Here We Go Again
- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Apr
- Here We Go Again
- Any Which Way
- Ain't No Mountain High Enough
- Call on Jesus
- Girls Can Change the World
- Get Up
- Inside Out
- That's What Friends Are For
- Are You Ready
When pureNRG debuted just shy of a year ago, Jump5 had just announced that they were calling it quits, leaving the Christian industry ripe for an energetic 'tween group to step in. And pureNRG did an admirable job of filling the group's shoes with its sassy, self-titled debut.
My how things have changed since then! With the almost Beatle-esque adoration of Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers by the pre-teen set, with other newcomers joining the scene seemingly every week, there's little need for yet another 'tween group with a feel-good message. Well, unless they're planning on contributing something that hasn't already been done before so convincingly.
Unfortunately, that's not the case here with pureNRG's sophomore project,
It's admirable to be bold about your faith, especially with music geared toward the younger set. But there's no coherent rhyme or reason to the song selection here. Wildly veering between leaning on God in the tough times ("Any Which Way") to the requisite self-esteem chatter on "Inside Out" to an electronically tinged cover of the Dionne Warwick classic "That's What Friends Are For," the overall vision lacks the forward-thinking sophistication of pureNRG's peers.
Which isn't to say an artist can't talk about a variety of issues and have fun in the meantime, but