Currently, there’s no other name that has such a global impact on today’s worship music than Hillsong. Recorded live in London, England and Sydney, Australia, Glorious Ruins is the twenty-second album to come out under the moniker Hillsong Live since 1992. That’s one album every year. This album features the worldwide coming together of Hillsong’s worship team, including Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Ben Fielding, UNITED and international teams from London, Stockholm and Cape Town.
There are some beautiful songs on Glorious Ruins, including the title track, “God Who Saves,” “To Be Like You,” “Man of Sorrows,” and “Anchor.” But as a whole, there’s nothing new here; it’s just a bunch of typical worship songs that tend to follow the same formula – a catchy tune that at some point will build to a dramatic crescendo while a few lines of chorus are repeated over and over. For a group of songwriters who are so influential in this genre, it would be nice to see them taking more risks and breaking out of that stereotypical formula.
Glorious Ruins is a relatively decent worship album, full of songs that will be making their way to a church near you; you might as well pick up the album and learn them now.