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Carrie Pettit, Dream On Various Artists, Girls Rockin' for God
Switchfoot, Nothing is Sound Audio Adrenaline , Until My Heart Caves In
Big Daddy Weave, What I was Made For Pivitplex, Under Museum Quality Glass
Scott Krippayne, Gentle Revolution Farewell June, 1939
Various Artists, Absolute Modern Worship Exit East, Exit East
Various Artists, WOW Hits 2005 Newsboys, Devotion
TAIT, Lose This Life Ceili Rain, No You No Me
Bob Smiley, I've Got a Funny Feeling About This OC Supertones, Live Vol. 1
LifeHouse, No Name Face Fusebox, Lost in Worship
Sonic Flood, Resonate POD, Satellite
Michael Tait, Empty DC Talk, Intermission: The Greatest Hits
3rd Root, A Sign of Things to Come Kevin Amax, Stereotype Be
Salvador, Salvador Paige, Paige
Natalie Grant, Stronger Calibretto 13, Enter the Danger Brigade
Point of Grace, Free to Fly Set Free Hip Hop Soldiers, Set Free
Newsboys, Shine-The Hits Johnny Q. Public, Welcome to Earth
Switchfoot, Learning to Breathe Fanmail, Fanmail 2000
Delirious?, Glo Various Artists, WOW 2001
 

Album: Girls Rockin' for God
Artist: Various Artists
Reviewer: Taylor Loftin

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross  
4 out of 5

Girls Rockin’ for God features eight practice versions of today’s biggest Christian rock hits with adjustable vocal levels to help you learn these awesome songs and eight performance versions without vocals for when you want to take the lead. The perfect sing-along tool for music teachers or students, performers or fans, this unique CD lets you take center stage, no band required.  Featuring tributes to some of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music, including Aly & AJ, ZOEgirl, Rebecca St. James, BarlowGirl, and more, this CD makes it simple to sing along to your favorite songs without having to play any instruments.  It’s great a great way to get kids involved at church groups or just for a fun game of karaoke! Step into the spotlight with Girls Rockin’ for God and let your faith shine!

This CD is available for purchase here: http://www.cmhrecords.com/web/page.asp?pgs=product&catid=43&id=1241

 

Album: Dream On
Artist: Carrie Pettit
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Half Fish Cross
4.5 out of 5

Carrie Pettit brings us a breakout debut album with Dream On, that comes with musical sense and ability beyond what you'd normally expect from a freshman offering.

With a somewhat different approach, Carrie comes to the music scene after serving in vocational ministry as a worship leader and by way of a bachelor's degree in theology. Her self-described approach is less of a marketing and sales approach, and more of a ministry approach. Obviously, it seems all Christian artists should view their music as ministry, and in Carrie's case, she delivers this as well as any.

The album, "Dream On," is a heartfelt, soulful, and musically sound offering, with a broad range of sound and feeling. It's a strong piano base, but very musically diverse, and well produced. The lyrics are also soulful and serve as an offering to the Lord and should bring that worshipful feeling you'd expect from a worship album.

I'm always impressed with artists that write their own stuff, showing a strong side in songwriting as well as performing. That's the case here, Carrie either wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, and they are very well done.

If you are a fan of artists like Natalie Grant, Point of Grace, and other Christian artists on that side of the coin, this is a definite must for you. Even if you're on the harder side of the coin, this is an excellent Christian album from an up and coming new artist.

For more information or ordering info, check out her website.

 

Album: Until My Heart Caves In
Artist: Audio Adrenaline
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Half Fish Cross
4.5 out of 5

Audio Adrenaline stands as a corner-stone of the Christian Rock scene, having been around for a long-time, and effectively setting the musical stage for the rest that have come after them.

After a significant number of albums, according to the band, they've delivered their true passion musically with their latest offering, "Until My Heart Caves In". This is a solid Rock and Roll album, with exciting intensity, strong guitar and vocal base, and a distinct Audio A sound driving through the mix.

Although to me, the song order starts out a little "hard" for my tastes, Audio A junkies will find it as expected, and the song offerings throughout are really good. I didn't find any that I skipped on the CD. Listeners will find an unexpectedly great remake of a late 60's Jackie Wilson tune called "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher," which has a spiritual twist as the lyrics are engineered into a worshipful and soulful offering to the Lord.

This is another great album by Audio A, and judging by the line up in their current tour, a precurser to an excellent season in the life of the band. If you have an opportunity to see these guys live, take it. With other bands like Sanctus Real and Superchic[k], it promises to be a great show.

For additional informaiton on the album or the band and tour, check out their website.

 
 

Album: Nothing is Sound
Artist: Switchfoot
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross  
4 out of 5

Without a doubt, Switchfoot is one of the best Christian Rock bands in the industry today, and they've had substantial airplay throughout other secular genre's as well in a variety of media. Switchfoot is a group of talented songwriters and musicians, and their ability and professionalism exudes from all of their projects. From a pure musical standpoint, these guys are "tight."

Nothing is Sound is the latest offering from the band, and it's another strong album from a strong band. If you listen to Christian radio, you've been hearing some of the songs already on a regular basis, such as Stars, which is a great song.

