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The Ascension

September 24, 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Fair Trade/Columbia
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  • Total Length: 48:49
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  • ASIN: B00F878LMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,196 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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He has such a great voice, writing talent and musical ability.
I love that Phil Wickham writes all his own music and he is an amazing singer and musician.
R. Wilson
This new album is just as good as all the others that have come before.
matt zigner

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 7, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Prime Cuts: The Ascension, When My Heart is Torn Asunder, Tears of Joy

Wickham embarks on an unforgettable pilgrimage with his latest record "The Ascension." Just as his 2007's "Cannons" was a concept album inspired by C. S. Lewis' "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," "The Ascension" finds its muse in the Psalms of Ascents. The Psalms of Ascents consisting of Psalm 120 to 134 are pilgrimage songs sung by Jews while they were making pilgrimages to Israel's great festivals from the diaspora in various countries. Thus, just as these songs from the Psalter are anticipatory paeans written to prepare our hearts to meet with God, likewise are the 11 songs here in Wickham's "The Ascension." Further, it has been proposed by the Talmud that there is a distinct connection between the 15 Songs of Ascents to the 15 steps of the temple, as recorded in Ezek. 40:26 and 31. Rabbis of old have long suggested that these psalms were sung by the Levites as the priest made their way down each step of the temple from the court of the Israelites to the court of the women. Each psalm was correspondingly sung with each step taken by the priests. Just as each Psalm was contemplative and meditative, each of these 11 cuts on Wickham's latest effort are too.

Though God no longer dwells in a physical temple built with bricks and mortar, He lives now with His people who have gathered to worship. "The Ascension" consists of songs written for God's people to sing when they gather for worship; this is essentially Wickham's first worship record to date. And it comes under the tutelage of famed producer Peter Kipley who has helmed some of the finest records by Shane and Shane, Matthew West and Everfound.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Cheng on October 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Fans of Phil Wickham might well have been tided over by last year's release of the excellent 'Singalong 2' from the San Diegan singer/songwriter, but what everyone has been waiting for since 'Cannons' slipped under the radar and became a surprise hit, spawning one of the most popular anthems of recent years, was for Phil to get back in the studio and come out with the next big thing. Phil, since the aforementioned 'Cannons,' has undoubtedly become one of the biggest contemporary Christian singers of our generation, and has remained very active over the last several years, with two live acoustic albums, (released initially for free, to boot) and a Christmas album in between trips to the studio.

I've listened to Phil Wickham's sixth studio album, 'The Ascension,' probably over a dozen times since its release and I am still searching for words to describe my feelings of wonder and exhilaration at the first listen. I don't want to get ahead of myself just yet, but I'll preface the rest of the review by saying that I don't think there is a singular 'anthem' that is as iconic as 'Cannons' is- maybe there will never be. However, this is easily one of the best worship albums of the last several years, up there for me with Bethel Music's 'The Loft Sessions,' and in my humble opinion, Phil's greatest work to date.

'The Ascension,' while not in the strictest sense a concept album, has a fantastic theme that is elaborated in the first, and title track. It is about a pursuit of the Lord that takes us to higher heights and to places that we've never seen or conceived in our imagination, the place of greater joy and greater glory. As the song opens, an electric guitar and angelic sounding 'oooh's' also give you a glimpse of what the rest of the album is going to sound like.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Davis TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 18, 2013
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Phil Wickham has breathed several new worship anthems into the Church, like "Always Forever," "You're Beautiful," "Cannons," "Because of Your Love" and "At Your Name (Yahweh, Yahweh)." We sing all of those songs at my church on a regular basis, and I was excited to hear Phil's latest offering, The Ascension.

The lead single from the album is "This Is Amazing Grace," which is another song for the Church. The song references that we are God's sons and daughters. That is one of the truths we can cling to as believers. That's an example of God's amazing grace. In our fallen and sinful tendencies, He still thinks of us as His children, His sons and His daughters if we've accepted Jesus as our substitute and Savior. God views us "white as snow" through the blood of His son instead of in our dirty states. That alone is cause for celebration. The bridge is a glimpse of Heaven and what followers of Jesus will be singing for eternity. If you have put all of your hope and trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation, one day you'll be singing with a loud, celebratory voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, Worthy is the King who conquered the grave!" Amen to that!

I've been listening to the song leading up to hearing the whole album The Ascension, and I love where the song is placed in the order of songs on the album. I feel like the preceding songs, “The Ascension,” “Holy Light” and “Carry My Soul” build up to this celebratory moment on the album. The song "This Is Amazing Grace" kind of reaches a crescendo, and anchors down one of the adoration and celebration moments in the context of the other songs.

The album is based on the Psalms of Ascent.
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