REVIEW: P.J. Anderson – Mercy, Mercy

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I’ve been listening to PJ Anderson’s project, Mercy, Mercy, the last few days. As a worship leader, I’m always looking for new voices in the worship arts community, and PJ is newly on my radar.

With a fresh, yet familiar guitar-driven sound, and a unique, southern/country-infused voice, PJ brings us solid new songs for worship. With titles like Your “Mercy Is Alive,” “Mercy, Mercy,” “Your Grace Is Amazing,” “Your Name Is Mercy,” and “How Precious is Your Mercy,” you can feel the theme woven through the album. It’s a cry of closeness and intimacy with the Father, and thankfulness for His mercy and grace.

Standout tracks are:

Sons and Daughters” – this driving anthem is a declaration of identity. “Let us see ourselves as only You do.” Highly recommended for corporate worship.

Mercy, Mercy” – PJ’s country stylings shine through many of the songs on the album. Solid guitar picking combined with beautiful vocals and worshipful lyrics make this a favorite ballad.

We Adore You” – a variety of piano and synth-driven sounds propel this one. Just a tiny dash of slide guitar keeps this feeling right at home on this album. A song of praise, with lyrics like “We will sing Your glory/Jesus, we adore You,” this one might find its way into your Easter repertoire.

Your Presence is Power” – this one could be adapted into a big synth-driven anthem. Very celebratory and declarative song of praise that focuses on the power and life found in the work of Jesus on the cross.

Your Great Love” – an upbeat song that continues to emphasize the theme of identity found in the Father. This one could be adaptable for different age groups, especially on the younger end of the spectrum.

Your Name is Mercy” – this is probably my favorite song on the album. It sits in a nice groove brings in some nice organ layered in, and the lyrics are solid and focused on upward worship.

Your Grace Is Amazing” – a nice reworking of the classic Amazing Grace. A medium tempo groove, with an original chorus section that ties the old to the new, makes this a fun addition to the repertoire.

It Is Well With My Soul” – this is one of my favorite classic hymns, so I’m always intrigued by different versions. This one is an ambient, electric piano-driven interpretation that sticks mostly to familiar territory.

PJ Anderson’s Mercy, Mercy is a great album that I highly recommend for personal worship & group worship settings. Those who enjoy a more southern/country style will appreciate PJ’s vocal inflections as Nashville comes out in most of the songs. It was a pleasure to listen to, & I enjoyed the strong, lyrical theme that woven throughout the project. Many albums these days seem to be merely a collection of unrelated singles – Mercy, Mercy, however, lean strongly into the mercy, grace, and love of God.

 

Russ Hutto is a worship leader, author, and social media marketer based out of St. Simons Island, GA.