For those of you seeking a less overt Christian band and set of songs, this is a good choice for you. Switchfoot, as I see it, seem to be more of a band of Christians vs. a typical Christian music band. Although they do write songs with Christian themes, you won't hear a lot of songs that are easily identified as a "Christian" song. That approach makes for a good "marketability" to non-Christian folks, especially rock fans, as they can be drawn into the music, and a bridge can be made with "yeah, did you know these guys are a Christian band?"

I'm confident God is doing great things through these guy's unique ministry opportunities.

The only downside to this album, one that is acknowledge by the band, is that Sony, like other music companies is starting to release CD's with really annoying copy-protection features. Basically, the CD isn't in CD format, it's in protected WMA (windows media) format, and you load the CD through a flash player on your computer. Take it from me, if you're an Itunes/Ipod user, this is a PAIN, and after a series of attempts to work around it, I gave up. I'm basically playing 437 albums through Itunes and 1 through Windows Media. According to that article, they're looking for a second release that fixes the problem. My advice is that if you're an Itunes/Ipod user, go to the music store in Itunes and download it from there vs. buying the CD itself.

If you do want to buy the CD, you can find it all over the place, you can get it from their website as well.

 

Album: Under Museum Quality Glass
Artist: Pivitplex
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

Okay, so this album has been out for a while, but since these guys are heading back into the studio for their follow up effort, have been touring all over the US, and since I saw lead singer Scott Brownson at a BBQ last night and realized I never did a review of it, I figured it was time to get the word out on Youth4Him about these guys.

Pivitplex is one of those hard-to-classify Christian bands, with a diverse sound, but if you had to put a label on them, I’d say a good rock-n-roll band with a touch of alternative flair.

Most of the songs are guitar and drum driven, which gives them a distinct feel. Scott’s vocals add that edge you like to hear in a good strong lead sound as well.

This freshman effort is a noble one, with excellent song writing, catchy tunes, and a good solid song package. With songs like “You Know,” and “Some Will Fall,” you get a solid message without too much preaching.

Pivitplex is definitely a band worth checking out, and they’re getting good airplay, so chances are, you’ve already heard them and perhaps didn’t know it. Under Museum Quality Glass is a good album.

You can find the album all over the place, you can get it from their website as well.

 

Album: What I was Made For
Artist: Big Daddy Weave
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

“The music and calling of Big Daddy Weave is simply all about relationship. We were created to know God. Jesus summed up all the commandments like this – ‘Love God and Love people.’ We want to grow closer in our won relationship with God in such a way that encourages others who know Him to know Him more. For those who don’t, we want them to know that they are invited into a day by day love relationship with the creator of the universe.” – Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave

To me, that sums up everything the phenomena of Christian music should be about…getting those of us that know God to know Him better, and getting those that don’t know Him to learn about His Awesome Love.

If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know about Big Daddy Weave. They’re one of the most popular bands in Christian music, and with songs like “Audience of One,” and “In Christ,” they’ve definitely made a big name for themselves in the industry (pun intended. ;->)

Now, with the new album, What I was Made For, and a #1 song, “You're Worthy Of My Praise” with BarlowGirl, Big Daddy Weave continues to grow in momentum, and continues to spread the good news of Christ, with some awesome Christian Music.

This is a great album, and worth a look, here are some notes about a few of the songs:

It’s All about You – a heart felt, humble, and musically compelling number.

You’re Worthy of my Praise – With Barlow Girls. Can you ask for a better combination? This is an excellent, and possibly my favorite rendition ever of this song, and the guys and gals pull it off with flying colors!

His Name is Jesus - right to the point, He’s the man, He died for you, and He’s calling your name. With a trend in the industry to be “not just a worship band” these days, I personally find it really cool that a song like this gets right to the heart of what I believe Christian music is supposed to be about…helping people find God. It’s a catchy tune, and an awesome song.

This album has very strong vocals and great song writing. You’ll also find some out of the ordinary sounds with even cool and funky, Ray Charles type electric piano and horns as well.

There’s an interesting surprise in the album, with the goal of helping you get closer to God. I’ll leave the surprise a surprise…

Go out and pick this up when it comes out in July, it’s well worth it. You can preorder it for $10 from their website.

 

Album: 1939
Artist: Farewell June
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

From their own website:

“Somewhere between Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Cademon's Call, Blues Traveler and James Taylor, FAREWELL JUNE takes the listener on a journey of life and hope through Christ. Never in your face, but always ready to offer a solution…”

This seems as good a description of the sound of Farewell June as I could possibly give. The debut album, 1939 is an awesome mix of acoustic sounds, great melodies, and some rockin’ tunes as well.

You can easily hear some James Taylor influences, Indigo Girls, etc. in the song writing, but this truly is a sound all their own for Farewell June. With songs like Shine On (my favorite,) Kansas, Irony, and others, the production quality is top notch, the sound is unique and inspiring, and the lyrics bring some thought-provoking time for the listener.

They’ve just released their first single, Servant, which describes the hard road we take in life, and how God is always there to lift us up and bring us through it. I can see why this was the first single, it’s an awesome song, but also provides an excellent representation of the band’s musical prowess and style.

Farewell June is a great new band, and this record is plain and simple, awesome. No matter what your musical style, this is one for the collection. I'm impressed, and you will be as well.

The album is available now, and you can order it on their website as well.

