What Others Are Saying

Nashville, TN, May 23, 2012: One of Christian music’s biggest and most beloved acts, MercyMe bowed their brand-new project, The Hurt & The Healer, yesterday to a No. 1 debut on the iTunes® Christian Albums Chart and in the Top 10 (at No. 10) on its overall album chart. Furthermore, The Hurt & The Healer is getting a lot of love from all who listen, including critics from Christianity Today, Crosswalk, New Release Tuesday and more:

“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

“…the album hits its AC radio sweet spot head-on, while still attempting to take unexpected turns here and there. All the way around, Healer is sure to please, with enough diversity and pathos to continue to provide encouragement and inspiration to the fans who have made MercyMe one of the most beloved acts in Christian music.” – Crosswalk / TheFish.com

“The Hurt & The Healer knocks it out of the park…This incredible band has once again released their newest best album. It has a very warm musical style that will immediately soothe your soul and cause you to worship and sing along with these ultra-talented musicians. Don’t miss out on the compelling sonic musical feel of this stellar five star album.” – NewReleaseTuesday.com

“MercyMe [has] created one of their most mature and lyrically profound of their career… [They] have crafted 10 tracks that take us on a musical journey that is one of the most rewarding of 2012. With plenty of rock songs to please the alternative genre, The Hurt and the Healer stretches musical boundaries to boldly assert its authority as one of this year’s standout albums…this album is not to be missed. Well done, MercyMe for such a captivating musical experience!” – Indie Vision Music

In addition to a stellar reception from the press, the title track continues to climb at a furious pace on the radio charts, claiming No. 1 on Soft AC/Inspo Indicator, and it’s also in the Top 5 at AC Monitored (No. 4) and NCA Monitored (No. 4).

What Others Are Saying

Hey everyone.  Today’s the day.  The release of “Hymned Again” and it’s already number 6 on iTunes.  You guys are awesome!  Thank you for supporting this.  Here are a few of the reviews that I was just sent from some other folks out there.  

**** (4 out of 5 stars)
“… excellent and one of the better hymn albums you’ll find. Millard sounds great as usual, Bannister’s production is typically flawless, and the recording is teeming with great musicianship…….I just hope it’s not the last, because there are too many beloved church standards and too many creative ways to perform them for Millard to wrap up a series with so much potential, or for that matter, to repeat himself musically from one Hymned to another.” –
Christianity Today.com
 
**** (4 stars)
“Shuffling through 10 historic gems and one original tune, Hymned Again is a dazzling departure from MercyMe’s more pensive pop/rock fare. Flinging the door wide open for interpretation, Hymned Again brilliantly stylizes its classic catalog with western swing, brassy big band, finger pickin’ Dixieland, simple acoustic and waltzy blues and jazz… Hymned Again is an unusual and oh so wonderful blend of melody, music and history that is unfortunately rare in today’s capitalistic musical commerce.” –
CCMmagazine.com 
 
“…a diversified smorgasboard offering the listener New Orleans influenced horn-driven jazz to Texas blue-rock guitar to bluegrass to… country. ” –
TitleTrakk.com

“With Hymned Again, you realize that MercyMe frontman Bart Millard isn’t the least bit trendy, but he is determined to minister. It makes all the difference in the Spirit you feel through the songs… Millard makes most of these hymns memorable enough to ring in your heart as they sing through your head days later.” – Everyday Woman

“The musical styles on this collection may not appeal to everyone, but those who have a fondness for church classics or folk, country or blues music will surely enjoy this album. Warning: Spontaneous swaying, toe-tapping or head-bobbing likely to occur while being Hymned Again.” – Charisma

“A real treat for those of us longing for honest, organic music.” – Journal of Student Ministries

“There is a lot that is notable about Millard’s hymnal projects. First the song selection, Millard likes to pick old classics that are near and dear to his heart… The hymns are rearranged but they still hold a nostalgic significance of a traditional church service. The new arrangements take on a zesty New Orleans sound and Millard’s voice is in perfect form.” – Alpha Omega News.org

While MercyMe is one of the best at bringing massive worship anthems to the church, Bart Millard’s, “Hymned Again” is a collection of 12 old school hymns set to a musical background that at times makes me feel like I’m walking through the French Quarter of New Orleans about 60 years ago. I personally loved the track, “Jesus Cares For Me”. The guitars are so beautiful I wanted to cry. – Phil Wickham

Leave your review in the comments.  I’d love to know what you think.  Thanks for your continued support.

-bart