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You Alone

  • reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2007 1 Jan
You Alone
Sounds like … the pop of MercyMe or Casting Crowns, the rock of Building 429 or The Afters, and the worship of FFH or Pocket Full of Rocks, all in one adult contemporary friendly package.At a glance … despite some decent guitar licks and the band's willingness to mix between pop, rock, and worship, Echoing Angels brings nothing personable or distinctive to a bland sound that merely emulates better Christian bands before them.Track Listing I Will
You Alone
Let Go
Rise Up
Coming Back to Life
Living Inside of Me
Make It Better
Move Me

Though Echoing Angels has performed together for seven years, music still isn't the primary gig for them. All five members maintain full-time jobs as contractors, construction workers, and even a professional golf instructor. Over time, however, each felt called to add music ministry to their workload, serving churches in the Atlanta community with covers of Christian pop and worship. As the band began to tour outside of Georgia and incorporate original songs into their performances, it was only a matter of time before they signed a record deal.

But with a background like that, an album like this might prompt some to say, "Don't quit your day job." It's not that Echoing Angels can't perform, or that they can't serve the church effectively with their musical gifts. Unlike MercyMe when they first started, these guys aren't afraid to mix up their sound between AC pop ballads one minute and heavier rock the next—"I Will" starts off with some banjo before unleashing some decent guitar riffs reminiscent of Evanescence or DecembeRadio.

That said, You Alone is about as predictable and hackneyed as Christian AC can get, deriving from the same styles that have worked for Casting Crowns and Building 429 over the last five years. Their formulaic sound is compromised further by superficial lyricism that blandly centers on God comforting our hurts. Consider the title track and first single, which they say took over a year to write: "Desperately wanting to just find a way/Searching and seeking for someone to say/That it's all right and it's OK/Like I know you can … You alone are God/I am yours and you are mine/And I know the heavens will call out your name if I don't."

Been there, done that—and been done a lot better. Well intentioned as the band may be, they haven't invested nearly enough personality or substance into their music to remain memorable. Instead, Echoing Angels merely echoes the playbook of many a Christian AC pop group before them.

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