 
 

Album: Gentle Revolution
Artist: Scott Krippayne
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

I love Scott Krippayne's music, plain and simple. His stuff is very good musically, with a heavy piano sound to it, and the lyrics are well written, finding that great balance between story-telling, worship, and enough wit and humor to keep you really engaged in what he's saying.

Billed as his "no longer playing it safe" album, Gentle Revolution delivers what fans would expect, but with an added sense of who Scott is both personally and spiritually, and the music leaves you satisfied with what you're hearing, but longing to not only be closer to the subject matter, and to hear some more Krippayne.

This album brings a similar piano influence, of course, but you'll find more live-rock feel to it with songs like "Lyin" and a much less pop-oriented and more guitar-feeling music. The long and short of it, this album brings not only what you'd expect, but also some really rockin' tunes from Mr. Krippayne.

In addition to "Lyin", I think my favorite tune is a more ballad-like song called "In the Name of God," but frankly, I don't skip any songs as I listen to the full album, it's definitely a keeper, and you won't be disappointed.

The album comes out on January 25, 2005, and it will be well worth the wait. Look for it in stores then. For samples or more info, go to Scott's Website.

 

Album: Absolute Modern Worship
Artist: Various
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

The Absolute series has been taking the nation by storm in the last year. With sales of over 300,000 units, this has been the hottest new series launch in Christian music in the last few years.

The concept behind the series is to bring artists and labels together in one compilation, offering the best in Christian Music in one place for us, the lucky listener.

I'm a huge fan of Christian compilations, it's an excellent way to get the most music for the money, getting the top artists and songs in one place, and it saves you the trouble of making your own custom playlists, it's already there!

This album is all worship, all modern, and it is definitely Absolute Modern Worship, with songs like Here I am to Worship, Meet with Me, and Shout to the Lord, and artists like Ginny Owens, Skillet, and Todd Agnew. You've basically got a who's who in Christian Music, and 25 of the best worship songs available today.

The album comes out on January 25, 2005, and it will be well worth the wait. Look for it in stores then. In the meantime, you can check out some of the other Absolute offerings here.

 

Album: Exit East
Artist: Exit East
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
4.5 out of 5

The debut album from this up and coming band is due out January 18, 2005, and it's definitely something to look out for, especially if you're looking for a great Christian album with a true Rock and Roll appeal.

When listening to the album, I get a real sense of musicianship here; along with great songwriting, these guys can simply get the job done in terms of putting it all together in a high-tempo and high-energy offering. They absolutely Rock!

Most of the songs are very upbeat, a great mix for your iPod playlists for driving or exercising, with a couple of exceptions that are little more heartfelt and "soulful." I think my favorite song is "Me From Here," which sounds great, gets you thinking, and gets you feeling what the guys are trying to say with this album.

I'm giving 4.5 out of 5 here, this is really an excellent album from a new band.

They're offering pre-sales copies from their website, and you can check it out here.

 

Album: Wow Hits 2005
Artist: Various Artists
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

The WOW compilations have become the standard for Christian music since they came out back in the 90's with worship versions, gospel versions, and of course, the pure "hits" versions like this one for 2005.

With 34 songs from the best in Christian music (Stacie Orrico, Jars of Clay, Barlow Girl, etc.), there simply is no better way to get all of the best music in one place, and for about $20!

Basically, you've got a compilation of the best songs from Christian music from 2004 (probably some in 2003 too), so if you're short on cash, or if you're just trying to get the best bang for your buck, or if you're looking to get someone a good start on Christian music (Christmas is coming, you know), this is the way to go.

Every music collection should have all of the WOW music collections, and the Hits 2005 version is no exception. Make sure you pick it up today!

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Album: Devotion
Artist: Newsboys
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross  
4 out of 5

“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s good advice if you’re a rock band that’s consistently been in the Christian music industry’s spotlight for more than 17 years.

With the Newsboys newest effort, Devotion, however, this awesome band ignored traditional wisdom in that advice, and relied more on the leading of God. The album is a musical expression of Peter Furler, the band’s front man, spiritual re-committal about 3 years ago.

The album is edgy, and is what you would expect from the Newsboys. It’s spiritually rich, leaning on songs such as Blessed be Your Name, and Name Above All Names, It is a great listening album, and will touch the heart as well as your ears.

With collaboration help from Rebecca St. James, and Stu G. (delirious?), you get more than you pay for with Devotion, as those artists add additional heart, and an additional dimension to the album.

This is a great new album, and worth checking out. It will be available to the public on 11/2/04. Check out the Newsboys' site for more info.

 

Album: No You No Me
Artist: Ceili Rain
Reviewer: Carol Lee Bohannan

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross  
4 out of 5

Ceili Rain's newest CD "No You No Me" is a must listen to.. It is lively and fun.. This is a CD that will get you moving.. and make you want to see this lively group live.. It's fun to see a live show, because you could very easily see a Grandma dancing with her teenage grandson. This group jumps out of the stereotypical labels, and reaches new heights. Granted, even though it's not a lively as some of the earlier CD's, it still is filled with fun. A Hundred Smiles an Hour, gets you going right away.. Man, do I ever remember becoming a new Christian, and feeling that wonderful excitement.. Forty Shades Of Green, reminds me of my dad.. No he doesn't turn forty shades, but it's a song he'd like.. Queen For a Day, kind of reminds me of playing dress-up when I was little. It's nice to remember that. House Not Made With Hands, makes me fill like I want to sign up to go to Heaven RIGHT NOW... The song Ping Pong, reminds me of all the fun ping pong games my best friend Jo and I use to have.. (even though she would beat me every time) I had to listen to this CD's several time, before I could hear everything about every song... You can bet that I will be playing it for a long time to come.

