This Is the Revolution
- Reviewed by Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2009 9 Jun
If the name Brandon Bee looks familiar, that's because his list of production and co-writing credits includes work with Stacie Orrico, Nick Carter, Jamie Jamgochian and Lanae' Hale. Though he's still active behind the scenes as well, the 26-year-old couldn't ignore the itch to record his own material.
The liner note photographs that could've come straight out of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are the first sign that this disc has a fervent British Invasion flavor mashed in with the sounds of today's top ethereal rockers. Though Bee's influences include Muse and Travis, his material most readily recalls Phil Wickham, especially considering the worshipful nature of tunes like "Your Holiness" and "The Less of Us."
As the title of the project so confidently proclaims, the revolution has arrived in the form of this somewhat unexpected but clearly seasoned singer/songwriter.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/brandonbeemusic.
Style: alternative rock; Skillet, Filter, Thousand Foot Krutch
In a nutshell: This Toronto-based foursome knows the power of networking, regularly trekking to Nashville's GMA Week and scoring a Stryper opening slot this year. But the band also packs fierce chops, as best demonstrated on the bone-crunching Kevin Max duet "Blue."
Style: modern worship; Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, David Crowder Band
In a nutshell: Recently graduating from an EP to this full-length, this Texas-based worship pastor's ultra-smooth vocals carry exuberant praises and themes of peace in wearisome times.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/stephenmiller.
Style: acoustic pop/praise; Fee, Jeff Deyo, Jason Upton
In a nutshell: Whether quoting Psalms or offering up original adorations, this tranquil vocalist is completely transparent across five tunes that foster a spirit of contemplation and meditation.?
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/shannonrobbinsmusic.
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