The best praise and worship albums make the listener feel as though they are right in the middle of a church worship experience. "The Greatest Love" is one of those jewels.

The best praise and worship albums make the listener feel as though they are right in the middle of a church worship experience. "The Greatest Love" is one of those jewels. Recorded live at the Oasis Christian Center in Los Angeles, this is one smile-inducing set. The songs are a uniformly strong bunch, marked by great vocals and inventive arrangements. What makes this such an enjoyable collection is the diversity of musical styles, which ranges from funky, soulful praise to soaring pop. "Child of the King," penned by Shunna Jones-Moreno and Dave Hummel, is a powerful anthem with a gorgeous chorus. "Magnify the Lord" is a hard-groovin' romp. There is also a potent cover of well-known worship leader Darlene Zschech's "My Hope." With so much joy and spirit captured on this CD, don't be surprised if you find yourself wishing for an Oasis Christian Center in your own backyard.—DEP

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