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Album: Lose This Life
Artist: TAIT
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross  
4 out of 5

If you’re looking for a great new Rock worship album, look no further than TAIT’s second album, Lose this Life.

The project is highly energized, and offers a lot of “get up and go,” throughout the album. “There’s a believable passion that carries through Lose This Life,” says Michael Tait, the band’s lead singer. “Even the slow songs have tremendous energy…as a band, we don’t feel like we have time to sit back and tickle people’s ears.” Well said, and when you listen to this album, you’ll see that the band hits the mark, creating something that will stir you musically and spiritually, and challenge the way you think.

My normal musical taste is a bit softer than this album, but it didn’t stop me from really enjoying listening to it over and over. My favorite tracks are the title track, Lose This Life, as well as Free Will, an awesome story about how we hold back from God, and how we need to choose to live for God. In addition to these tracks, you’ll get a great hidden track surprise, just in time for the holidays.

Pick up the album today and see how TAIT continues to expand their offering, beyond the DC Talk legacy.

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Album: I've Got a Funny Feeling About This
Artist: Bob Smiley
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

I've never even explored the idea of there being a chance to place a very fine line between comedy and ministy...maybe I just haven't had very funny pastors over the years. However, listening to the new album from Bob Smiley, I realized that given the right gifts, it is definitely possible to have the two things coexist, and in Bob's case, crossover and back instantaneously.

There is an old movie cliché' that says "you'll laugh, you'll cry..." Again, Bob Smiley helps to place some merit into that cliché' with a comedy album that is intertwined with personal testimony, real, take-it-to-heart ministry, and an outstanding sharing of the gospel and Christ's love in a non-threatening way.

To be honest, I've been relatively in the dark when it comes to Christian Comedy, and other than Bob Smiley now, I don't think I could name more than a couple of comedians that would identify themselves in that arena. All you have to do is watch Comedy Central or any other late night comedian avenue, and you'll realize that most comedy is centered around worldly ideas of what is funny, foul language, sexual and deviant humor, etc. It's refreshing to listen to a guy who not only is very funny, but truly loves the Lord.

The basics? Bob Smiley is funny! From topics such as parenting to an experience in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (that one hits too close to home, since I'm from Oklahoma), the bits are great.

I would not only recommend that you pick up the album, but I'd also recommend you give it to your non-Christian friends as a witnessing tool.

Thanks, Bob, for providing great comedy and great ministry alike, God Bless You!

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Album: Live, Vol 1
Artist: OC Supertones
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross  
4 out of 5

As lyrically powerful and musically focused as their four studio albums have been, the Orange County Supertones are best known for their heart-pumping, Album Coverbody-moving concerts. So it's no surprise and totally appropriate that this particular SoCal party-band-with-a-message has chosen to release a collection of their greatest songs in live form.

Coming after "Loud & Clear," their latest studio release and its smash tour, "Live, Vol. 1" serves as both a career-spanning celebration for die-hard Supertones true believers, AND a great introduction for new fans. If anyone has ever wanted to sample the rocking joyfulness that comes from seeing the OC Supertones in concert, "Live, Vol. 1" is an excellent place to dig in.

This is a great album, with both excellent "jump up and down and rock" opportunity, but also some true heart-felt worship.

The live album comes on the heels of several great successes for the Supertones, from performing for the Pope at a youth rally attended by thousands in 1999, to just coming off the much-publicized Festival Con Dios tour, which was featured in a cover story in Newsweek magazine.

A great rendition of "Holiness" opens the album, and sets the overal spiritual tone. Other great cuts are "Your Are My King (Amazing Love)," "Resolution," and an awesome version of "So Great a Salvation," which has not only a great melody, but some mid-point improv mixed in...it's fun.

The album is classic OC Supertones, and for both fans and newcomers alike, I think it will be a great addition to the collection. Check it out today!

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Album: Lost In Woship
Artist: Fusebox
Reviewer: KD

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross  
4 out of 5

For those of you looking for a good "rock" album with a great sense of worship and praise for God, then Fusebox's new album, Lost in Worship is just for you. With great a great guitar and overall musical backbone, this album is chock-full of praise. This is not surprising considering the band members, youth pastors and former mainstream rockers turned evangelists, fresh from touring for the last year with the one and only Rebecca St. James (who could help be on fire for God hanging out with her?)

The album features both originals and covers, including modern worship songs like Every Move I Make (a way cool upbeat version), and awesome praise songs like Light the Fire (a duet with Rebecca St. James) and Everything, a soul-filled song with a strong message.

This band is the real deal, and they truly have God in their hearts. In fact, the album title Lost in Worship is what they say their mindset was during recording and in their lives. They say that all in all, the album is a reflection of the overwhelming gratitude and thankfulness each of the band members feel about their relationship with Christ.

