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Reverse the Dying Trend

  • reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2008 1 Jan
Reverse the Dying Trend
Sounds like … pop/rock with a worshipful bent that's a mix of Lifehouse, Augustana, Starfield, and Building 429At a glance … though lacking musical distinction, The Museum captures the joys and heartache of the Christian journey with aplombTrack Listing Love Is the Bridge Radiance The Call Fall The Only Love The Anchor Grace Alive All Praise Rising Rescue No End I Am Yours

"Welcome to a world that's complicated."

Right from the start of their debut effort, Reverse the Dying Trend, Atlanta-based band The Museum makes it clear that they don't sugarcoat the realities of day-to-day living. Christian or not, frontman Ben Richter quickly establishes that life isn't easy, a sentiment that's particularly refreshing to hear from a worship artist.

Of course, the band doesn't revel in angst, eventually pointing to the Answer, and reminding us in their second track "Radiance" that "All good things come from You." But instead of favoring the pat answers that praise music is often criticized for, The Museum's lyrical content strays away from the trite in favor of recognizing our emptiness without God in our lives. It's a captivating call to action that ends on a high note with the Ecclesiastes-inspired "Meaningless," which packs a punch emotionally for anyone who's dealt with the heartbreak of a failed relationship.

Unfortunately, the same thoughtful approach didn't naturally extend to the musical wing of this Museum. The skillful production certainly ups the ante from the usual indie project, but the arrangements are far too perfunctory to give The Museum any real distinction. On the opening track "Love is the Bridge,"The Museum merely sounds like a Lifehouse knock-off. Later, both "The Call" and "The Anchor" could've been sung by Building 429, and I wouldn't have known the difference. It's not to say that Richter's voice isn't pleasing enough, but the band's musicianship as accompaniment certainly doesn't make The Museum's overall sound unique.

However, in the battle of style versus substance, I'd opt for substance any day of the week. One just hopes that The Museum will be equally adventurous in their musicianship on future endeavors. At least lyrically, thanks to poetic turns of phrase and a spot-on analysis of the human condition, they're already off to an impressive start.

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