Love, Peace & Happiness
- reviewed by LaTonya Taylor Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Feb
- Make Way
- Just the Way
- Love, Peace & Happiness
- I Know
- It's You
- Shoulda Listened
- Could've Been Me
- Drama Free
- Tennesse Girls Interlude
Several Christian girl-groups have cut respectable dance-pop tracks over the past 10 years, but the sleek vocal stylings and smooth production of Out of Eden (sisters Andrea Baca and Lisa and Danielle Kimmey) make this group dance-pop's gold standard. Although their music is similar to Destiny's Child, En Vogue or TLC, OOE has its own sound. Behind the leadership of lead writer/producer Lisa, the group's music is unmistakably message-oriented—and undeniably Christian—but without the sugary lyrics or overbearing religiosity that would get you laughed out of a dance club.
Next comes the title track's bright organ, pulsing bass, and a fresh, block-party vibe that celebrates God's gifts. The listener can almost feel the sunshine and taste the barbecue. "Soldiers," has a darker, more techno sound. Though the bass line and looped track feel a bit familiar, the song has a fun, vaguely militant feel, largely due to the call-and-response chanting throughout. Listen for it at a skating rink near you.
Next up is the smooth, mid-tempo ballad "I Know," with themes similar to "Sarah Jane" from
"Shoulda' Listened" is an acoustic-feeling R&B listen that tells the story of a young woman who has been burned by a bad relationship. Admirably (and unlike many of its mainstream counterparts—think Whitney Houston's whimpering "Heartbreak Hotel" or Destiny's Child's haughty "Survivor"), the cautionary tale focuses less on the woman's reasons for bitterness and more on her responsibility to listen to the voices of wisdom God's placed in her life. It ends on a positive note, as she determines to learn from her mistakes and listen in the future.
In "Drama Free," the singer warns a gossipy friend that she's changed and no longer wants to be privy to the friend's high-drama hijinks and constant he-said/she-said. "Secret" is a relaxed ballad encouraging listeners to be ready to share their hope in Christ.
The album ends with "Sincerely," a slower, harmony-laden homage to Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Lyrics include: "Didn't have to make the sacrifice/Didn't have to come and save my life/Didn't have to pay the price for me/Sincerely, I'm not worthy."