Have we lost the wonder? This album wants to restore it
By Marvin Schrebe
Hillsong United released their new album “Wonder”earlier this month, their sixth full-length studio album.
It follows their recent album Empires, which held a top five position on the Billboard charts fueled by their single “Touch The Sky”. Undisputedly one of the genre's most influential artists in the history of contemporary Christian music (over 2 million albums sold and 700 million career streams to date, remaining the #1 Christian artist on all social media platforms reaching over 9 million fans combined), the band that rocketed to no. 5 on Billboard's Top 200 with their last record "Empires," hopes to re-awaken the innate sense of Wonder within the human being.
With the announcement of Wonder’s release comes two instant grats on iTunes and Spotify for the songs, “Wonder” and “Splinters and Stones.”
“Have we lost the Wonder?” asked Joel Houston, front man for the Australia-born band. “The hope, the imagination to dream, to believe, the tenderness to listen and lead first with mercy, the grace to empathize, the courage to trust, the fearlessness to love without pretense or condition. To see beyond the facts without dismissing them. To respond beyond the fear without reciprocating it. To sing beyond the noise, without adding to it. This is the challenge, and this is what worship— if worship can be summed up as an expression of art and music and story— is ultimately designed to do. To elevate the conversation, re-awaken the soul to something other, and lift our eyes to the wonder of a superlative truth.”
Here is a track listing for the new album “Wonder.”
2. Shadow Step
3. Future Marches In
4. So Will I (100 Billion X)
5. Splinters and Stones
6. Glimmer in the Dust
7. Greatest of These
8. Shape of Your Heart
9. Not Today
11. Rain / Reign
12. Water to Wine
Wonder is a song that glorifies Jesus and asks us if we have seen the wonder in nature and in life. Have you seen the Wonder?