Wednesday, July 27, 2011
CD Reviews - I Can't Help Myself
Okay, just kidding - my posts are for you as well as me! I called a friend to leave her a message of Lacrae's bonus track off of his Rehab CD. It's all about giving props to his wife, and it's entirely catchy. The other tracks to highlight are "God is Enough," "Used to do it to," and "Gotta Know." I appreciate the sensitivity and brokenness in these songs and how they pointedly address the "stuff" that can cause a divided heart. The CD calls it like it is and therefore is one of humility in large. Many listeners have heard "Background" which is the most mellow track of them all, and I was appreciative of the uptempo songs.
Group 1 Crew is another Christian group who appreciates the art of dance. In fact, I was caught twice at stoplights dancing with my kids. This was our favorite CD for the summer. Both "Outta Space Love" and "Rehab" are at the Sioux Falls library.
Selah's "Hope of the Broken World" will be released in stores August 23rd. This group reminds me so much of the Mamas & the Papas or more recently Casting Crowns that I hear both of them on and off through their music. The title track "Hope of the Broken World" identifies most with the elements of God's creation and the names of God. "He'll Hold You" is a beautiful ballad with comfort in the conviction of the vocals. Again in "Turn to You" I found the harmonies more pronounced and a song with a lot of impact. The first song on the CD "On the Mountain" is a song by Christa Wells, whose most known for "Held," but is also a vocal artist herself. Look for "My Best Medicine" by Christa Wells.
And last, but not least, my boy Josh. The last two Josh Groban CD's I've gotten have been gifts from my wonderful husband. He knows he can't sing along to Josh Groban. Three songs on the CD I found on the romantic side "Hidden Away," "Galileo" and "Straight to You." "Higher Window" was written beautifully with a powerful message, and really "Galileo" made me think! Leave it to Josh. I appreciated how the perspectives were brought to light - how we can't get lost in the creation of the world, but we need to focus on the Creator. He says, "Love can make you ask some funny questions," maybe not so much funny but important!