If you're looking for an opportunity to get Lost with Christ in praise and worship music for a while, then pick up the new album from Fusebox, it's sure to not disappoint.

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Album: No Name Face
Artist: Lifehouse
Reviewer: Pastor Joe

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

Christians in the Mainstream: Most of you have probably heard one of the most popular songs of 2001, within the top 5 of most year end countdowns I've heard, "Hanging by a moment." This song has had as much play time as any song in 2001 on the radio waves as well as MTV and VH1. And it's by none other than a trio of church going boys from California that call themselves "Lifehouse." In their liner notes they thank God and Christ several times, as well as "everyone at the vineyard," as in the vineyard church they have been involved with for many years in California. The album this song is on, "No Name Face," is overall not as fast paced as this song, as their latest single, "Breathing," might hint at. However, their are several more driving rock tunes that due contribute to a nicely balanced album. Their lyrics are quite filled with biblical and spiritual overtones, as in this song they say, "I am looking past the shadows of my mind into the truth and I'm trying to identify the voices in my head God which ones you?" Several other songs are also very suggestive biblically and spiritually. I highly recommend this album. If your looking for more "mainstream," wholesome music, this is it. It is definitely worth supporting our brothers in Christ in their endeavor to saturate with good, a market saturated with trash.

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Album: Resonate
Artist: Sonic Flood
Reviewer: Willis

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross    
3 out of 5

The band that reinvented praise and worship is back with a band new album to juice you up and get your body to rock for Jesus Christ. From influences direct from Africa on the first song, to the ballad at the end and all the rock and roll, soft and slow in between, Sonic Flood does not skip a beat and aims to get you pumped for Jesus. You can't help but start feeling the groove! My favorite songs are found on track 2 and 6. They are just enough to get your head to bob back and forth with having it fall off your shoulders. I love these guys and in the spirit of their first breakthrough, self titled album, sonicflood, they come back to energize us and get us lifting our hands and shouting the name of Jesus to all the ends of the earth. Check it out and join SonicFlood in lifting the name of Christ to new levels!

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Album: Satellite
Artist: POD (Payable on Death)
Reviewer: Willis

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross  
4 out of 5

POD has shaken the world of music with its hard-rock influenced power music. With the unfortunate attack on the World Trade Center, the masses reached for an album that would give timely release of feelings felt from this disaster. P.O.D. couldn't have delivered a more profound compilation of moving hits then it did with the release of Satellite.

The songs on their latest album, expode with the passion for our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. If you at all into the heavier music, P.O.D. has just raised the standard in thrashing for the Lord. With songs like Satellite, Alive, and Boom, it makes the listener become completely enveloped in the hard pounding bass tracks and vibrating guitar licks.

The writing is not from this world...it is God's pen striking on the heart of the whole band. It is Christ that walked into the sound stage and picked up drummer Wuv's sticks, guitar player Marcos's 6 string, turned up the amp and plays Traa's bass, and wails through lead singer Sonny's chords. This is our holy Father stepping up to the plate and taking his "best shot" at stirring the masses. I heard this album and started to feel the sweat pouring from my head....I took a deep breath and played it over...and over...and over again. The beats and lyrics leave you reaching for more.

This is God Rock at its absolute finest. You will rock, you will breath, and you will beat you chest and scream for Christ. P.O.D. leaves you experiencing ultra heights and not wanting to back down.

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Album: Intermission: The Greatest Hits
Artist: DC Talk
Reviewer: Willis

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

DC Talk, rock hiphop trio of the ages, has just released the album we've all been waiting for. Spanning the years, Intermission: leaves the core DC Talk fans completely satisfied with reprises of the hits that brought them to fame back in the 80s and 90s. These guys always brought it real right to the heart of the believer and told it like it was and still is...God loves us all and he is with us in ALL that we do. Beginning with influences in the world of hiphop and funk R&B, DC Talk rhymed and reasoned with our satan plagued lives and their early works gave us hope.

As time passed and the trio reinvented themselves, we were treated with a seattle grunge sound on the Jesus Freak album. Not wanting to back down, DC Talk released an album a few years later entitled Supernatural that brought us back to the sounds of melded 70s rock and synth with a new twist of beats from a new era. Spanning the various genres, DC Talk is truly a band for the people with a talent base that goes left to right and doesn't miss a beat in between. The latest arrangement has familiar hits like Mind's Eye, Jesus Freak, and I Wish We'd All Been Ready.

There are some remastered hits like Say the Words, that gives a pleasant twist on an old favorite and being the first song, it leave you begging for more. SugarCoat It is my favorite track as it is a new wer track and hopefully a sign of what is to come from these 3 men of God.

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Album: A Sign of Things to Come
Artist: 3rd Root
Reviewer: Willis

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross      
2 out of 5

OK....if the heavy wasn't heavy enough, enter 3rd Root. These metal-head God Rockers hit the scene running with their album A sign of Things to Come. Songs like Wah Wah, Fly, Broken, and Torn completely envelope you in a trance beat that moves you closer to God on a deepened and riveting level of music heavier than the world itself. In the spirit of groups like P.O.D and Disciple, 3rd Root aims its sights on the hardcore agressive metal heads that know God on an extreme level. God is extreme, 3rd Root is extreme, and thus, the match is made.

