Four albums since his 1999 debut, Darwin Hobbs -- one of contemporary music's truly great vocalists -- seems capture an ever-deeper sense of who he is both artistically and spiritually each time out.

Four albums since his 1999 debut, Darwin Hobbs -- one of contemporary music's truly great vocalists -- seems capture an ever-deeper sense of who he is both artistically and spiritually each time out. "Worshipper," as its title implies, is aimed squarely at the modern church, with unabashed themes of praise and worship put to a multitude of musical grooves -- each of which seems Hobbs handles with a rare vocal prowess that makes the truly astounding seem almost effortless.

With hit-makers Israel and Aaron Lindsey co-writing and behind the board, Hobbs -- who also co-wrote four of the album's ten songs and took charge of its impressive vocal arrangements -- turns out both hooks and hallelujahs at a dizzying pace. "Lord We Rejoice" is an unbridled, get-up-and-dance exaltation. "Glorify Him," the album's first single, has an ultra-catchy Latin/funk groove as Hobbs bounces soaring improvisations off his sturdy vocal ensemble in dramatic call-and-response, while "Dwelling Place" displays Hobbs' masterful way with a strong ballad. "Worshipper" has all the markings of a career album.