Audrey Assad’s new album begins with these incredible lyrics: “God on a cross/Who would have thought it?/This place looks nothing like Eden/There is no death here in the ruins/This is the land of the breathing.” These five phrases sweep you into an album that doesn’t just speak volumes during the Easter season; they give you words to process, wrestle with, and sing during times of worship throughout your day.
This album is so beautiful, not simply because of the soaring melodies and expansive soundscape but because Audrey Assad isn’t afraid to take us into the grief of deconstructing her faith while embracing her honest doubts. This struggle of authentically searching for Jesus leads to some very authentic statements of worship.
From the opening lines of that first song, to the familiar words of The Joy of the Lord, to the compelling words found in Teresa: “So I reach out my hands to find you where you have been hiding/Maybe I’ll see you deep in the eyes of the dying,” this album provides the soundtrack so many of us need at this time in our life as we feel the emotions and draw to discover a deeper, richer, faith.
Audrey Assad’s Evergreen has been on constant repeat in my home, car, and earbuds and has given words and melodies to a season of life when I’ve needed them most. I encourage you to stream or purchase this album today.