Re:Creation is one of the well-known Christian singer's most ambitious works in a 20-plus-year career. Three years after losing their daughter Maria, Chapman and his wife finally felt that they could move forward in their journey of healing. This album plays out that journey emotionally as Chapman delivers five new recordings and complete rearrangements of his eight biggest hits to date. Songs like "Dive," "Live Out Loud," and "For the Sake of the Call," known for their big production, are stripped down to their barest essentials and brought back with new instrumentation and new life. "Magnificent Obsession" shines in totally new ways. As Chapman belts out, "This is everything I want, this is everything I need," you get the feeling these words mean more to him than they did ten years prior when his landmark Declaration album first hit the airwaves. The original songs are just as strong, from the catchy first single "Do Everything" to the laid-back island vibe of "Long Way Home." In true Chapman form, the singer invites all to join along with him in this triumphant next chapter of a career that has gone "deeper" than nearly any other artist in contemporary Christian history.
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AllMusic Review by Jared Johnson