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Change the World

  • reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2005 1 May
  • COMMENTS
Change the World
Sounds like … piano and guitar-driven pop/rock that evokes Shaun Groves' style one moment and a more muscular version of Caedmon's Call the nextAt a glance … despite some spiritual clichés, Bush's music is passionate and charismatic lyrically and vocally, making Change the World well worth your time. Track Listing I Will Sing Change the World I Want to Know You More Take My Hand and Walk Stand Up and Fight Lean on Me Jealous Love Another Light My Life Is an Offering Pearl of Great Price

Before embarking on his musical journey, David Bush was an executive at a prestigious ice-cream company. And while his decision to leave probably didn't make sense to some, this father of four had something so important to say, it wouldn't leave time for a day job. "Some people in my life thought I was nuts," Bush says. "But I also received tremendous support from the people who knew me best. Ultimately, I just felt like God was opening doors of opportunity, and I just followed … his leading."

While Bush admits it "hasn't been a short journey," his songwriting has certainly paid off on Change the World, his third independent album. Steering away from the ballads he favored on his first two efforts, Bush ventures into more aggressive musical territory. We're not talking P.O.D. here, but definitely a stronger guitar presence with some fantastic showmanship, particularly on the stellar opening track "I Will Sing" and the catchy strains of "Stand Up."

Keeping the mood varied from beginning to end, Bush also effectively utilizes the piano for added emotional punch on the praise-oriented "I Want to Know You More" and the lush affirmation of God's love on "Lean on Me," a track you'd think was Shaun Groves singing if you weren't paying close enough attention.

And though the theme of "changing the world" can be clichéd, Bush rises above the usual sentiments, with the exception of this verse on the title track: "You should be looking out for yourself, she said/Checking her make-up/You keep tryin' to put a band-aid around a world/determined to break up/Swimming against a tide of misery/Destined to live a life of futility." But that moment aside, the song breaks into a catchy chorus that could really serve as a thesis for the project: "Maybe you're right/Maybe I'm trying to change the world/Into something better/Wasting my time/Singing a song that won't be heard."

If Bush continues to make well-produced albums like this one, he won't have to worry about songs that "won't be heard" for long.

For more information about David Bush and his album, visit www.davidbush.com.

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