The Noise We Make

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The Noise We Make
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Studio album by Chris Tomlin
Released March 1, 2001
Genre Worship
Label Sparrow/sixstep
Producer Nathan Nockels and Chris Tomlin
Chris Tomlin chronology
The Noise We Make
Not to Us
(2002)Not to Us2002

The Noise We Make is the first commercial solo release by Chris Tomlin through sixstepsrecords in 2001.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CCM Magazine 3/5 stars[1]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 squares[2]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4/5 stars[3]

The Noise We Make was generally well received by four music critics.

At Christianity Today, Russ Breimeier gave a positive review of the album, stating that "Contrary to other recent worship releases, The Noise We Make is a pretty good album, filled with mostly original praise songs and a few repeats."[4] In addition, Breimeier says that even "Though I can't rave about this first album, The Noise We Make offers enough to pique my interest for future songs and recordings from Chris Tomlin."[4] Mary Brows of Cross Rhythms rated the album nine squares out of ten, writing that "Each song is excellent" because it "powerfully stimulates" her faith and calling it "A must for every CD library!"[2] Also, Brows states that Tomlin's "debut album has a wonderful sound, ranging from intimate worship to vigorous praise, celebration and love to our Creator."[2] At CCM Magazine, Mike Fernandez rated the album three stars out of five, stating that it is "an impressive debut" from Tomlin because it "sonically sounds better with each listen."[1] Furthermore, Fernandez writes that "On The Noise We Make, there are songs to sing along with and there are songs to contemplate."[1] Zik Johnson of The Phantom Tollbooth rated the album four out of five tocks, saying that it is "as a professional, well-produced project suitable for personal worship times and group settings."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Noise We Make" Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin 4:23
2. "Forever" Tomlin 5:14
3. "Kindness" Louie Giglio, Reeves, Tomlin 4:21
4. "America" Jack Parker, Tomlin, J.D. Walt 4:48
5. "The Wonderful Cross" (featuring Matt Redman) Tomlin, Walt, Isaac Watts 7:08
6. "Captured" Joel Hanson 4:26
7. "Be Glorified" Giglio, Reeves, Tomlin 3:53
8. "Happy Song" Martin Smith 3:19
9. "Need You Now" Parker, Tomlin 4:06
10. "This is Our God" Reeves, Tomlin 5:35
11. "Forever" (Radio remix) Tomlin 4:12
12. "We Fall Down" (Live from Botswana) Tomlin 3:28
Total length: 54:53



  • Lead vocals: Chris Tomlin
  • Acoustic guitars: Chris Tomlin, Jack Parker and Nathan Nockels
  • Acoustic guitar on "Captured" and "This is Our God": Rivers Rutherford
  • Electric guitars, bluegrass section: Gary Burnette
  • Bass guitar: Pat Malone
  • Drums: Steve Brewster
  • Keyboards, harmonica: Nathan Nockels
  • Backing vocals: Chris Tomlin, Nathan Nockels and Christy Nockels
  • Singers on "Forever": Darwin Hobbs, Leanne Palmore and Jovaun Woods
  • Choir: Chris Tomlin, Nathan Nockels, Christy Nockels, Louie Giglio and J.D. Walt
  • Additional lead vocals on "The Wonderful Cross": Matt Redman


  • Produced by Nathan Nockels and Chris Tomlin
  • Executive Producer: Louie Giglio
  • Engineered by Aaron Swihart
  • Assistant Engineers: Chris Mara and Tim O'Dell
  • Recorded at The Dark Horse Recording Studio, Franklin, TN; Additional overdubs at Small Change Studios
  • Mixed by Tom Laune at Bridgeway Studios, Nashville, TN
  • Matt Redman's vocal recorded by Dave Lynch at ICC Studios, Eastbourne, England and produced by Les Moir
  • Photos: Debbie Porter Photography
  • Visuals: Origin Design; Houston, TX


  1. ^ a b c Fernandez, Mike (May 1, 2001). "Chris Tomlin: The Noise We Make (Sixsteps)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. p. 71. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Brows, Mary (July 1, 2001). "Review: The Noise We Make - Chris Tomlin". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Zik (February 17, 2001). "Tomlin, Chris - The Noise We Make". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Breimeier, Russ (March 1, 2001). "The Noise We Make". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on September 3, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Noise We Make - Chris Tomlin | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chris Tomlin - The Noise We Make (CD, Album) at Discogs". March 12, 2001. Retrieved May 13, 2014.