This album isn't for the faint of heart. If you are looking for music where the heavy comes on thick and the undercurrent of guitar and bass get molded into one twisted line, 3rd Root brings you powerful lyrics and a love for Christ that is refreshing. This is music that will make Satan shudder and run. Stick around for a heart pounding sequence of hits that rock God's universe and slaps Satan and his demons right across the face.

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Album: Empty
Artist: Michael Tait (of DC Talk)
Reviewer: Willis

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross    
3 out of 5

Singer extraordinaire of DC Talk Fame, Michael Tait has been busy on his first solo album. What many christian music fans don't know is that DC Talk (Michael Tait, Toby McKeehan, and Kevin Max) have released their album "Intermission:" as a place holder for fans until their individual studio albums could be released.

There was an album between the solo efforts and "Intermission:" called "solo" which featured a live hit from the band and two sampler songs from each of the solo debut albums of the three Jesus Freaks. "Empty" is Tait's release of self penned works. Armed with a terrific band and a host of personal talent, Michael set out to rivet the Christian world with the sounds of songs like Alibi, Spy, American Tragedy, and Empty. The familiar vocals remind you that this man is truly gifted and can raise you up to Christ with his voice from even the deepest of places.

These songs are more than just personal testaments of Michael's love for Christ, this is a personal display for his unmovable faith and grasp on the Father and all that he is and will be for every Christian. He embraces his God given talent and brings you to a place where he shares himself and his talent, apart from DC Talk, with you on a personal level.

You cannot help but feel drawn in by his soothing voice and gripping songs. A true example of man and God on a level plain collaborating to bring you the best of feel good tunes and challenging music to make you stronger.

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Album: Stereotype Be
Artist: Kevin Max (of DC Talk)
Reviewer: Willis

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross  
4 out of 5

As with all things, the individual will feel moved to break away from the shelter of comfort and release itself into an unknown world to embace its own talent. Kevin Max, and his other two brothers of DC Talk fame, have met the challenge of each other and entered the studio apart from one another.

They have done this to embrace their talent on solo collaborations and bring the listener a treat from different perspectives. Kevin Max, the dedicated poet of the trio, has put together a host of songs that show his love for God and his appreciation to his fans. He is, afterall, a seasoned singer and songwriter and his first song, Return of the Singer, is a song dedicated to the fan who has so warmly embraced his stage presence time and time again. Having always felt the rush and love from the fans, this was Kevin's chance to return the love to so many that have fallen for his talent and come back for more every time. Other songs like Dead End Moon, Be, On and On, and Angel with No Wings, Kevin expressed himself no less eloquently than in his time with DC Talk. He writes songs that touch the heart and the soul and make you glad you are a Christian.

A garanteed smile will come over your fac on some songs, and a tear could find its way down your cheek on others. Such is the way when Kevin is at the helm of his own vessel guiding you through the perilous waters of his mind showing you his world and love of Christ through his own eyes. Be moved.....

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Album: Salvador
Artist: Salvador Show: Promise Keepers 2001, Nampa, ID
Reviewer: KD


Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 (really a 6) out of 5

This review is a combination album review and a concert review as it is impossible to separate one from the other experientially.

The name Salvador means "Savior" in Spanish. I could not have picked a better name for this group of guys! As a band, they exude the Holy Spirit of the Savior better than any group of guys I've ever seen. It's so obvious, one might expect them to have to buy extra plain tickets for JC when they travel. As I would expect them to want me to, I'll clarify that I'm not giving the glory to the men, but to the power of Jesus Christ acting through them and their faithfulness to His word and will. These guys love the Lord, and there is no denying it.

I had the privilege to see them perform as part of a recent Promise Keepers event in Nampa, Idaho. The event itself was completely full of the Holy Spirit, and many men gave their lives to Christ while there. The show was the musical and spiritual highlight for me, and as I observed, for many others. It was amazing to see several thousand men, both young and old (including several hundred at the foot of the stage), dancing together, raising their hands, jumping up and down, and singing praises to God. The Holy Spirit was totally acting through Salvador as they played, and I know I had goose-bumps during many of the songs. The rendition of "Lord I Lift Your Name on High" was probably the best and most moving I've ever experienced.

So, who are these guys? There are 7 of them: Nic, Art, Pablo, Eliot, Josh, Billy, and Chris. Although I'm hesistant to single out any one band member, as they are ALL awesome, especially since the lead singer always gets singled out, I'd be remiss in not sharing a couple of thoughts on Nic, the lead singer and guitarist. At 24, his God-given talents are simply amazing, vocally, musically, and as a performer. He is simply a natural on the stage, and was great fun to watch and to praise with (which is exactly what you are doing). "Boy, that kid's cocky, but it's great," was a comment a guy I was with made. I'd actually not describe his presence that way because cockiness comes from within. I don't know Nic personally, but I can tell you by watching the show that he definitely lets the Holy Spirit move through him, and he is doing great work for Jesus Christ. In case you've not gotten it yet, I was impressed.

The music is great praise music, and also very upbeat. With largely a Latin feel, including a heavy horn influence (trumpet and trombone at the show), the music will get you moving whether at a live show, or sitting in your chair, as I am now. Even for a guy who couldn't dance to save his life, listening will make you think you can get the Salsa moving! The music is well written, well practiced, and tight. There are no missed beats here.

