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Roots Run Deep with Sturdy Vocals and Classic Hymns

Roots Run Deep features familiar classics such as “Come Thou Fount,” “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” “I Need Thee Every Hour” and “Take My Life”—all supported by Jadon Lavik’s sturdy yet seemingly effortless vocals.

Edison Glass: The Art of Invention

The indie-rock of Edison Glass emerges once again, as the band continues on its ever-innovative journey—free of clichés—with Time Is Fiction, the follow-up to the band’s 2006 debut on Credential Recordings, A Burn or a Shiver.

  • Brian Quincy Newcomb |
  • April 16, 2008 |
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Born to Worship Commemorates Kelly’s Freedom

Sarah Kelly indicates that Born to Worship chronicles her journey away from “self-hatred and abuse.” It is because of this release that she is worshipping in true freedom, and many of the new songs commemorate just that.

McDonald’s Roots Runs in a Different Direction

Lyrically speaking, Roots is a reference to the spiritual theme dominant on Shawn McDonald’s latest—an exploration of the soul’s grounding in God. Still, you purchase a CD for the music, and Roots is hardly an apt description.

The Afters: Far from OK

The new album from The Afters, Never Going Back to Okay (INO/Columbia), serves as proof that the success of “Beautiful Love” was no fluke. If anything, it was only the beginning.

Top Worship Leaders Featured in Immerse

Integrity has gathered artists both long familiar (Darlene Zschech and Sara Groves) and introductory (Kari Jobe and Laura Story), and showcases their formidable talents on songs as new as today’s calendar on Immerse.

FLAME Continues Spewing Fire on Redeemed

Less than a year after shedding light on the world’s fall from grace with the apocalyptic Our World: Fallen, St. Louis rapper FLAME continues to spew fire with Our World: Redeemed, his fourth album on the Cross Movement label.

Firelight: Triumphant Healing

Rock outfit Fireflight had no idea its new album, Unbreakable (Flicker), would be so symbolic—weathering pressures of the dreaded “sophomore slump,” their front woman losing her voice, and the absolutely exhausting schedule of a new band trying to establish its identity.

Love Out Loud a Fine Return for Jaci Velasquez

Love Out Loud, Jaci Velasquez’ 13th record and debut release on her own Apostrophe Records label, should earn the popular pop artist a warm welcome back to the fold.

Switchfoot Frontman Goes Acoustic on Solo EPs

Jon Foreman isn’t a solo artist, but the well-known figure of Switchfoot. But after the mental shift, you’ll be glad you stuck around as Foreman’s solo turns on the first two of four planned EPs are absolutely brilliant.

Leeland: Opposites Attract

Following a stunning debut year, the band Leeland returns with a challenge to raise a new generation of worshippers. Sure,Opposite Way is just their latest. But for the band’s members, it carries meaning on multiple levels.

Metallo's Uneven Debut Showcases Multiple Genres

Alyce Metallo’s classical piano training shows through on her self-titled debut. Although uneven at times, it shows she can also handle a Latin samba, a jazz groove, or a techno track just as easily as an R&B song.

Gateway Offers Praise Mix to Wake Up the World

On their sophomore disc, Gateway Worship presents a nice mix of praise tracks: from the thundering rock of “New Doxology Anthem” to the gentle closing ballad “Beautiful.” The gamut of worship experiences is handled with ease.

The Passion in Music

This Easter, Christians owe it to themselves to become better acquainted with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Part and the other art inspired by the Passion—art that can help us transcend the doubt and nihilism of our age.

Rush of Fools: Do the Right Thing

Since answering the call to music ministry, the members of Rush of Fools have seen their lives drastically change as they quickly went from aspiring musicians to one of Christian music’s hottest new groups with the hit single “Undo.”

  • Deborah Evans Price |
  • March 19, 2008 |
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Michael English Returns with The Prodigal

For Michael English’s first studio album in eight years, Curb Records called on some of the big guns—including producer Mark Miller and songwriter Neil Thrasher. That aside, the project comes across as extremely honest as well.

Addison Road’s Simple Lyrics Might Bore

Most of the 10 tracks on Addison Road are upbeat anthems of exhortation and encouragement. Lyrics are simple and direct, which is fine for concert sing-a-longs, but those looking to dig into more heady territory might be bored.

Kirk Franklin: Fight the Good Fight

With a new album, a new media company, and a new film in the works, Kirk Franklin is a bonafide multimedia juggernaut—but the R&B legend isn’t ashamed to admit he still needs to keep his priorities straight.

Confidence Comes Across on Jamgochian’s Noise

Worship leader Jaime Jamgochian’s Above the Noise comes across as very confident in every way, even bringing to mind comparisons with significant classic worship artist Twila Paris.

Pillar Wears Faith Well in For the Love

Pillar is unabashedly unashamed of their place in the Christian music industry, and they aren’t afraid to wear their faith as they call on listeners to do the same in For the Love of the Game.

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