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Agnew Spans the Gamut on Better Questions

In this era of digital singles and exclusive downloads, it’s not often that an artist releases a CD containing more than 10 or 12 tracks. But on Better Questions, Texas-bred singer/songwriter Todd Agnew unfurls 16 songs that span the gamut from praise & worship to R&B to straight-ahead rock & roll.

Third Day’s Second Chronology Continues High Quality

A sign of Essential Records’ commitment to Third Day and their fans is the continued high quality of Volume Two, following the very satisfying first installment, Chronology, Volume One (1996-2000). Listeners can count on another rewarding experience here.

BarlowGirl: Unfinished Business

Getting together their own business—vocational and emotional—is dawn breaking for BarlowGirl, and it’s giving them a new authority with which to offer a cup of cool water to suffering hearts on How Can We Be Silent.

Casting Crowns Exceeds Expectations on The Altar

When you’ve delivered great singles such as “Who Am I,” “Voice of Truth” and “Praise You in This Storm,” the arrival of a new album carries a high level of expectation. The good news is Casting Crowns once again meets and exceeds with The Altar and the Door.

  • Deborah Evans Price |
  • August 13, 2007 |
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Strong Voice But No Niche on Mandisa’s True Beauty

On Mandisa’s True Beauty debut, one thing’s for sure: this girl can sing. Her voice can fill any genre. However, the downfall is its hard to decipher her niche with such a wide range: from power ballads to R&B to gospel to hip-hop and beyond.

Neale’s No Greater Audience a Good Worship Reminder

On his latest disc, No Greater Audience, Dove Award-nominated worship pastor Michael Neale explains that the album title of his latest 13-track disc is a reminder of what, and Who, our worship is really about.

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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