MercyMe, "The Generous Mr. Lovewell"

88 Billboard Rating

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

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