Once Upon a Shattered Life
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Feb
- Break Me
- Shattered Life
- Make Believe
- I Believe
- Back in Time
- Brand New Man
- Chris' Letter
- Oceans from the Rain
Named in honor of God's Sabbath, Seventh Day Slumber made their debut with Crowne Music Group two years ago. Since then, the band has developed a larger fan following, scored five Christian rock radio hits, added drummer Ray Fryoux to their ranks, and switched to BEC Recordings.
Despite all that, it sounds like little has changed for SDS on their sophomore effort
This is also a band that wants to take on real-life issues like addiction, self-worth, and depression in their music while offering the answer found by putting hope in Christ. Yet like Camp, these songs of brokenness and renewal are generic enough to be about any problem. Only the harder-edged "Chris's Letter" gets somewhat more specific by setting a fan's words to music.
Do give credit to SDS for doing it all with confidence and purpose. Coupled with the band's amazing testimonials—Fryoux and lead singer Joseph Rojas especially—these guys have plenty to say onstage in and around their music. SDS offers plenty for fans of the genre to appreciate, but they need to become more unique and interesting with their songwriting. Especially when you consider that this already tired pop-metal sound will surely run its course by the time album three is due.