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The 2013 live CD from Hillsong United featuring a bonus DVD
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Hillsong United’s third studio album – ‘Zion’ – represents a God-centred progression by the ever-changing Australian youth worship band that has the potential to become the hallmark worship album of 2013.
The youth band birthed from worship mega-church ‘Hillsong’ have become accustom to re-inventing the worship wheel. Their last album, ‘Awakening’, saw the band move away from the conventional, repetitive and over-done sound we’ve all come to expect from a Hillsong album. So let me set the record straight once and for all – ‘Zion’ is indisputable proof of Hillsong United’s musical, lyrical and spiritual maturity.
MUSICALLY – highly creative with dancy electro synth and some incredible drumming (already being compared to the new Coldplay).
LYRICALLY – shatters any preconceptions that Hillsong United fill their songs with hot air: notice the interesting titles ‘Love Is War’, ‘Scandal of Grace’ and ‘A Million Suns’.
SPIRITUALLY – “the whole point of this album is the realisation that God is doing His thing, and He has already done it, He is establishing His Church, and it's through us.” – Joel Houston.
“The Lord has chosen Zion. He has desired it for his home.” – Psalm 132: 13 (Paraphrase).
Two disc deluxe set in special packaging with lenticular sleeve, double size booklet and two-sided poster. The content of the Bonus Enhanced DVD includes:
• Welcome to Zion video
• 2 x bonus songs
• 3 x bonus re-mixes
• Beautiful landscape photos taken during the album photo-shoot
• 3 x bonus Live In Miami videos: "Take Heart", "Aftermath" and "Nova"
Zion CD/DVD Deluxe Edition by Hillsong United was published by Hillsong in February 2013 and is our 1557th best seller. The ISBN for Zion CD/DVD Deluxe Edition is 9320428231147.
Zion DVD by Hillsong
“So the album is called Zion. Zion is very precious to the heart of God, essentially what Jesus came to establish. This is a God who desperately wants to birth His kingdom through us.
The lyric being sung over and over: “Your Love is Relentless.” From the first track on the album – Relentless.
The Lord has chosen Zion. He has desired it for his home. Psalm 132: 13. [para]
“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.” – Jono Davis, Louderthanthemusic.com Review.
“Hillsong UNITED has basically reinvented themselves, and the changes are amazing. Musically, this album goes where many would fear to tread and lyrically it's creative and approachable.” – Ryan Barbee, Jesusfreakhideout.com Early Review.
“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.” – Breathecast.com Review.
“To label the new album as a fresh sound is to understate the originality that is Zion.” – Holyculture.net Review.
Hillsong Untied grew out of Hillsong Church’s Youth Ministry. In the summer of 1997 the team organised a camp which made a huge impact in the local area. They would play ‘Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble’ every night, along with original high-energy songs. On their return they decided they should hold a monthly event centred on worship which brought together all the groups, which they called “UNITED” Nights.
The resulting momentum spilled out in the main church, where the songs they wrote for the summer camp were influencing the church’s worship style (like Reuben Morgan’s ‘My Redeemer Lives’). Darlene Zschech recognized this natural movement and encouraged Reuben and the band to record an album in 1998, which became there first EP ‘One’, followed by ‘Everyday’ in 1999.
Both albums reached Gold status in Australia. They continued to release live albums every year, with Reuben Morgan and Marty Sampson leading the band. After 3 more albums (‘Best Friend in 2000, ‘King of Majesty’ in 2001 & ‘To the Ends of the Earth’ in 2002) Reuben stepped down to lead worship elsewhere. Joel Houston, eldest son of the church’s lead pastors, took his place and changed their name from ‘United Live’ to ‘Hillsong United’.
The instantly recognizable artwork on ‘More Than Life’ (2004), ‘Look to You’ (2005) and ‘United We Stand’ (2006) saw the band rise to global fame with tours dates booked all over the world. With fresh band members growing through the ranks of Hillsong Leadership College, the band found fresh inspiration and energy as every year past. In November 2006, Marty Sampson officially stepped down after the success of ‘United We Stand’.
Their collaboration with New Zealand worship leader, Brooke Fraser, mustered their sung worship song to date – ‘Hosanna’. Released on their first studio album, ‘All of the Above’ (2007), the song took off and hasn’t landed since. Although the album sales were good, a growing criticism of the bands similar, unoriginal sound was starting to lose the interest of some fans.
Receiving more and more criticism from fans that their style had become repetitive and stale, the band took a bold move. Through Joel Houston’s initiative, the band set off in 2006 for a two year tour around the globe collecting performances as they went. The resulting album, ‘The I Heart Revolution: With Hearts as One’ (2008) was a 30 track live album of world-wide worshippers. With their huge platform, the band brought to the rich world’s attention the imbalance of global live. Using artistic video-ography the told us they didn’t know how to help this imbalance, just releasing and record and going from one city to the next wasn’t good enough – in fact they were missing the point.
Their brutal honestly sparked a revolution of love. The slogan – ‘We’re All In This Together’ – encouraged young people to recognise they can make a difference. It also opened there eyes to the worlds need, their own greed and ways they could actively be a part of changing the imbalance.
In 2009 ‘Across the Earth: Tear Down the Walls’ continued this message and added to their growing cause. After a two year gap, the band took a bold move to re-enter the studio and record a second studio album. The process took 12 months to complete it, from concept to production. They throw off all expectations and limitations to redefine the sound of worship and the sound of Hillsong United.
Released in 2011, ‘Aftermath’ hit the stores and was received with mixed reviews. One thing was abundantly clear, they wanted to encourage everyone to live in the light of the Aftermath of Christ. Many still felt they were sitting in comfort of the norm, only slightly venturing out on the seas of creativity. They went on to record a live version, ‘Live In Miami’ (2012), but everyone was waiting to see what this ever-changing band would concoct next.
And know we know, ‘Zion’ (February 2013) sees them return to the studio and push the boundaries further away from the ‘safe zone’. Interestingly the electric guitars have been side-liner allowing sythns and keyboards to take the musical lead. The result is a dancy, Coldplay-esque sound that harks back to an 80’s pop vibe. We think this daring move has paid off, with the resulting album having moments of atmospheric calm and wild musical abandonment that never settles on one sound (plus it’s got some awesome drumming too).
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|Author / Artist||Hillsong United|
|Publisher||Hillsong (February 2013)|
|Page last updated||20th April 2018|