Reviewed by Cory Clubb
All That Is Within Me by
"Let me sum it up in two words: Uplifting rockabilly."
Bands and artists that have been around for a while with five or more albums, and numerous top singles under their belts, seem to dumb down from one record to the next. So, when I was in the mood to try something new to listen to, somehow I picked up MercyMe’s latest album All That Is Within Me. I didn’t expect much from these guys. But as I began to listen, I realized I was wrong. Let me sum it up in two words.
If those two words truly go together.
This being the sixth studio album from the pop/rock group, they’ve strengthened what makes them so great.
The track “Goodbye Ordinary” starts the record off with a powerful rock anthem that is sure to please fans, but they don’t stop there. The next song “Time Has Come” beats up the tempo as it shows off the band’s edge to rock. “I Know” is a song that professes faith in God through love.
The first radio single off this album “God With Us” is torn from the same cloth as previous singles and made to become a lasting one. The two songs “Sanctified” and “You Reign” are simple titled songs with deep meaning and inspirational moods. One of the most outstanding tracks comes next with “Grace Tells Another Story”. Bart Millard’s vocals display conviction and morality, creating a beautiful ballad about God’s grace. The song “Alright” reminded me (if I had lived in the 70’s) of a song that could have been done by the group Steve Miller Band. Rounding out All That Is Within Me are the sweet moving tracks “My Heart Will Fly” and “Finally Home” that each touch on love and, what seems to be a theme in MercyMe’s music, our journey toward heaven.
MercyMe has come a long way since the astronomical hit “I Can Only Imagine”. Instead of being a one hit wonder band, they showed the Christian music scene that they can hold their own. In this album no barriers are broken or new avenues explored, but it’s another solid recording these guys can hold high. Whether or not I wanted to listen to this album, pickers can’t be choosers, and I am sure glad I did.
Cory Clubb is author of the novel Saved by Grace and currently working on his first thriller. He holds a degree in Graphic Design and is always seeking to advance his talent as a writer. He is an avid reader, movie buff, and music enthusiast, tools he uses to infuse his imagination. He lives in central Illinois with his wife and three sons. You can find out more about his projects at his blog.