Whereas understated arrangements and moody music has urged quiet listening in the past, The Trumpet Child begs to be turned up. It may take a few spins to fully endorse Over the Rhine’s lighter side, but it is well worth the effort.
- October 12, 2007 |
The 3:16 Songs of Hope CD features a widely diverse group of artists singing gospel-related songs from their respective albums, with the exception of Jaci Velasquez, the only artist with two songs, one of which is a brand new release.
- October 11, 2007 |
Even with the MySpaces and PureVolumes of the world to help, finding your way past the labeled waters of the musical world can be frustrating. Diamonds in the rough are all around, yet most store shelves refuse to reveal them.
- October 09, 2007 |
Instead of giving fans a “best of” rehash, L.A. Symphony unearth a decade’s worth of b-sides, rarities, remixes and radio drops featuring all members past and present on Unleashed.
- October 08, 2007 |
Gleaned from three nights of worship with guest appearances from T-Bone and Chris Tomlin, and clocking in at 16 songs, A Deeper Level succeeds in bringing the live atmosphere to the personal setting of choice for Israel & New Breed fans.
- October 05, 2007 |
What stands out quickly on a first spin of The Glorious Revolution is the focused sense of mission. Yes, the Texas-based quartet known as Grey Holiday is having a good time, and so will you. But there’s something more happening here.
- October 04, 2007 |
Despite the numbers and the accolades, Casting Crowns crew will be the first to laugh at any notions of impending rock stardom. They are, they counter, merely following a clear calling for this season of life, however long it may last.
- October 02, 2007 |
It’s been three years since Steven Curtis Chapman’s last studio album, and This Moment is a welcome return by the artist who continues to set the standard for great pop music with a message.
- October 01, 2007 |
Building on two decent releases and 2005’s The Future, Mr. Del stays on trend with Platinum producer Drumma Boy (Young Jezzy) for some chart-topping minimalist crunk flavor on Hope Dealer.
- September 28, 2007 |
Jar of Clay’s Live Monsters captures the live experience of the band’s most satisfying and aggressive rock from the critically acclaimed Good Monsters project. The 24-mics deliver flawless sound quality, and the minimal post-production enhances the clarity even further.
- September 27, 2007 |
“We feel like we’ve definitely been overlooked when it comes to airplay on mainstream radio. We’re out to change that with Anthem for the Underdog,” says 12 Stones front man Paul McCoy. With a stable of radio-worthy cuts Anthem could very well prove that the third time around is indeed the charm.
With more of a stripped-down vibe than earlier projects, Paper Skin retains the intense passion and reflective power we’ve always appreciated in Kendall Payne. She thoughtfully examines issues of trust, relationships, and pain, always with a deep honesty overlooking none of life’s complexities.
For those waiting for a big Christian hip-hop “crossover” artist, the wait may well be over. With a fervor that’s undeniable, Red Cloud digs into his past as a former gang member to deliver the message of hope found on his third full-length album, Hawthorne’s Most Wanted.
- September 21, 2007 |
You may not realize you’ve heard Becki Ryan before, as she’s sung backup for Amy Grant, Clay Aiken and Hilary Duff, and even sings the theme song for NBC’s The Today Show. Yet Becki feels strongly that her true calling is to lead Christ followers in worship.
- September 20, 2007 |
While his name may not instantly ring a bell for pop and rock music fans, the mainstream R&B world is becoming more acquainted with J Moss all the time. After “We Must Praise” landed airplay on Urban AC radio, “I’m Not Perfect” from his recent release, V2, soon followed, making its way into the Top 20.
- September 18, 2007 |
The punk pop genre has been known, let’s face it, to lend itself to sophomoric behavior, repetitive beats, and a notable lack of imagination. But Eleventyseven’s sophomore release, Galactic Conquest, is decidedly un-sophomoric.
- September 17, 2007 |
After a 10-year recording hiatus, industry vet Rick Cua is back with a stellar, 12-song collection of rock worship anthems that capture the freshness of modern expressions of worship while staying true to his rock & roll roots.
- September 14, 2007 |
The Robbie Seay Band leads worship for several weekly gatherings at Houston’s Ecclesia Church, a ministry respected for its artful presentation of biblical truth. If this leads you to expect intelligent, innovative worship on their second disc, you’d be correct in your assumption.
- September 13, 2007 |