Label: SixSteps (SIX)
A big reason why the Passion Conference's annual praise and worship release is so beloved by Christians has to do with the sheer amount of musical variety each one thrusts into the spotlight. The 2018 installment, for instance, is expansive enough to encompass Kristian Stanfill's soaring anthems that burst with U2-inspired spiritual intensity ("Whole Heart"), Crowder's ecstatically pounding pleas to Jesus Christ dipped lovingly in haunted electronics and ethereal textures ("Ghost") and Matt Redman's deeply tender and spacious balladry ("Great Are You Lord"). But it also has to be noted that the sum ultimately is greater than the individual parts. Each song is a true collective effort on which the musicians come together in the name of charity to help enrich one another's expressions of faith.