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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Essential Records
  • ASIN: B002JOGSGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alive Again
2. Shout Of The King
3. Sing Over Your Children
4. Hold Us Together
5. No Greater Love
6. Love Comes Down
7. Flesh And Bone
8. Remembrance
9. Letting Go
10. You Were On The Cross
11. Christ Has Risen
12. Garden

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My grandson still has mine!
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Honest, thought provoking words, great music.
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My favorite song is "Christ is Risen."
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Kellerman on September 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is Matt Maher's second release on a major label, but his fifth album. Maher has never released a mediocre record, and his albums have gotten progressively better. With "Alive Again," however, the Canadian Catholic takes his music to an entirely new level-- one even more mature, artistic, and meditative than that of his previous albums.

The lyrics in the title track, "Alive Again," are inspired by a famous passage from Augustine's Confessions, and the song is a moving depiction of conversion moved by God's grace. A pop-alternative sound (Coldplay-influenced), which is somewhat new to Maher's music, is a suitable canvas to his moving lyrics: "You called and you shouted,/ broke through my deafness/ Now I'm breathing in, and breathing out/ I'm alive again." This song has an expressive power that explodes with Maher's near-shouting cry at the end: "And I'll do whatever I have to/ just to get through/ cause I love you, yeah I love you."

The album includes a few traditional (though refreshing) praise-and-worship songs, including "No Greater Love," "Sing Over Your Children," and "Christ Has Risen." They're all full of Maher's characteristic joyful and spirit-filled lyrics.

A major highlight is "Hold Us Together," which has every reason to be a cross-over hit. The music is almost-folksy alternative rock with lyrics reminding us that only love can bring our lives hope and meaning. If this song doesn't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will.

Other highlights include "Letting Go" and "Garden," which may remind listeners of indie singers Ray Lamontagne and Damien Rice: Maher uses their raw, close-to-the-mic vocal techniques to bring Christian music into a new setting. It's spectacular.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dalton VINE VOICE on October 11, 2009
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Alive Again, Matt Maher's second release on Essential Records, solidifies his emergence as a recognized worship artist. It also highlights his ability as a songwriter. He is best known as the author of "Your Grace is Enough," which appeared on his Essential debut, Empty and Beautiful.

Maher is one who believes in songs born out of community. These songs were written with Jason Ingram, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, up-and-coming writer/vocalist Audrey Assad, Mark Byrd and Mia Fieldes (Hillsong). I appreciate the honesty and vulnerability in some of the lyrics.

Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Maher has gone from full-time ministry at his home church in Mesa, Arizona to leading worship around the world.

That is not to say that Alive Again is just the typical fare found on modern worship recordings. There are songs like "Shout of the King," a driving anthem that would be right at home on a Chris Tomlin recording. But you also find a more than average variety of styles. Maher sings with a Bruce Springsteen-like swagger on "Hold Us Together," which with its sing-a-long chorus could pass for a folk anthem. The plainspoken sentiments about love make it a song that I can imagine the Boss singing.

"Remembrance" is a communion song with lyrical depth and an ethereal sound that highlights the mystical aspect of the rite. The stripped-down, all-acoustic sound on "Letting Go" fits perfectly with its theme of relinquishing all. The quiet, gentle nature make this one of my favorites.

"You were on the Cross" is a stark song of lament from the perspective of someone who is in the winter of discontent. Yet when life falls apart, it still has the faith to direct the hard questions to God: Where were you when ...?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JTS on May 3, 2011
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This is my first experience with Matt Maher, and all I can say is that this man has God's anointing on his music. My personal favorites are "Rememberance" and of course. "Christ Is Risen". If you are looking for Christian music that makes you wonder if the artist is singing to God, or maybe his girlfriend, this album is not for you. If you are looking for an anointed worship and praise album, you would be hard pressed to find one better than Alive Again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Wesley, Terry Wesley on January 5, 2014
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I bought Matthew Maher's album Alive Again because of the song "Christ Has Risen". I love this album and intend on buying more of his songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calogero Fanara on March 26, 2012
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Here's an artist that surprised me after I listened to his music one day on a radio. His songs grabbed so much that I decided to buy his album. Here's what I call inspired Christ-centered songwriting with very nice and professional arrangements. My favorite tracks are "Love comes down" and the powerful life-breathing "Christ is risen". But all the songs on this album are very nice. And that's what makes this album very personal if you wanna know who Matt Maher is and why he sings what he sings. What was surprising to me is the fact that his songs sound so evangelical and Bible-centered that I would've never guessed he was a roman catholic! I do hope to listen to other Catholic artists with same Christ-centered music and faithfulness to the biblical truths. I higly recommend this album to everyone. Why 4 and not 5 stars? Because perfection doesn't abide this world ;-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth on May 11, 2011
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I had heard the song "Christ Is Risen" on the radio & immediately wanted to do that song a a special for our church's Easter Program. I bought the entire album & there is not any song that is not great!!!! Matt really makes you think about your walk with God & inspires you to keep improving on your relationship with HIM!!!!
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