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The Hurt and the Healer CD by MercyMe is an astonishingly good album. Every track demands attention,a triumph for these giants of the Christian music scene.
The Hurt & The Healer gives you an experience of that moment when your need for God collides with God's love for you.
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‘The Hurt & The Healer’ is the sensational 7th album from Double-Platinum selling Christian mega-band – MercyMe – containing 10 tracks with a profound message.
The band has had their fair share of pain. ‘The Hurt & the Healer’ reflects those experiences – those moments which emotionally cripple us. But in the midst of those experiences MercyMe musically explore the healing moment of collision between our hurt and God’s love. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crippling emotion, listen to the title track of MercyMe’s latest album and let the honest, redemptive lyrics wash over your soul.
“I’m alive // Even though a part of me has died // You take my heart and breathe it back to life // I fall into your arms open wide // When the hurt and the healer collide.” – Chorus from the title track, ‘The Hurt & The Healer’.
This must-listen-to song has the very same extraordinary quality they captured in ‘I Can Only Imagine’. The music feels transcendent, the lyrics spark revelation and the sentiment conveyed through Bart’s vocals is both passionate and reassuring. Produced by Brown Bannister and Dan Muckala, the album features signature MercyMe anthems, engaging pop style songs and worshipful, intimate moments.
An astonishing musically achievement, this healing album is meant for more than just sales, charts and awards – it’s for you to listen to the words and experience our loving God in your pain.
The Hurt and the Healer by MercyMe was published by Authentic in May 2012 and is our 13502nd best seller. The ISBN for The Hurt and the Healer is 0736211602091.
“The whole concept behind the album, ‘The Hurt & the Healer’, in a roundabout way it’s kind of a follow up to ‘Mr Lovewell’ in a sense that the previous album was about the pain that revolves around the cross and this is probably taking a more serious level”.
“We’ve gone through a lot of tragedy over this last year and seen some pretty tough things and we’ve had our share of pain and stuff in the past but this year it was different because it’s one thing to hurt the way some people do but when you have moments when you truly have this collision where your pain is so great but then Christ the healer shows up in such a way that everything changes and we’ve gone through that this season”.
“It’s been a pretty amazing experience. We sit down and talk about what the albums going to be and for whatever reason God’s called us to write songs to help you through the healing process, do we even try to fight it, this is kind of who we are. The ideas to try to create an album that tries to brings healing to people, that not just brings healing to people but this ironic sense that when you go through losing someone or something really tragic it’s the irony of feeling more alive than any time before”.
“It’s those moments when we embrace our kids a little tighter and re-evaluate what important in life. Those are the moments that even the single talks about, we feel more alive when the hurt and the healer collide. The whole album kind of revolves around that concept, it doesn’t mean that the whole album’s really heavy, it’s just a process to get people to a better place through these moments that seem to cripple us at times” – Bart Millard, lead singer in MercyMe.
“The band’s latest full length is just as excellent as anything they’ve released. With a foundation of uplifting melodies and lyrics grounded in biblical themes, there’s hardly a down moment. Singer Bart Millard’s voice sounds as rich and strong as it ever has. MercyMe is clearly a band intent on making music to and for God, and for that their work will never return void.” – Christianity Today
One of Christian music’s biggest bands returns with their 7th studio album: ‘The Hurt & The Healer’. Having released consistently good albums since signing with INO records in 2001, the band have built up a massive American fan base. Despite numerous Grammy nominations, like many Christian contemporary artists, the band remains practically undiscovered in the UK. They came close at the beginning of the noughties with crossover single ‘I Can Only Imagine’, but it’s unlikely this album will bring the band much more publicity.
Opener, ‘You Know Better’, sets the tone for the recording. It’s a mid tempo pop tune with a production that emphasizes lyrics over musical creativity. ‘You Don’t Care At All’ is a little more interesting and reminiscent of Royal Taylor with a genuine funk feel.
A great piano sound does most of the work in the verses before the electric guitars kick in and vocalist Bart Millard goes up the octave for the chorus of: “All of my yesterdays / All of my past mistakes / You’ve thrown them all away / You don’t care at all”. The fuzz filled guitar solo is great adding to the songs drama.
‘You Are I Am’ is a very well crafted song that is sure to delight fans in live performances. Catchy, upbeat and joyful if there’s one song that encompasses the feel of the entire album, it’s this one.
Other highlights include the band’s single ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’. Once you reach the rhythm break everything becomes clear, the verse is a cry to God – “don’t give up on me”. Then you hear God’s reply amidst the quite – “be still I’ll never you / when you’re far I am near / my grace will always be greater / then the sum of all your fears”. Bart Millard has an undeniable gift of being able to craft meaningful and moving lyrics.
The title track, ‘The Hurt & the Healer’, is sung with emotion and passion. The band have clearly spent a long time perfecting the arrangement and lyrics. It's a very solid song.
‘Take The Time’ is well worth a listen as ‘NeedToBreathe’s Bear Rinehart duets with Bart. The song has a great soul feel to it with slide guitars and improvised vocals. It builds well and before you know it there’s a chorus of voices uniting for an anthemic final chorus. MercyMe continue to produce solid, well produced music that many have grown to love and even more are yet to discover. It’s fair to say that since the band initial success back in 1991, they have grown as musicians, as worship leaders and as Christian role models.
Having enjoyed the line-light in America for the past decade, when will this great contemporary Christian band be discovered in Britain? ‘The Hurt & the Healer’ is they’re strongest album to date, and a fantastic place to start.
So here I am
What's left of me
Where glory meets my suffering
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I've fallen into your arms open wide
When the hurt and he healer collide
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|Author / Artist||MercyMe|
|Publisher||Authentic (May 2012)|
|Page last updated||5th February 2018|