Tim Hughes is one of those names known across the world, or at least has a song or two familiar with a large swathe of the church. All those years ago, “Here I Am to Worship” resonated with the people of God and continues to be sung in worship celebrations internationally. Years later and we find Tim collaborating with longstanding names and upcoming worship leaders for what is his broadest and richest effort to date.
Collaboration is something that Tim Hughes has been striving towards, as evidenced by WorshipCentral.org, a school of worship with a strong online community, that seeks to encounter God, equip the worshipper and empower the local church. And it’s exciting to see Hughes put this into such magnificent action on Love Shine Through. Writing and recording with people like Ben Cantelon, Phil Wickham, Michael Guy Chislet (Hillsong UNITED) and Kim Walker-Smith (Jesus Culture), the album has an expansive sound. Oh, and if you’d wondered what the Delirious? boys are up to now, two of them were deeply involved in this project. Stu G was adding his songwriting skills, as was Martin Smith, with the latter also taking on the production work.
Because of this, the album has a more progressive sound than some of Hughes other releases, and it is all to good effect. As Tim puts it, with this album he was “able to be a bit more bold, to make more of an artistic album, one that captures a bit more beauty perhaps.”
The opening track of “Counting On Your Name” begins with similar atmospheric soundscapes that marked the watershed album of “Glo” in the Delirious? catalog, before settling into a gentle guitar strum that builds through to the powerful, choir backed ending. The track is an encapsulation of all that is to follow as 11 more tracks follow from the rocking “God Is Coming”, and “Never Stop Singing” to the grand and stately “At Your Name (Forever)”. The songs deal with God’s power, faithfulness and the devotion of His people who are living in the kindness of His grace and mercy.
Hughes has acknowledged his concern that congregational worship might be getting stale at times. Title track “Love Shine Through” seems to be a statement musically to pursue excellence, excitement and passion – around 3 and a half minutes into the track, the trumpets are unleashed and wild, abandoned worship erupts. The overall impression of this is a Tim Hughes & Delirious? album, and that is no bad thing at all!
I thought it best to end with Hughes own words about this album. “In my walk with God and my expression of worship, I’ve been pushing myself to be more real, daring and honest. I guess these songs are an attempt to articulate that longing for more of God; that belief that He is everything and the desire that in all things His love would shine through.”
This review was originally written for Foursquare.org and the review material were provided by the publisher at no cost. No pressure was exerted or desire expressed for a favorable review. All opinions expressed are mine. Except the bits where I quoted Tim Hughes.