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Wright Takes Inventive Approach on Kingdom Come

I’ve always wondered why the prolific, hard-working Paul Wright wasn’t blowing up. I love his inventiveness, his quirky individuality, and now with his latest, Kingdom Come, I love his approach to worship.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • January 04, 2008 |
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David Crowder: Left of Center

David Crowder Band’s latest release, Remedy, is incredibly well thought out, each part serving a purpose. This even includes the packaging’s green coloring, reinforcing believers taking an active role in being responsible with and the care of creation.

Australian, Americana Influences Mark Imperfection

Fort Pastor mixes Australian and Americana influences, a rootsy world vibe courtesy of the didgeridoo and other acoustic wind instruments, and intuitive rhythms to come up with thirteen magnetic songs on Beautiful Imperfection.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • December 31, 2007 |
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Shane & Shane: Friends & Family

With six releases to their name, Shane & Shane have hit their stride. Yet, while there’s much to talk about, having just released a new album to critical acclaim, the duo find themselves discussing the building blocks of their ever-strengthening faith.

  • Lindsay Williams |
  • December 28, 2007 |
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Air Proves Becker's Only Gotten Better

It is ridiculously easy to like Margaret Becker’s 13th album, especially if you thought that time might have caused her to lose her edge. If anything, she has only gotten better.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • December 26, 2007 |
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New Noise: Bradley Hathaway, A Dream Too Late and More

Bradley Hathaway is releasing his first solo album of music without a record label. Though folk in nature, this isn’t exactly what I would call run-of-the-mill from a sonic singer/songwriter standpoint. Read more about Hathaway and other up-and-comers that are worth checking out in this edition of New Noise.

Blaze's Composer Chops Shine on Waiting

Barry Blaze’s supple vocals have always been an expressive strength, but it’s his composer chops that shine on Patiently Waiting. His tight percussion and fresh rhythms kick up the energy level on this worship project.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • December 21, 2007 |
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Christmas Wrap-Up

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! We here at CCM want to give you the heads-up on a few of our favorite Christmas albums this year. We made a list and we’re checking it twice—so there’s a little something for everybody!

More Straightforward Rock on Kids' Masquerade

Current fans of Kids in the Way should be very pleased with the band’s latest offering, A Love Hate Masquerade. Returning to form, the band offers another fine collection of straightforward rock songs with pop sensibilities.

Sara Groves: Pray Tell

Sara Groves has always challenged listeners with her perspective on life, relationships and the kingdom of God. And her new album, Tell Me What You Know—which hit stores last month—is no exception.

Favorites and Two New Tracks on Newsboys’ Hits

The Greatest Hits gives listeners the opportunity to pick up new Newsboys favorites from previous albums—Thrive and Go, projects more popular than their two worship albums, Adoration and Devotion.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • December 11, 2007 |
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Talent Is the Star on Watts' Happening

For all the cameos and collaborations on Watts Happening, Ohmega Watts’ talent is still the star. His melodic ability to blend head-nodding, horn-based funk with international percussion and left-field, bass heavy minimalism makes his latest a sonic feast.

  • Anthony Barr-Jeffrey |
  • December 10, 2007 |
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Extras Make Red’s Silence Worthwhile

Special Features on Red’s End of Silence Deluxe Edition include: the video for “Breathe into Me,” a behind-the-scenes documentary, a Photo Montage set to a studio track and some fun tour videos from the road. In the end, this edition won’t disappoint.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • December 07, 2007 |
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As I Lay Dying: The Sound of Truth

The way Project 86’s Andrew Schwab sees it, As I Lay Dying is “the template for those who would follow.” This in mind, Schwab donned his guise as a mild-mannered reporter for CCM Magazine and delivered this insightful story.

Pretty & The Plain Full of Old Soul Flavor

The Pretty & The Plain, soul-stirring and full of heart, should only increase JJ Heller’s ministry opportunities. With an intriguing quality of the past to it, her music has an old soul flavor that is more prominent in this sophomore offering.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • December 04, 2007 |
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Maturity on Display in Sarah Masen EP Collection

The latest project from singer/songwriter Sarah Masen showcases a maturity she has developed both spiritually and lyrically. Sixteen songs on three EPs: Magic That Works, History of Light and Shadows and Women’s Work Is Alchemy comprise her first release in six years.

  • Jonathan Isaac Harms |
  • December 03, 2007 |
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Big Band, Sizzling Vocals Flavor Adams' Time

Yolanda Adams really cuts loose on What a Wonderful Time, revealing her sizzling, soaring vocal skills on this, her second album of Christmas music. She’s got a big band sound behind her, and together they make this one of the year’s most interesting holiday projects.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • November 30, 2007 |
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Demon Hunter’s Storm Explodes with Metal Thunder

The latest onslaught from metal favorite Demon Hunter opens with an explosion of thrash metal thunder and a torrential downpour of screaming vocals, guitars and speed drumming that rivals anything this genre has seen or heard in years.

Snow Shimmers with Signature Relient K Humor

Relient K’s 14 various prior outings makes any wise music lover run toward a new project of any kind. The good news is that Let It Snow … Let It Reindeer overflows with all the signature humor, harmonies, and style that we have come to expect.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • November 27, 2007 |
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