HILLSONG WORSHIP : What a Beautiful Name. (Hillsong)
This is the song that (as I write) has been the #1 song on the Christian Airplay chart in the USA. Ben Fielding writes: “When we wrote this song, we imagined the power of declaring it at Easter – especially singing the bridge on Resurrection Sunday. At Easter we remember and declare that there is one Name that is above all others. Anything that can be given a name bows under the Name of Jesus. In that one Name is immeasurable beauty, wonder and power. This song brings the message of Easter back to the very foundation of our faith, not just in WHAT has been accomplished through the resurrection, but IN WHOM.” The EP has 6 versions of the same song. The Gospel version sees the piano backing the singers, with the collective voices providing added enhancement. The Y&F Remix features electronic sounds and an ethereal female vocal. I liked this version very mnuch. We, then, move to an acoustic style, were simple orchestral pads provide the backdrop to the words, sung as a duet. The 4th take, sees keyboards and guitars in control, as the song really builds in power, but it’s the live recording that really blew me away. I was lucky enough to watch the video on You Tube, and it is simply magnificent. Hearing thousands sing the song so beautifully made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. The closing Selah rendition, is quite nice, but not really my cup of tea. Saying that, this song is bound to become one of the great Easter songs of our time. 9/10.