Phil Wickham: The Ascension, Album Review

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In celebration of an old friend returning home, I thought I’d go ahead and review his favourite worship album, Phil Wickham’s the Ascension.

Phil Wickham is easily one of the best worship leaders active today, and the Ascension is just another addition to his ever growing collection of worship albums that are above the norm. Even the cover is as beautiful as the music itself.

So the album begins with the three strongest openers I’ve heard in a good while. The Ascension, Holy Light, and Carry My Soul are beautiful, sometimes up beat, and just plain soar. Phil’s falsetto is amazing in the bridge of Carry My Soul as he passionately cries and I will keep my lamplight burning in the night,ย I’ll be waiting here for you, watching for all Your signs . Take a listen.

The next two songs stray a little from the brilliance of those three openers, but by themselves, they’re great. And that proves that while Over All is the weakest song on the record, it’s still a great tune to sing along to in church.

What I found is that this album seems to be split in separate parts: the up beat acoustic numbers, the congregational sing along songs, and now the delicate, acoustic hymns, When My Heart is Torn Asunder, and Mercy. These two songs really bring a classic, hymn like feel to them that if put in a hymnal, would fit effortlessly.

The album returns to prior sounds with another congregational tune, Glory, and another up beat acoustic on par with the first three (and my personal favourite), Tears of Joy.

I love when the angelic voices come in at the bridge. Just beautiful, and again, Phil’s voice takes this track to another level.

The record ends with Thirsty, and what a way to end the record! A song earning for the presence of our creator.

Overall, for me this is easily better than Phil’s last record, Response, but it slightly misses the mark Heaven and Earth set back in 2009. But even though it’s not Phil’s absolute best, it’s been on steady repeat since a good friend introduced me to him, and it gets better with each listen.

So if you’re looking for a worship record that’s above the average standard, look no further than Phil Wickham’s the Ascension. I can’t wait to see where Phil goes from here, and if this album title is anything to go by, he’s just going to get better.

4/5

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17 thoughts on “Phil Wickham: The Ascension, Album Review

      1. I can’t see anything out of the ordinary. It all seems good from where I’m sitting, but I can’t see your dashboard or settings. If anything else strange happens, let me know. And for the record, remember when we were talking that CJR’s comments don’t sound like him? I picked that up with that comment as well.
        God bless.

    1. Also, not sure if this applies to anything, but you got a comment on your about page as well. But the same person commented on mine, so it’s probably got nothing to do with what’s going on.

      1. Okay, thanks. I know Leah thoughts. I just don’t know what is going on with the comment. because like I said. I didn’t write that first one. but for some reason only Jesus would know, They are using my name for it. That’s what Mum doesn’t understand either.

      2. There’s a few things that it could be. One: there’s another godchangeslifes in the world with the exact same picture (which is a little creepy since it’s a picture of everyone from park). Two: someone has hacked your account and is using your profile (which again is a little creepy). Or three: Dane commented and you didn’t know. That’s all I’ve got. Just pray no more come up, and pray that it doesn’t say anything inappropriate. I’ll pray along as well.

    1. Hey mate, just discovered something. I get an email whenever someone comments. The person who used your name has a different IP address than yours. His is has a bunch of numbers, than a bigpond address.
      I won’t display yours in case anyone else sees, but yours is different. It has different numbers with a Telstra website. So that’s interesting. Not sure if you can get anything out it, it’s just interesting.
      Here’s an article on it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_address

    1. Yeah, this is certainly a mystery. And no, I wasn’t messing with you mate, this is serious stuff. I tried typing in the address but nothing came up. I even tried IP locators and they couldn’t find anything.
      I have to be honest, I love mysteries, haha ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re going to solve this! So I’m just working on a new post (The Shield of Faith) and we’ll see if the impostor comments again.
      I might actually email my cousin, she knows more about computers than I do. She might have an idea of what’s happening.

  1. Hey I have the solution guys. I am at my grandparents, Mitch is on their computer a lot. HE DIDN’T SIGN OUT OF HIS BLOG. I logged into my gmail account thinking i can comment using that, but it came up as mitch’s. Sorry for the mixup, but as you said, mysterious are fun! LOL.

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