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Shane & Shane's Sound Turns Fuller in Pages

I’ve always appreciated the acoustic wonders of Shane & Shane, but I have to say I enjoyed the sonic enhancement and texture added by the additional players on their latest, Pages.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • September 10, 2007 |
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Storyside:B Moves to the Front with Alone

On Storyside:B’s We Are Not Alone, the production is a cut above with crisp sounds, strings and vocal arrangements that help them move to the front of the ever-growing pack of pop/rock acts in today’s scene.

  • Dr. Tony Shore |
  • September 07, 2007 |
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Fauxliage: A Leigh Nash Dream Collaboration

Fauxliage, featuring Leigh Nash with the Canadian electronic-pop duo behind Delerium (Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber), is a dream collaboration. Leigh’s exquisite vocals ride lush synth-heavy soundscapes like some otherworldy mythical figure.

  • Kevan Breitinger |
  • September 06, 2007 |
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Needtobreathe’s Heat Takes a Lyrical Leap Forward

Led by the brotherly tandem of vocalist Bear Rinehart and guitarist Bo Rinehart, Needtobreathe avoids the so-called “sophomore slump” with relative ease on The Heat.

Familiar Messages to Be Heard on BarlowGirl’s Silent

The music holds its own in substance and diversity on BarlowGirl’s How Can We Be Silent. But what’s lacking is lyrical depth and diversity. At least five tracks are marked with the same “stand up, go-against-the-flow” mentality for which BarlowGirl was already known.

  • Jackie A. Chapman |
  • August 31, 2007 |
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Wavorly Set for Smooth Takeoff with Flight

With artistic melodies, intricate orchestration and rich lyrics, up-and-coming band Wavorly is set for a smooth takeoff with Conquering the Fear of Flight. The debut blends elements of modern, hard, indie, alternative and progressive rock.

Trials are Inspiration on Jake Smith’s Real

Newcomer Jake Smith could not have chosen a better title for his debut, Real. The depth of his authenticity is defined, in part, by the last two years of his life in which he’s survived Hurricane Katrina, had to deal with two parents being diagnosed with cancer and also been hit by a drunk driver.

Mae Goes Major Label with Superb Singularity

After two well-received projects, Virginia Beach rockers Mae take their gleaming space-rock to the next level—Singularity being their first major-label effort. The quintet’s 12 radio-friendly tracks make for a superb entrance.

Anthems, Ballads in the Mix on Who We Are

Lifehouse’s latest disc continues pointing in the right direction. On Who We Are, the inspiring alt-rockers have once again upped the artistic ante, merging a series of stadium shaking anthems with heartfelt ballads and remarkably candid lyrics.

Agnew Spans the Gamut on Better Questions

In this era of digital singles and exclusive downloads, it’s not often that an artist releases a CD containing more than 10 or 12 tracks. But on Better Questions, Texas-bred singer/songwriter Todd Agnew unfurls 16 songs that span the gamut from praise & worship to R&B to straight-ahead rock & roll.

Third Day’s Second Chronology Continues High Quality

A sign of Essential Records’ commitment to Third Day and their fans is the continued high quality of Volume Two, following the very satisfying first installment, Chronology, Volume One (1996-2000). Listeners can count on another rewarding experience here.

Casting Crowns Exceeds Expectations on The Altar

When you’ve delivered great singles such as “Who Am I,” “Voice of Truth” and “Praise You in This Storm,” the arrival of a new album carries a high level of expectation. The good news is Casting Crowns once again meets and exceeds with The Altar and the Door.

  • Deborah Evans Price |
  • August 13, 2007 |
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Strong Voice But No Niche on Mandisa’s True Beauty

On Mandisa’s True Beauty debut, one thing’s for sure: this girl can sing. Her voice can fill any genre. However, the downfall is its hard to decipher her niche with such a wide range: from power ballads to R&B to gospel to hip-hop and beyond.

Neale’s No Greater Audience a Good Worship Reminder

On his latest disc, No Greater Audience, Dove Award-nominated worship pastor Michael Neale explains that the album title of his latest 13-track disc is a reminder of what, and Who, our worship is really about.

Monk & Neagle Takes Two on The Twenty-First Time

Now landing at Reunion Records after Provident Music Group purchased Flicker Records, Monk & Neagle releases The Twenty-First Time, a project full of interpersonal narratives on a backdrop of memorable acoustic pop produced by Ed Cash.

HIStory Could Be The Cross Movement’s Final Bow

Some say that it’s best to retire when you’re at the height of your career. The Cross Movement, a flagship artist in faith-based hip-hop, may be taking that advice to heart by capping off its 10-year career with this year’s release, HIStory: Our Place in His Story.

Life Goes on in Rice’s What a Heart Is Beating for

What a Heart Is Beating for, Chris Rice’s sixth studio record, takes his previous album’s approach to the next level—in terms of literate snappy pop tracks that cover issues both romantic and spiritual. In other words, life.

Familiar Sounds a Drawback on MxPx’s Eighth Project

MxPx’s eighth album continues the band’s typical style with catchy melodies and solid instrumentals. After a 15-year career, the band has successfully continued to keep the same sound it’s always had. However, this has a slight drawback.

McLaughlin’s Songwriting Shines in Indiana

While many of Indiana’s songs have spiritual nuances, the album contains mainly thoughtful tunes about life and love, showcasing Jon McLaughlin’s gift for penning beautiful word pictures married with gorgeous, accessible melodies and smooth vocals.

Message the Main Focus on Vineyard’s Stand

The second in the Playlist series, Vineyard Music’s Stand in Awe serves up eleven worship tracks, most of them true to the familiar Vineyard vein: very vertically oriented, lyrically articulate, and somewhat broad musically, which is to say they direct your attention more to the message than the music.

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