I’m not a terribly old person, but I’m certainly not a youngster. This is proved to me over and over again every time I listen my local college radio station. What was once “my station” is now filled with a bunch of noise that they claim is music. It’s official: I am old.
But thankfully, I have found a remedy for this malady; I have found a sonic fountain of youth in the music of Hillsong Youth & Free. For the past year, I’ve been including a few Hillsong Y&F to our pre-service playlist, and it doesn’t matter how tired I am, how “old” I’m feeling, I immediately get a spring in my step and a song of praise in my heart.
Youth Revival Acoustic
Last year, Hillsong Y&F released their second album, Youth Revival. This past month, they released a follow up EP, Youth Revival Acoustic, that offers eight acoustic versions of songs from the previous album along with the studio version of “Real Love” and “Falling Into You.” I must have missed last year’s album somehow, but I’m absolutely loving this one. The acoustic tracks remind me a bit of Hillsong United’s Of Dirt and Grace, but a little more young and a little more free, if that make any sense.
Silliness aside, like all Hillsong albums, the music is current, even cutting-edge, and the lyrics are poetry with power. Here are a few of the songs I’ve enjoyed the most:
“Falling Into You” Acoustic & Studio
“Never Alone” Acoustic
“Where You Are” Acoustic
“Real Love” Acoustic & Studio
This is a great album that combines the energy of a Y&F album with the passion and authenticity that acoustic music allows for. Too often, we’re all set for a praise party, but God wants to draw us into a quieter moment. This album provides a superior musical experience while creating that quiet space for us and God. To that end, I’ve found “Real Love” particularly encouraging on my drive to work.
I think you will, too.
– 5.0 Stars
You can find Youth Revival Acoustic in iTunes and Google Play.
A copy of this album was provided to me by the record company in exchange for an honest review, which is what you’ve just finished reading.