To Know You Love Me: Songs for the Stillness
- Reviewed by Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2009 1 Sep
At the tip of the 2000s, Justin Unger found moderate Christian pop success as member of Across the Sky, which included a record deal with Word/Warner Brothers and a Dove nomination. Though the group was short-lived, he soon turned to leading worship and recording solo, including last year's
But unlike his previous radio-tailored efforts with Across the Sky and his solo debut,
Though a little slow at times, the 12-track dissertation is meant to be heard as a complete body of work to set a mood of unplugging from earthly chaos and settling into the Lord's presence. In that regard, Unger succeeds and could very well be better suited in this capacity than his days of attempting to strike radio gold.
Style: children's pop; Mission Six, Hillsong Kids, Go Fish
In a nutshell: These upbeat tunes for kids may be filtered through a Christian lens, but they steer away from Sunday school clichés. Parents are also likely to be impressed by the band's clever word choices, avoiding repetitive annoyance.
Style: alternative pop/rock; Lifehouse, Lincoln Brewster, By the Tree
In a nutshell: With robust rock vocals, charging guitars and the occasional acoustic sing-a-long, Serving Serenity brings a seeker-friendly mentality anchored in a vertical songwriting bent.
Style: pop/folk; Dolly Parton, Amy Grant, Martina McBride
In a nutshell: Most of the time Heidi McKee explores a fleshed-out folk tone, though sometimes she lets loose with all-out southern aggression. In either case, she displays a charming, twangy vocal tone, but could stand to ditch a handful of corny lyrics.
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