There current album features some great upbeat songs like "Lord, I Come Before You," (also featured on the Wow 2001 Set) and "Now It Moves, plus some excellent praise ballads like "With God" and "Crucified." There won't be a song on this album you'll hit the Next Track button on.

The guys as I write this are spending time recording their new record (not sure on the release date), so by the time you've burned holes in this CD listening to it, they'll be another one ready for you. Please be in prayer for them as they travel doing shows and that their ministry of music will lead others to Christ, which is the goal of all Christian artists.

If you get a chance, go see Salvador in concert. You can learn more about the band at their web site (www.salvadorlive.com). To contact their management group, click here.

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Album: Paige
Artist: Paige
Reviewer: Michelle


Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

Talk about an AWESOME CD! I would have given this 6 crosses, if I could have. I am a newcomer to Christian music but this CD has really opened my eyes to a whole new genre of music I have been missing. For a while my friends have been trying to get me to listen to Christian music but I was convinced it was all like the old hymns my parents listen to so I kept refusing. Finally one of them gave me this CD to listen to and it is now my favorite CD! It is so NOT my parents music!

Paige has an amazing voice and a God given gift for writing songs! I can't believe she wrote all the lyrics on the CD! The music is just awesome too. My favorite songs are "Hide Myself in You" and "So Not About Me". In "Hide Myself in You" she says "Sometimes I think it would be easier to die for you than to live for you." Man, is that ever how I feel sometimes! I also love "So Not About Me" because it totally reminds me that my whole life is not about me, but should be completely focused on and for Christ.

Thanks for the reminder, Paige. I would recommend that everyone at least give this CD a listen to. I almost guarantee you will feel a desire to buy it. I listen to it every time I am in the car, working out or messing around on the computer. Nothing I have ever listened to has lifted me up and kept me focused on the important things in life as much as this one has.

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Album: Enter the Danger Brigade
Artist: Calibretto 13
Reviewer: DSMTH


Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

Here is the low down: This band Rocks. They are a Christian Acoustic Punk band (imagine if you will) one of their most popular songs is High Five, to their other songs (my personal favorites) Creep and Goodbye Cruel World. I do dislike is the quickness of the songs, If only they were a wee bit longer.

Their song Creep talks about how some people act like Christians yet they do not truly live a Christian walk with God. Goodbye Cruel World is pondering about why bad things happen to good people and it explains why. The Apple Song is a funky song. It talks about apples and worms and Men and Jesus XD. All in all, I give it a 5 out of 5.

 
Album: Stronger
Artist: Natalie Grant
Reviewer: KD, 28


Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

God is definitely a good God, and He has given us all unique talents and gifts that we may share His word with the world. In Natalie Grant, he's given a beautiful gift of both music and ministry. Natalie's new album, Stronger, just hit stores 6/12/01, and it's wonderful! Who would ever guess that Natalie is a relative newcomer to the Christian Music scene, with her first release just 2 years ago.

Stronger is a montage of beautiful sounds, with diversity throughout. The first single, Keep on Shining, has been performing well on the charts, and understandably, with a solid sound, strong beat, and most-of-all, a great message about God's love that carries us through. For a softer feel, If The World Lost All Its Love, brings a more serene sound, and it's extremely strong and heartfelt.

One highlight to the album is a great collaboration with Plus One called, Whenever You Need Somebody. It's a quintessential love song of the Christian kind, and through a great R&B duet sound, it delivers the message of Christian friendship in the most awesome way!

Natalie Grant has shared God's gifts and God's love in a wonderful way with her music and ministry. Stronger will leave you feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit, and wanting to share His love with the world.

Learn more about Natalie Grant and her ministry at her website.

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Album: Set Free
Artist: Set Free Hip Hop Soldiers
Reviewer: Phil, 21

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

This review is on the band Set Free Hip Hop Soldiers from Screaming Giant Records. This hip hop crew is straight from the street, raised up in a preacher's home. They have seen the devastation of drugs and violence in peoples lives. The album self entitled Set Free talks all about being set free in Jesus! The reggae song If you Love Jesus Like Set Free Does that is off the hook, and their theme song Anthem is being aired nationwide and is one of the Top 20 videos in the USA.

The music is hard-core, yet so uplifting to the spirit. They rap and sing all about Jesus. A must for kids who love hip hop rap. Mj is the producer and his brother chilli is the rapper/singer, they do all their own music in their own studio. They perform in high schools, churches, etc.

Learn more about the band and the album at Set Free's Website.

 
Album: Free to Fly
Artist: Point of Grace
Reviewer: Michelle, 18


Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

If you are familiar with the sounds of Point of Grace, then you are well aware of the unbelievable harmonies they are capable of. Their new album, Free to Fly is no exception, and will leave you feeling both in awe and refreshed. If you've never heard Point of Grace, then you've been missing out on one of the greatest Christian Groups out there today. Songs like He Sends His Love, Blue Skies, and Yes, I Believe demonstrate not only the awesome power of Point of Grace's voices, but also give testimony and praise to Jesus Christ through their encouraging words.

The album has a montage of sounds, ranging from their familiar upbeat sound, slower R&B-style tracks, and some new sounds mixed in. It's a great spectrum and really shows some great diversity in the musical offering coming from Point of Grace.

