Sounds like … Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Mark Schultz, Jason Mraz, tobyMac, and other singers with a knack for catchy pop/rockAt a glance … a pop songwriter at heart, Matthew West sometimes lets his accessibility and radio-friendliness get in the way of what he truly has to say on his fourth albumTrack Listing Intro Something to Say The Motions You Are Everything The Center Save a Place for Me Life Inside You Safe and Sound Moment of Truth Friend in the World All the Broken Pieces Stop the World

Just when it seemed like Christian music couldn't make any more room for another radio darling, singer/songwriter Matthew West came from out of nowhere and scored one of the most played songs of 2004 with his debut single "More." His odds of becoming so popular on the airwaves seemed slim with veterans like Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day still dominating radio at the time, while up-and-comers Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin were just beginning their rise to superstardom.

West still beat the odds and "More" became a huge hit. By comparison, his first two albums—Happy and History—didn't leave quite the same mark, but West toiled dutifully and gradually rose among the Christian pop ranks, charting more radio singles ("The Next Thing You Know," "Only Grace"), while continuing to lend his pen to the likes of Rascal Flatts, Natalie Grant, and Mandisa.

Yet just as West got done signing a new record deal with Sparrow Records—the same label that distributed his first two albums on Universal South—and prepped for the recording of his third project, things grew awfully quiet for him … literally. He was diagnosed with vocal cord polyps, a condition that forced doctors to recommend surgery and a period of complete silence for the singer.

It was a trying experience, and one that could have provided great spiritual insight and perspective for a new album. Curiously, none of it is specifically reflected in Something to Say. West says the material was already written before he was ordered to keep silent, but it's still somewhat disappointing that this trial didn't spur additional material to relay his experience and tie in with the theme of the album title. Instead, a good chunk of Something to Say hinges on general anthems about God and the Christian walk, plus a few left-of-center surprises.

The first of those surprises is "Life Inside of You," a story song about a young pregnant girl and a boy with addictions who are about to make tough choices about their future. Sounds like a heady subject matter, but West avoids taking Mark Schultz's power ballad route, instead setting his characters against a bouncy, pop/rock arrangement. It's an interesting juxtaposition of style and substance, but one that totally makes sense in the grand scheme of West's repertoire—he's a pop songwriter at heart.