Currently sitting at #1 on iTunes, there is little question about the popularity of Zion, the latest release from Hillsong United. But is it all hype, or is it really that good? If you are still on the fence about whether this is an album worthy of your lunch money, we’ve collected some key quotes from recent reviews.
Our take after consuming all of the reviews:
- The production and arrangements are progressive and innovative.
- The band is showing greater maturity lyrically with some room still to grow in terms of song structure.
- Perhaps they could show a little more restraint in song duration and overall album length.
‘Zion’ is the sound of a band coming into their own. A bold step forward into unexplored territory that comes through as powerful yet contemplative, unique yet familiar.
The past accusations of ‘Theology Lite’ are less applicable here. ‘Zion’ is one of the most theocentric I’ve seen from Hillsong.
The song writing itself is still bound up in the same four chords structures and basic melody lines that are almost patronisingly simple.
“Zion” is a tour-de-force ready to stake its claim that Hillsong United has a face and it is not just a mere stepchild of the church.
…these tracks are intricately artful – they are like little movies slowly building themselves with the piling of layers and layers of sounds enhanced by the understated shimmering of emotions.
Some of the songs are so long and nebulous that it’s a far cry from the catchy worship favorites such as “Hosanna” or “Bones” or “Break Free.”
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Rather than a contrived attempt at relevance, Zion crafts a soundtrack for God’s people that is in every note and word intentional and Heaven-bent.
Louder Than the Music
This album is brilliant, using modern sounds to create songs full of the grace of God, leaving the listener with a wonderful sense of worship. Any album that stops you in your tracks like that is doing what it’s meant to do.
And from their “Second Staff Opinion”
Not only is it the best album United has ever released, it’s one of the best mainstream worship albums I’ve heard in a long time.
All About Worship
Great in a corporate setting, or just sitting alone with some headphones on, this album will take you to the throne, where you can praise the great name of our Lord.
Christian Music Zine
By the time I got to the end of Zion, I was pretty tired of listening to music. I am a fan of Hillsong UNITED but this got to be a bit long of an album, even without the deluxe tracks.