Make Me New
- reviewed by Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 3 Mar
- Without Your Love
- I'll Be a Fool
- Make Me New
- In This Place
- We Wait
- Grateful Heart
- Apple of My Eye
- Second Chance
- No More
It's been five years since husband wife/duo After the Chase released their self-titled debut, but Nathan (guitar, piano, vocals) and Jenna Strong (percussion, piano, vocals) have continued to chisel out their sound on the road since then. The Petaluma, California couple first rose to local fame as worship leaders before branching out into more full-fledged concert performances streaked with storytelling and dramatic accompaniment. All the while, the pair became mouthpieces for social justice and environmental awareness, themes that figure prominently into the Strongs' newest release.
The radio single "I'll Be a Fool" (which was #29 on the CRW charts as of early September) takes inspiration from
The trade off between worshipful expressions and personal reflections continues throughout "Second Chance," which is all about leaving baggage at the foot of the cross, while simultaneously rejoicing in the Lord's majesty. "We Wait" is the CD's primary mouthpiece for social equality, strewn with desperate cries of healing for the downtrodden. The tune also shows off Sabin's skillful production touches by starting off as a somber ballad before exploding with full band accompaniment beefed up by massive melodic layers.
Regardless of the topic tackled or stylistic framework, After the Chase took the proper time to cement their artistry, and are now certainly on par with the creative standards to find broader recognition through singer/songwriter circles and additional radio airplay.
For more information on After the Chase, visit www.afterthechase.com or www.myspace.com/afterthechase.