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A Music Fan’s Guide to Christians in the General Market – Part 2

Just as the independent music scene has taught us that not all great records come from big record companies, this growing list (definitely not exhaustive) reminds us that not all artists who are believers are working in the Christian music industry.

Monk & Neagle Takes Two on The Twenty-First Time

Now landing at Reunion Records after Provident Music Group purchased Flicker Records, Monk & Neagle releases The Twenty-First Time, a project full of interpersonal narratives on a backdrop of memorable acoustic pop produced by Ed Cash.

HIStory Could Be The Cross Movement’s Final Bow

Some say that it’s best to retire when you’re at the height of your career. The Cross Movement, a flagship artist in faith-based hip-hop, may be taking that advice to heart by capping off its 10-year career with this year’s release, HIStory: Our Place in His Story.

Life Goes on in Rice’s What a Heart Is Beating for

What a Heart Is Beating for, Chris Rice’s sixth studio record, takes his previous album’s approach to the next level—in terms of literate snappy pop tracks that cover issues both romantic and spiritual. In other words, life.

A Fan’s Guide to Christians in the General Market – Part 1

Terminology, labels and marketing strategies aside, artists who are inspired and informed by a biblical perspective and a personal pursuit of God are challenging the presumptions of the past.

Familiar Sounds a Drawback on MxPx’s Eighth Project

MxPx’s eighth album continues the band’s typical style with catchy melodies and solid instrumentals. After a 15-year career, the band has successfully continued to keep the same sound it’s always had. However, this has a slight drawback.

McLaughlin’s Songwriting Shines in Indiana

While many of Indiana’s songs have spiritual nuances, the album contains mainly thoughtful tunes about life and love, showcasing Jon McLaughlin’s gift for penning beautiful word pictures married with gorgeous, accessible melodies and smooth vocals.

Message the Main Focus on Vineyard’s Stand

The second in the Playlist series, Vineyard Music’s Stand in Awe serves up eleven worship tracks, most of them true to the familiar Vineyard vein: very vertically oriented, lyrically articulate, and somewhat broad musically, which is to say they direct your attention more to the message than the music.

New Noise: Until June, The Fray and More

This month, Project 86 lead vocalist and lyricist Andrew Schwab shines the light on several bands and projects that are new and noteworthy: Until June, The Fray, Lovedrug, Page France and more.

Pocket Full of Rocks’ Manifesto Falls Short

As a follow-up to its highly acclaimed debut, Song to the King, as well as its two Dove nominations, the second project from Texan quintet Pocket Full of Rocks falls a little short.

  • Grace S. Cartwright |
  • July 23, 2007 |
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Classical Training Evident on After Edmund’s Debut

After Edmund comes out of nowhere with the modestly titled Hello—an introductory opus that may as well be their seventh. All five musicians are classically trained, a strength they put to good use on this knockout, accomplished debut.

Nicol Sponberg’s Resurrection Makes a Comeback

After Curb Records’ initial release of Nicol Sponberg’s 2004 sophomore album, Resurrection, kicked back four hit radio singles, including a mainstream AC smash, they decided to reissue it with the addition of a remixed track and bonus cut.

Winds of Change: Festival of Faith & Music

With a mission to be “agents of renewal in the academy, church and society,” Calvin College provided conversation for more than 1,200 attendees at this year’s Festival of Faith & Music, hosting lectures, roundtables, showcases and concerts over two days.

More Worth Saying on Shust’s Whispered and Shouted

Audiences who enjoyed Shust’s debut album will love this new collection. On Whispered and Shouted, he makes the transition from promising newcomer to established artist and displays a depth of talent sure to keep him a force in the music community for years to come.

  • Deborah Evans Price |
  • July 16, 2007 |
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It’s Good Vs. Evil on Project 86's Rival Factions

Spider-Man is not the only one battling inner demons and the dark side of self this summer; we all are. Project 86 tackles the classic good vs. evil theme on Rival Factions, the band’s sixth full-length release and its most original and enjoyable album to date.

Greatest Hits Introduces dcTalk to a New Generation

In addition to sixteen tracks, dcTalk’s Greatest Hits serves up eleven of their most popular music videos. And while this disc doesn’t offer much to the established fan, it is just in time to bring music from an iconic band to a new generation.

Everyday Sunday: Waking to a Dream

Everyday Sunday’s latest album is one they have “dreamed of.” Yes, it’s something to be excited about. So are No. 1 radio singles such as “Wake! Wake Up!” and securing a slot on the main stage at this year’s Cornerstone Festival.

Emotional Spectrum Found Lacking on Do You Feel

The Rocket Summer’s previous release was a nearly flawless album with its only true pitfall being the lack of a broad emotional spectrum. Even the sad songs sounded happy, and unrealistically so. Unfortunately, with TRS’s latest, Do You Feel, this remains the same.

All of the Above Points Listeners Outside the Church

Songs on Hillsong United’s All of the Above don’t just include platitudes to God but confront the worshipper with challenges, as Hillsong United motivates a generation to seek justice and be Christ’s messenger outside church walls.

Former Hard Rocker Debuts Salvation Lights

Having walked away from his hard-rockin’ days with the Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies and then Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble, Mike Farris delivers the same exuberant edge to his INO debut and hits it right outta the park.

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