Anointed. If given only one word to describe the machine that is Hillsong UNITED, this has to be it. From the initial downbeat of title track “Wonder,” listeners will feel a renewed effervescence—a welcoming sonic zest—coming out in bursts of full and instantly recognizable melodies and messages. For a collection of brand new tunes, you see, that’s anointing. If Empires (buy) was a black-and-white ball of potential energy waiting in the wings—underneath layer upon layer of digital loops and keyboard padding—Wonder (buy) boldly explodes with blinding color and light, proclaiming the “Jesus way” and the awe of God’s love for each and every one of us. The album drips with upward gazes while Hillsong UNITED beautifully marries lyric with music to create an unforgettable experience from song one to thirteen. And speaking of the music, there are a ton of hidden gems and perfections, but overall, the sounds that spin from Wonder merit a position on the Mt. Rushmore of the modern worship age. What’s unlikely? That many will put this album down any time soon.
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