11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The faith that MercyMe celebrates on The Hurt & the Healer is filled with an almost palpable sense of wonder. The Christian band recaptures the awestruck reverence of its 2001 breakthrough hit “I Can Only Imagine” in these musically diverse and thematically linked tracks. The album embraces everything from the Beatles-esque bounciness of “To Whom It May Concern” to the spacy funk of “Don’t Give Up on Me” and the slide guitar–driven Southern soul of “Take the Time." (The latter features Needtobreathe’s Bear Rinehart on vocals.) Lead singer Bart Milland brings an unaffected spirit to thoughtful atmospheric pieces like “You Are I Am” and buoyant, radio-friendly numbers like “You Know Better.” What binds the album’s facets together is the wide-eyed quality of its worshipful lyrics. A deep humility and gratitude infuse tracks as different as the title track (an arena-sized praise ballad) and “Hold On” (a cheerful pop tune with a luminous finish). “The First Time” closes the album with a breathless contemplation of God’s limitless nature. The Hurt & the Healer is a standout in the MercyMe catalog.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The faith that MercyMe celebrates on The Hurt & the Healer is filled with an almost palpable sense of wonder. The Christian band recaptures the awestruck reverence of its 2001 breakthrough hit “I Can Only Imagine” in these musically diverse and thematically linked tracks. The album embraces everything from the Beatles-esque bounciness of “To Whom It May Concern” to the spacy funk of “Don’t Give Up on Me” and the slide guitar–driven Southern soul of “Take the Time." (The latter features Needtobreathe’s Bear Rinehart on vocals.) Lead singer Bart Milland brings an unaffected spirit to thoughtful atmospheric pieces like “You Are I Am” and buoyant, radio-friendly numbers like “You Know Better.” What binds the album’s facets together is the wide-eyed quality of its worshipful lyrics. A deep humility and gratitude infuse tracks as different as the title track (an arena-sized praise ballad) and “Hold On” (a cheerful pop tune with a luminous finish). “The First Time” closes the album with a breathless contemplation of God’s limitless nature. The Hurt & the Healer is a standout in the MercyMe catalog.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
445 Ratings

445 Ratings

Edie613 ,

Speaks to me in a divine way!

Love this new album! The Hurt and the Healer, words that have sustained me and kept me focused on God as I journey through grief. My husband died 9 months ago. It's faith, family and friends getting me through and music, Christian music, was such a worship experience for us. My husband played in two praise bands. So now, music and the lyrics have the ability to move me, to worship, to grieve, to joyfully praise God and know that while a part of me has died, God truly is breathing me back to life. The entire album has amazing lyrics!
Love MercyMe's music and love to have their music as part of my worship, part of my day, part of my life!

Steeleage ,

Fantastic and Fresh

Yet another encouraging album from MercyMe!

So far "The Hurt and the Healer" and "You Are I Am" are my favorites.
MercyMe has been a blessing in all of their albums- Eight I think...

baylormum ,

Once again

MercyMe continues to give their testimony through songs that hit home for me. And I love me some Bear Rinehart!! What a great surprise! Cannot pick a fav tune, but 3 are You Are I Am, Take the Time (of course!), and The First Time. I don't know who did keyboards/piano on The First Time, but it is beautiful. There are still some songs to move to, just like the 70's, as Bart likes to say! Thanks, guys.

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