Phil Wickham – Response (Review)

Phil Wickham – Response (Review)

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Released October 4th 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

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Is it really time for new music from Phil Wickham?  It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Heaven & Earth graced our ears and now the man is coming out with his fifth full length album (depending on which ones you want to count), Response.

Response isn’t all that different than what we have come to expect from Phil Wickham, sprinkling in pop rock while fully devoting his heart and lyrics toward worship or spiritual songs that declare the worthiness of praising God.  It comes in a variety of forms that diverge only in the slightest (and you really have to be listening for it) with the typical worship song like “One God”, the pop rock single “At Your Name ‘Yahweh, Yahweh” or the more pondering “Sun And Moon”, which takes a look at the close relationship we’re allowed to have with our God.

By this time, I think we know what we’re going to get when we hear a new Phil Wickham album and Response seems to fulfill the duties just about as I expected.  The heart is there and the voice is always powerful and stirring, though I think the songs need a little bit more sizzle in them to maintain my attention over an extended period of time, as they tend to put me in more of a dreamy daze than a get up and go spirit.  I don’t really think that this is the best output from Wickham and some of the songs were just a little too generic for what his skill dictates, but there’s enough on here to pick it up if you’re a fan of his earlier work.

Score: 3/5

Track List:

  1. Heaven Fall Down
  2. Joy
  3. One God
  4. At Your Name “Yahweh, Yahweh”
  5. This Is The Day
  6. All I Want Is You
  7. God of Our Salvation
  8. Sun & Moon
  9. This Love Will Last Forever
  10. All I Am
  11. The Victory

About Tyler Hess

Tyler Hess has been running Christian Music Zine since he created the site in 2008. His favorite bands are Relient K, Bleach, Emery, House of Heroes, The Classic Crime, Children 18:3 and Anberlin. Twitter = @tylerscotthess More Posts

6 Comments to “Phil Wickham – Response (Review)”

  1. =(

    Really liked his last two albums and pre ordered this one. Hope it’s not too far of a step backwards….

    • more than anything it just isn’t a step forward, more of a lateral move, I was hoping to hear some improvements. do you not have spotify yet, Anthony? still holding onto the idea that CD’s are the only way to go? haha :)

      • Well, I’d rather hear albums I’m for sure going to buy when I have the cd in my hands (raises expectations for sure). But, with all this pressure from the staff (especially you) I’ll give it a shot. =)

  2. Finally got my copy of “Response.” =/

    His weakest album with the majority of the songs too “safe” Another one to add to the list of artists that are becoming too CCM alongside The Afters, Sanctus Real, Shawn McDonald, and Brandon Heath. Thankfully I can take Leeland off the list since “The Great Awakening” is their comeback!

  3. I still think it’s better then most CCM stuff. Definitely not as good as Heaven and Earth but there’s some really great songs. :) Still need to listen to Leeland though.. I REALLY hope their new album is better than their last.

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