MercyMe, "The Generous Mr. Lovewell"

4.5

From the buoyant opener "This Life" to the brief but eloquent closer "This So Called Love," MercyMe's sixth studio album, "The Generous Mr. Lovewell," is a beautifully executed set that celebrates how the power of love can change the world. Mr. Lovewell is a fictitious character (inspired by the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album) who "wakes up every day the same/Believing he's gonna make a change/Never wonders if but when." Musically, the title track is a breezy Fab Four-esque number, and it lyrically anchors the album's central theme of making a difference through acts of love and kindness. The edgy "Move" acknowledges life's obstacles, but looks ahead to brighter days. And the anthemic lead single, "All of Creation," is a hit at Christian radio, where MercyMe has been spearheading promotions that reward listeners who demonstrate the album's theme. Music with a message has never sounded lovelier.-Deborah Evans Prince