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Spur58's "Sleepwalkers" Interesting, But Imitative

Though well-crafted and musically interesting, most of "Sleepwalkers" tends to slide into formulaic praise songs imitative of more experimental works by Delirious and David Crowder.

  • Brian Quincy Newcomb |
  • March 05, 2007 |
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Flyleaf: Artfully Alive

Many artists of faith in the mainstream music scene let their music do all the talking. Flyleaf is not one of those Christian bands. And no band has generated more buzz in the faith-rock continuum during the last year than these post-hardcore/metal champs.

"One Zero" a Raw, Acoustic Offering

"One Zero (Acoustic)," Derek Webb’s newest album, reveals the heart of one of Christian music’s most lyrical songwriters. The album disrobes 10 songs from Webb’s last four solo projects down to a raw, acoustic offering.

Siblings Make Music on "Brothers Martin" Debut

When Ronnie Martin of the electro-pop synth band Joy Electric and his brother Jason of indie great Starflyer 59 said they were going to make a record together and call themselves “The Brothers Martin,” fans got excited to see what they might come up with.

Favorite Hymns Have Freshness on "Amazing Grace"

"Amazing Grace: Timeless Hymns of Faith" calls together recordings by prominent worship leaders and popular artists in an effort to breathe musical freshness into some of our favorite hymns.

The New Music Revolution

Believe it or not, there was a day in the not too distant past when bands and solo artists would use the United States Postal Service to send newsletters to their fans. What a difference a decade makes.

  • John J. Thompson |
  • February 23, 2007 |
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Norma Jean: What's in a Name?

When Norma Jean’s new album, "Redeemer" (Solid State), was released, the Christian music community took notice. How could it not - "Redeemer" was its No. 1-selling record.

Sonicflood Takes Safe Route on "Glimpse"

A live worship recording is a golden opportunity. It’s the chance to expand on a song in a live setting, allowing it to become something new “in the moment.” But on "Glimpse," worship band Sonicflood plays it safe and falls short.

  • Jackie A. Chapman |
  • February 20, 2007 |
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Orrico's "Awakening" Unveils Sophisticated Soul, R&B Sounds

Stacie Orrico's anticipated follow-up, "Beautiful Awakening," released solely in the general market last month and leans toward a radio-ready direction. The 19-year-old has grown leaps and bounds personally, while unearthing more sophisticated soul and R&B arrangements.

  • Timothy Wilkerson |
  • February 19, 2007 |
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Notes on Disharmony: Music in the Church

In 1995, Colson predicted the blossoming argument over worship styles might split the church. Looking back, has it?

Manafest Improves Rap-Rock Blend on "Glory"

Certainly the whole rap-rock "thing" has been done numerous times, but while many of these projects make the style feel completely overdone, "Glory" is at least an enjoyable endeavor into the genre.

  • Brenten Gilbert |
  • February 15, 2007 |
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Lessons From a Dixie Chick

Ones to Watch: Soul P.

Soul P. has had the kind of life that would make a hit Hollywood film. He grew up on the streets of Seattle and had a tough home life. At age 17, found himself in a church amazed to hear people rapping about the love of God.

Cash's Final Release Provides Glance Into Soul

I imagine that parting words sound a lot like a Johnny Cash song. In his final release, the Man in Black provided a glance into his soul in what would be his final four months of life.

Worship as Refuge

Worship leader John Chisum explores the benefits that come when we remember, recite and take refuge in worship.

Chris Tomlin's "See The Morning"

After 15 years of writing songs for the church, Tomlin’s new 11-track album shows joy remains possible even in the messiness of life. Praise to God is not just for life’s prosperous seasons—it’s a constant way of living with hope.

Ones to Watch: Spur58

Named for a road near their hometown, Spur58 is a five-piece band that combines melodic guitar and piano driven pop/rock with honest, accessible lyrics. Their national debut, "Sleepwalkers," released in the fall.

Wide-Ranging Influences Mark Inhale Exhale's "Lost"

"The Lost, the Sick, the Sacred" combines blistering guitars, strong melodic sensibilities, guttural screams and progressive arrangements in a formula that references a wide range of modern and classic influences and, yet, sounds completely original unto itself.

  • John J. Thompson |
  • February 04, 2007 |
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