Paul Baloche “The Same Love” Review and HUGE Giveaway

March 7, 2012 — 18 Comments

Paul Baloche “The Same Love”

Paul Baloche’s New album “The Same Love” Releases next Tues amongst lofty acclaim and in my opinion some very baffling reviews. Yes the general consensus is that it is brilliant, but I have heard too many people state that Paul is intentionally trying to not sound like…Paul.

I am a huge fan of guys like Steven Curtis Chapman that year after year, decade after decade, can change their sound based on where we are sonically in the times. People who are always trying to push the limits.

“There are a lot of songs about the Cross on this record. People are almost apologetic about it, and yet I feel challenged not to shrink from it. Our tendency is to make our language inclusive and seeker friendly. And I get that, but we also need songs that point to the truth of the new covenant.” – Paul Baloche

Paul loves to push the boundaries lyrically. He has always veered towards making songs the church could use, keeping them in the current style, but not watering down the gospel.

The only issue I have seen though is his studio recordings never captured the brilliance and anointing that came from Paul Live. I have heard many times from friends who were not fans of the CD’s but then saw Paul live and were blown away. In the past I felt the same way. There was something about the production that gave us only a “piece of Paul”. We lost the “living room” atmosphere that Paul loves to speak on.

2 weeks ago I received “The Same Love” and I exhaled one word. “FINALLY”
This is the CD from Paul I have been waiting for. Arguably the most influential worship songwriter of our time will release next tues his best CD that he has ever recorded.

Paul is joined by co-writers like Jason Ingram, Ben Gowell, Ed Kerr, All Sons & Daugters, Brothers McClurg, Lincoln Brewster, Kari Jobe and more.  Paul is the master of the co-write with many of his greatest hits written with Brenton Brown and this album illustrates more of that gifting.

Songs like “Your Blood Ran down” bring us into deep communion with the sacrifice Christ made on the Cross. It is gripping in it’s simplicity.

Of course the Title track is a knockout and a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

I used to go track by track, but honestly there is not a bad song on this CD.

I want to highlight a few more though.

“king of heaven”, co-written with Jason Ingram is earthy and almost reminiscent of a Gungor track. What’s not to like about Baloche and a banjo!

“Christ the Lord” will become the next great Easter song for the church.

“Oh Our Lord”, co-written with All Sons & Daughters is brilliant track lifting up the name of Jesus. “we reach for you;we cling to you Oh Lord”. I will be introducing this song very soon in my church.

Paul also covers “Just Say” which was Co-written with Bros. McClurg. I loved this song on their CD, but it is even better done by Paul.

Paul captures an intimate worship feel on many tracks and gives us the much sought after living room feel. There are many anthem songs on here as well that will make their way into church set list rotation everywhere soon.

Let me end with this: This is the Paul Baloche CD I have been waiting for. The Production is perfect and the writing is nothing less than remarkable.

If you are a Baloche fan you will love this album. If you are a worship leader you will spend many thoughts trying to decide if it’s ok to introduce all of these songs to your church next week. If you have never heard of Paul, GET WITH THE PROGRAM! If you have never been into Paul’s stuff keep in mind what I said above. This is the CD to listen to so jump in head first and worship along side one of the greatest.


Because This CD is so great I am going to be giving away 3 copies of the digital cd, digital experience, and physical CD.

I have added a widget below to make it simple.

YOU MUST COMMENT BELOW.. tell me the baloche song that has ministered to you most over the years.

Then click the green button in the widget. There are many chances to have entries in to the random drawing so click the green button and tweet, like, and subscribe to RSS for entries to win these.