Free to Fly is a great album, whether you are looking to expand your Point of Grace collection, or just looking for some new music to help you feel the power of the Holy Spirit. Check it out!

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Album: Shine-The Hits
Artist: Newsboys
Reviewer: Bill, 24


Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

The Newsboys, in an effort to reflect and collaborate on the past several years of bringing the word of God direct to you from down under, have just launched a greatest hits album! Like the Newsboys do you? Well, listen to their old CD's no more!

The latest disc has all their hottest, biggest, best, God praising hits! What could be better you ask? Read on... With songs like Not Ashamed, Shine (the original and Mega Mix for 2000!), Take Me To Your Leader, Woohoo, & Step Up To the Microphone there is over an hour of dashboard tappin', hand clappin', sing at the top of your lungs when only God is listening music! But wait......you ask is the song Breakfast on this album? The answer: Does Satan fear our Lord Jesus Christ? Of course Satan fears the Lord and of course the best Newsboys song EVER comes in on track 3! You get it all! I'm not going to give it all away, but let's just say that not only is there all of the best songs these guys have ever done on one CD, but there are also NEW tracks and even a song with Toby "Mac" McKeehan, of DC Talk fame! And despite the best that the Newsboys had to offer, Toby's guest appearance on track 12 thumps!

Toby and the Newsboys are the best they've been in a remake of God is Not a Secret. Just find a friend with some solid bass in the trunk of their car and pop it in and witness the sheer power of the two biggest acts in Contemporary Christian Rock bring the solid, rock steady world of Jesus Christ into your life! God's gift to these groups is unrelenting! So, share these God praising songs with a friend and win them over to the good side...the only side...God's side!

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Album: Welcome to Earth
Artist: Johnny Q. Public
Reviewer: Pyke, Carpenter's Apprentice, 16


Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross
5 out of 5

5 years after their debut album, JQP has come back with their long awaited follow-up, with only half the original band returning. You might remember them when MTV picked up their single, Body Be in 1995. Today, JPQ has a sound reminiscent of the late Smashing Pumpkins, with meaningful lyrics, and remixes of their past hits, Body Be, and Preacher's Kid. JQP is getting a 5 star rating, not only because they can play songs, but because they can play songs that anyone can like. A great CD from any angle.

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Album: Learning to Breathe
Artist: Switchfoot
Reviewer: Pyke, Carpenter's Apprentice, 16

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross  
4 out of 5

3 CDs, 2 years, 1 great band. One of the many bands out of "Southtown" San Diego, Switchfoot has some of the deepest songs I've heard in a Christian band in a while. Songs like I Dare You to Move challenge this listener to act on their faith, while Poparazzi touches the media's obsession with celebrities. All in all, it's a good album, and I'll be waiting the next 2 months or so until their next one. An interesting sidenote-bassist Tim Foreman made the cover artwork himself. Not bad Tim! I dare you to move to the store and get this one.

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Album: Fanmail 2000
Artist: Fanmail
Reviewer: Pyke, Carpenter's Apprentice, 16

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Half Fish Cross
4.5 out of 5

Fanmail, a little known band featuring members of some of Christian music's biggest; Plankeye, Slick Shoes, 90 LB Wuss, the Cooties, etc., has put out its third CD in 2 years with Fanmail 2000. The album contains everything from a fun punk version of I Want it That Way to the more serious lyrics of Hero. All in all, Fanmail 2000 is an excellent CD, with a cover full of nicely done sci-fi artwork. I don't know what the Backstreet Boys think, but I like it this way.

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Album: Glo
Artist: Delirious?
Reviewer: Pyke, Carpenter's Apprentice, 16

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross   Half Fish Cross
3.5 out of 5

Delirious, probably the best British band in this list, has put out yet another great CD. The title track is a live 4 part jam session where the band members play in an effort to give a glimpse of what they do live. This CD is much more worshipful, but at the cost of losing some of the pop-friendly appeal Mezzamorphis had. A great CD for your youth group, and a decent one for you.

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Album: WOW 2001
Artist: Various Artists
Reviewer: Brendon, 17

Rating: Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Full Fish Cross Half Fish Cross
4.5 out of 5

Whether you are new to the world of Contemporary Christian Music or you've been on the scene for years, the latest installment of the WOW series will not disappoint.

This music packed, double-CD set features the 30 biggest hits of the last year, spanning all genres and the hottest artists in Christian Music today. WOW 2001 is divided into 2 discs or tapes, SILVER and BLUE, each offering a slightly different mix. The SILVER disc seems a bit more laid back, with songs from Michael W. Smith (This is Your Time), and Point of Grace (Gather at the River), but it definitely gets the heart and soul moving. The BLUE disc begs to be cranked up with songs from P.O.D. (Set Your Eyes to Zion), Rebecca St. James (Reborn), and Stacie Orrico (Don't Look at Me). With the CD set, there are also some great "extras", including some video clips from Stacie Orrico and others, plus web links that will let you create a custom WOW CD for FREE (you pay for shipping and handling).

The entire set is awesome and because of the variety, can easily hold a comfortable place in the CD player for a long time. If you are looking for either a great way to jump into the world of today's Christian Music, or just looking for a great collection of songs that will let you PRAISE GOD LOUDLY, then check out WOW 2001.

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