All posts filed under: Album Feature

Album Review ~ AWOL By Kevin Max

Category General Genre Rock/Electric Release Date June 8, 2018. Rating 4.5 Stars Review In this 70’s style rock feature, Max presents AWOL with a unique flavor of general mixes that isn’t often heard, with deeply metaphorical lyrics that have an eccentric quality to them, which are endearing in their unique sort of way. Max aims to bare his soul—no holding back—as he presents an overall story that includes struggles, victories, adventures, celebrations, deep thoughts, beliefs and [almost] everything in-between so that its message is an honest experience of human life and dreams. AWOL is strikingly thought-provoking, eccentrically deep, and uniquely entertaining. About Kevin Max Often perceived as the eccentric, attention-seeking member of the CCM trio DC Talk, Kevin Max grew up outside of Grand Rapids, MI. Formerly known as Kevin Smith, music played a vital part in his formative years. Max started singing at the age of four and remembers “being carted around to schools, churches, and radio programs.” He attended college at Virginia’s Liberty University, where he met fellow DC Talk members Toby McKeehan …

Album Review ~ Sweetness & Sorrow By Jonny Diaz

Category Religious/Christian Genre Rock Release Date June 8, 2018. Rating 4.5 Stars Review A baring of the soul, the truth of the gospel, a love song, an encouragement to a brother/sister—all these are entwined in the album’s whole to produce a revealing cascade of what Christian living is all about. The thoughtful lyrics are clearly born from a place of soulful depth and is inescapably thought-provoking, so that you nod your head in acknowledgment of its truth as you meditate and enjoy the overall high quality music. There couldn’t have been better words than “Sweetness” and “Sorrow” to merge together to describe the essence of this album—not that it denotes any form of tragedy, but that in the realness of life, though the two are mingled together, with Jesus in the center of it all, the overall outcome is blessed faith, increased love, and greater hope. You can’t miss these three in the music of Sweetness & Sorrow.

Album Review ~ Seasons By Chris August

Category Religious/Christian Genre Pop/Blues Release Date June 1, 2018. Rating 5 Stars Review There’s a maturity about August’s Seasons—pop music steeped in traditional blues to reveal lyrics that speak directly to the heart, and overall music that touches the soul. August’s music reflects his deep passion for God and music—no turning back! The metaphors in the lyrics are stunningly accurate in the way they reveal the truth of the soul that yearns for God, but is powerless on its own. You can clearly see that the Seasons Album is a love song between August and Jesus. Pay attention to Delivery and Moonlight songs—so beautiful! Definitely wow-worthy. In my opinion, Chris August’s Seasons is the hottest drop yet on the Christian music scene this 2018. Indescribably lovely! Unbelievably stunning! About Chris August I love writing, producing and mixing music. I started on an old 4-track tape recorder when I was 15 and never stopped. My new record, Seasons, is a little unlike any other record I’ve done. I didn’t have a certain theme or sound in …

Album Review ~ Faithful By Teresa Peterson

Category Religious/Christian Genre Acoustical Pop Release Date June 1, 2018. Rating 4 Stars Review Softly, beautifully, Teresa Peterson’s voice, heart, and songs invoke a calm and joy that let’s you know she receives from Jesus what she offers her listeners. The urban country-like tune, with a hint of pop and acoustic, produces a blend of music that is fantastically soothing, and at the same time, danceable. The lyrics are a revelation of a heart full of praise, faith, and trust in God, which also invites others through music (and apart from it) to do the same. Faithful is a beautiful album that shows that Peterson’s intent is to point people to Jesus.   About Teresa Peterson Teresa’s journey of faith and music began in earnest when she felt a call from God at 16 years old saying, “I desire for you to sing for me and for them.” Through her music, she openly shares the struggles she has faced in this walk and the deep truth of God’s continued faithfulness. Her refreshing honesty and vibrant …

Album Review ~ Moments By UPPERROOM

Category Religious/Christian Genre Contemporary Rock/Worship Release Date May 18, 2018. Rating 4 Stars Review Passionate shouts of worship from the voices of Abbie Simmons, Meredith Mauldin, SarahBeth Smith, and Elyssa Smith, showcase hearts that are sincere in their worship of God, boldly displaying their faith through music as they invite and lead others to do the same. The depth of passion is unmistakable and most prominent in UPPERROOM’s music as it offers a glimpse that let’s one believe they’ve indeed dined with Jesus and are willing to share what they’ve received in abundance—this is the heart and desire of the Master! That all would come to Him and receive life and the passion to truly live.

Album Review ~ God Of The Impossible By Lincoln Brewster

Category Religious/Christian Genre Pop/Rock/Praise/Worship Release Date May 4, 2018. Rating 4 Stars Review In his ever classic pop/rock style of praise and worship, Brewster hits the music scene with another fantastic drop that blesses the soul and entertains the heart in a way that tells you there’s more where that came from. There’s an evident overflow from Brewster’s faith that testifies that God is real and is good. It shows in his grateful praise, adoring worship, and overflowing joy. God Of The Impossible was meant to lead hearts into a realm of complete surrender and trust before the God Who in His presence there is love, peace, joy, and comfort—endlessly! About Lincoln Brewster For as long as he can remember, music has been an integral part of Lincoln Brewster’s life. By age two, he was using broken drumsticks  to keep  time at his  mom’s band rehearsals. At age five, he was playing the mandolin for tourists in a port town in Alaska. And by age nine, he had picked up the electric guitar. But music …

Album Review ~ Day Of Redemption By Jabari Johnson

Category Religious/Gospel Genre Urban Jazz Release Date May 4, 2018. Rating 4.5 Stars Review When listening to Day of Redemption album, it is inevitable that the joyful singing, praise, and worship will lead to the lifting and clapping of hands, tapping of feet, and surrendering of hearts to the Lord, Jesus, Who is God that is ever good and leaves no doubt in our hearts that He is so. Johnson’s overflowing joy creates an enthused atmosphere that displays the timeless and classic nature of true worship that cannot be compared with anything else—because it offers a glimpse of heaven. The trumpet-enthused songs invite worshippers of God to come together and unite in praise, dancing, and worship—you can see that this is the true intent of Jabari Johnson in putting together Day of Redemption! About Jabari Johnson It’s rare that you find a millennial artist with a passion for Christ that bleeds through every opportunity he stands among believers and friends. Jabari Johnson is an individual who puts his whole heart into every lyric and note. …