Album Review: Hillsong Young and Free’s This Is Living EP

Acclaimed for their ‘very different’ and energetic style in worship, Australia’s Hillsong Young and Free exist to win and lead the younger generation for Jesus with their electronic dance music (EDM). Led by Laura Toggs, daughter of Hillsong’s Senior Pastor, Hillsong Young and Free appeared in the scene in 2013 with their “We Are Young And Free” album—a record that saw two no.1 Christian Hits “Alive” and “Wake”. The album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Christian chart as well as on the Praise and Worship chart. Far from Hillsong Worship and Hillsong United’s anthemic, pop-rock sound; Young and Free’s music is more on synths, electronic effects and swirling beats, which are attractive to the young folks.

Early this year, Hillsong Young and Free kicked off with a new EP “This Is Living”, featuring five tracks—three new (“This Is Living”, “Energy” and “Pursue”), one acoustic version, and a re-release from their debut record.

The title cut “This Is Living” is a collaboration with Christian hip hop artist Lecrae. Infused with energy and electronic dance vibe, this catchy track is pretty interesting and something that’s not heard much of in Christian music scene. The bouncy dance beats and swirling synths make the song alive.

Sung by Melody Wagner, “Energy”, the second track, is one built on massive electronic-synth foundation. Its title speaks for itself. It is the EP’s ultimate dance song, while “Pursue” is worship in dynamic instrumentation. Unlike the aforementioned cuts, this one is less in synths—just fair enough to make the song alive.

Making the electronic vibes completely absent, the acoustic version of “This Is Living” is a very good rest from the ear-tickling EDM. The melodious piano line is a cushion that stretches through the album conclusion, which is the reprise of “Sinking Deep” from their debut album.

Overall, “This Is Living” EP is a very delicious foretaste to Hillsong Young and Free’s upcoming releases; and I know greater things lie ahead for this group as they make the praise of God glorious for all ages.

Rating: 4.9/5

Disclosure: A review copy of This Is Living was provided for review by House of Praise, from whom you may purchase the album.

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