The Deadline is Sat at Midnight… so spread the word and get on it!!! “YOU MUST HAVE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENTS”


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this CD free from Integrity Music to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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18 responses to Paul Baloche “The Same Love” Review and HUGE Giveaway

  1. It’s hard to pick just one Baloche song since so many come from a place of authenticity, scripture, and with a heart toward the church. But since I have to pick one, I’ll say “Our God Saves.”
    Chris Gambill´s last blog post ..Worshiping Together: 3/4/12

  2. Darren A. Jones March 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    My favorite Baloche song is “Hosanna (Praise is Rising)”. I only learned it a couple years ago, but I’ve really enjoyed doing it at church.

  3. Joel — wow – great question. I have to go with Open the Eyes of My Heart. It’s not my all time favorite by Paul, but it is easily the one I identify with my change of heart to pursue music, leading worship, and ultimately making a transition in my life to someone who truly wanted to pursue Jesus with all that He has made me as one who has inherited a spirit of sonship through His sacrifice for me. I appreciate your review so much because you’ve truly hit the nail on the head about this album having captured the “relational leadership” that Paul models so well. Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway and God’s blessings on your continued ministry!!

  4. Hossana “Praise is Rising” is my favorite from Baloche songs. I love the part ” When we see you we find strength to face the day, in your presence all our fears are washed away”. Just touches my heart:)

  5. Praise Adonai is my favorite and gets me joyful every time.

  6. darrin opdycke March 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I would say for my favorite it would be a “Greater Song” . So many times I’ve come back to it in preparing for a set.

  7. Joel Whitaker March 7, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Offering. By far. Its such a great song that I’ve been singing for years.

  8. For me it’s ‘Above All’. Just to be reminded time and time again of the reason Jesus came to this earth, to be crucified for our sins – He paid it all for us.

  9. I am a poor ($$) worship leader and would love, love, love to receive this CD!! How cool! I do really love Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) as was listed above because it is an excellent call to worship. But I must say that my favorite Paul Baloche song is “How Great Is The Love.” I appreciate the focus on the cross, the chorus is easy to sing, and it pleasing melodically. “Jesus, faithful King, Lord with grateful hearts we sing… how great is the love, how great is the love, of our Savior…” It is so beautiful.
    Andrea Bressler´s last blog post ..2011 theme verse = Jeremiah 29:11

  10. Great choices!! I love “offering” especially when done at christmas

    @andrea – I sure know what it’s like to be a poor worship leader. thanks for stopping by.

    For those of you who commented on the blog but forgot to push the green button in the widget… I added you in to the running in the widget itself…

    Remember you can click the green button for more chances to win!

  11. “You Have Been So Good” co-written with Sara Groves is a song that has really gripped me. It’s also a song that not many seem to know about 🙂 But, the simple lyrics are profound and resonate deeply. The other thing I love about Paul is that he’s so down to earth as well. Thanks for spreading the word, Joel!
    Ryan Egan´s last blog post ..I Love You More Than Ministry

  12. Wow, how do I pick just one?!

    Lemme go with “Hallelujah To My King” (in the ‘Our God Saves’ album), it never fails to move me…and it’s always worked great when I lead worship too!

    Thank you Joel for this opportunity, especially ‘cos we get new releases very late in India!
    Gangai Victor´s last blog post ..37 Meaningful Worship Songs for Lent

  13. To Paul’s surprise and amusement (every time I’ve mentioned it he seems puzzled) one of my all-time faves is “Your Name!”.

  14. Tough choice. I’m going to go with Hosanna (Praise Is Rising), especially since I just wrote about it on the Gospel Coalition blog. I find myself humming and singing that one all the time.

    But “Your Will” is right up there too.

    So many good ones. And his book “God Songs” is one of my favorites.

  15. For me, there are two songs and I really couldn’t choose – Hosanna and Your Name. I use many in worship sets, but those are two on my playlist that I go to when I need to sink into my own private worship time….

  16. @bobby… I love “god songs” a great book for sure!

  17. @fred… really? he is surprised about “your name” hmm odd.. amazing song!

  18. Oh, I meant to type “Your Name,” not “Your Will.” We’ve been doing “Your Name” at Sojourn — great song.

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