of God and worshipping God he won't like it. He can perfectly well enjoy the music but he will get tired of the lyrical content. If a person that lives for God and its very religious listens to an album that worships and glorifies God then he'll like it and enjoy it far more than someone that doesn't believe in God.

AtavanHalen
October 19th 2007


17920 Comments


I like Underoath and I'm an athiest.

This is just plain bad.

millencolinariast
September 13th 2008


20 Comments


this album has great rock sides, and the worship sides are okay depending on what mood of christianity you are in
desperate people and break free, solution and my future decided are the definate highlights


IAmInsect
September 13th 2008


3800 Comments


what mood of christianity are you in right now?

thejared
September 13th 2008


229 Comments


these guys arent bad for a worship band but i would much rather be at there concert listening than just listening to it normally cuz it sorta loses its impact

RandyfromPennywise
September 18th 2008


752 Comments


I don't like Evangelicalism. I don't support this album or the Hillsong Church. Most notably through Family First, groups such as Hillsong are spreading their influence in to the political shpere, and it is dangerous ground to be treading on. We can see the influence that Evangelicalism has in American politics, and that's the last thing that we should be striving for here in Australia.

soldier0cross
January 15th 2009


28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Saw these guys live with my youth leadership team. For a christain myself im not heavy into worship music in some instances I disagree with the notion of it in others its truely beautiful. Seeing these guys live those exquisite and an empowering soulful experience and you see how talented they are. But the music isn't the moving thing about the concert it just happens to be a venue for the message being shared.

cirq
October 22nd 2009


9349 Comments


im surprised to see this here

Cesar
December 6th 2009


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

why?

Waior
December 6th 2009


11627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hillsong on Sputnik?!



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