Hear Us Say Jesus
- Friday, October 01, 2004
- Fall in Line
- Even When
- I Look Upon Your Hill
- We're Almost There
- Lay It Down
- Someday Go
- See The Rain (Go Away)
- Be My Salvation
- All in My Head
- Holes in His Hands
Just over a year ago, Oregon-based punk rockers Seven Places achieved a three-fold dream: They joined the Tooth and Nail label group, worked with producer Aaron Sprinkle and released their debut,
There've been a number of changes since the first album, including some shifts in the lineup (though its key nucleus remains intact). The sound has gone from high-octane pop/punk to more mature and melodic alternative rock. And, as the title of this new CD implies, there's more of an emphasis on ministry and evangelism. The lead cut "Fall In Line" repeats the line "here us say Jesus" multiple times, setting the thematic tone of the record. From there, Seven Places weaves thoughts of reaching the lost, affirming believers and admitting their own mistakes.
Musically, songs like "Even When" and "We're Almost There" glide with much tamer and more focused guitar patterns than past material, carried by husky harmonies and almost surf-worthy cheer. "I Look Upon Your Hill" features calm piano parts bathed in acoustic rhythms, while "Be My Salvation" melds an airy indie rock personality with an altar call-worthy prayer of forgiveness. For a group that could've easily copied MTV regulars like Simple Plan or Blink-182, this is a satisfying new direction that will prove to be much more beneficial in the long run.
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