We Shall Not Be Shaken
We Shall Not Be Shaken, Matt Redman's first album in three years, compares favorably with anything the singer/songwriter has released in the past, and Redman’s ability to frame simple messages of praise within the context of modern pop/rock shows further refinement in these tracks. The album’s textures are pleasingly varied — blazing volleys of electric guitar light up “The More We See” and "We Will Not Be Shaken," while “Through It All” sails upon elegant, faintly British strings and horns. Redman avoids histrionics as he sings with a clear, fervent authority, and he reaches especially impressive heights on “How Great is Your Faithfulness,” a majestic waltz with an instantly memorable chorus. The most distinctive track here is “Remembrance (Communion Song),” an understated celebration of the joys of communion. As grand as the themes on We Shall Not Be Shaken are, the album never overreaches or strains for effect. This is praise music rendered with skill and spirit, reaffirming Redman’s enduring stature as a composer and artist.