All posts filed under: Pop

Album Review ~ Irwin’s Christmas Collection By Matthew Parker

Category General/Mixed Genre Electronic/Pop/Christmas Rating 4 Stars Review Matthew Parker’s Irwin’s Christmas Collection is an interesting EP with an edge, with each of the four songs being a distinct number in it’s own category—from the hilarious Mistletoe Meltdown to the speedy 12 Days of Christmas, to the thrilling Carol of the Bell with a James Bond vibe and danger element, to the worshipful Kindle that tells and honors the birth of Christ, there’s never a dull moment start to finish. Parker’s boldness in exploring multiple themes with his music presents a Christmas treat with delightful results. For something special, something different, something fun, but with the Christmas spirit, Parker’s new drop is a ticket to such an experience. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to DREAM Label Group GM, Lance Brown, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion. About Matthew Parker Matthew Parker grew up in a small town in Michigan. He wasn’t especially interested in music as a kid, but …

Album Review ~ DREAM Christmas Vol. 4 By Various Artists

Category Religious/Christian Genre Holiday/Christmas Release Date November 1, 2019 Rating 4 Stars Review In this fabulous come-together by DREAM’s artists to celebrate and usher in the Christmas spirit, though ultra modern, the songs do a fine job of remaining true to the authentic message of Christmas—ultimately, that Jesus came, Jesus saves, and God is with us. It’s not every version of the classics that endears, but Switch’s Joy opens the volume beautifully, setting the tone for the entire album. The songs that follow, like Joy, prepared with a twist of urban and pop, produce a fresh taste that won’t easily be forgotten. DREAM’S Vol. 4 is an album whose repertoire can span multiple Christmas events—a party, church service, personal worship, etc.—and deeply satisfy. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that  A ‘thank you’ to DREAM Label Group and Lance Brown, DREAM GM, for a free copy in exchange for an honest opinion.  About DREAM Christmas Vol. 4 From the bottom of our hearts we wanted to say …

Album Review ~ Who You Are By Northwood Worship

Category Religious/Christian Genre Urban/Electronic Pop/Praise/Worship Release Date October 25, 2019. Rating 4 Stars Review Who You Are opens with Bright, an anthem of faith and hope for a future that’s in God’s loving and powerful hands. The rhythms are paced beautifully with the instrumentals to allow them to be easily heard and followed. Nothing about the songs is in a rush or too slow; the emphasis is on the deep meaning—and the experience that comes with it—embedded in the seemingly simple lyrics. Who You Are is an album that portrays faith and hope for better days to come, by trusting, loving, and focusing on God and His unfailing love. Who You Are inspires absolute surrendering worship born from this certain hope that is evident in the lyrics and overall music. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to Lance Brown, GM & Senior Partner at DREAM Label Group, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.  About Northwood Worship Northwood Worship is the …

Scoop ~ Interview With Northwood Worship

Northwood Worship is a group of songwriting friends who are also pastors and worship leaders at Northwood Church, whose new album, Who You Are, has a genre that offers the beautiful element of a different taste than the conventional contemporary praise/worship that most worship teams are known for, and they do it in a way that shows diversity and open-heartedness in songwriting, music style and sound. NW took the time to share some thoughts with TBAP today. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello! Super glad to have Northwood Worship visit TBAP today. Tell us a bit about NW? NW: Thanks so much for having us. We are a group of friends that all attend Northwood Church on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We’ve done some different projects over the years, but really got serious to do a new album about 2 years ago. Since that time, we got hooked up with Dream Worship and so we’re excited to seeing this album get out there. Miranda ~ NW has a unique brand of genre, a little different …

Album Review ~ United By Newsboys

Category Religious/Gospel Genre Pop/Rock Rating 5 Stars Review The album opens with the song, Greatness Of Our God, a song that joyfully shouts of God’s power and awesomeness, and the joy of having it all within and about us in full display and glory. The combined force of Michael Tait and Peter Furler, the two frontmen, (coupled with features of Kevin Max and Doug Weier) is a dream come true for every longstanding Newsboys fan. The unity in song and heart paves a way for love that inspires on many fronts—worship, brotherhood, and life in general; a love that says that unity on any level inspired by the Light of God and blessed by Him in worship of Him, is possible. This power-packed album is full of mesmerizing melody and lyrics—definitely shoulder-rolling, head-nodding, and feet-tapping, while being transported in soul and spirit to kneel before God’s Awesomeness in absolute surrender of tremendous joy that can only come from the deepest communion and fellowship from a genuine place of worship, manifested by shouts of praise, jumps …

Album Review ~ Revival Rising By Open Heaven

Category Religious/Christian Genre Classic/Urban Pop Rating 4 Stars Review Open Heaven’s Revival Rising vibes with the classic 70’s pop, and a bit of urban inserted here and there. The music is full of enthused singing and shouts of joy. The trumpeting gives off an aura of heavenly worship, as though painting a picture of things to come on the other side of glory. Open Heaven through Revival Rising, aims to lead God’s children to worship joyfully in an old fashioned sort of way that not only feels familiar in the classic music manner, but opens a new door for worship by celebrating God in such a style. In Revival Rising  Open Heaven courageously claims the 70’s classic pop and offers it to God, as all genres should be—because ALL music was created by and belong to God. We should worship Him in all forms of it. Revival Rising is a bold album with refreshing melody and joyful lyrics, done with heart. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply …

Album Review ~ Control Vol. 2 By Joel Vaughn

Category Religious/Christian Genre Urban Pop Rating 5 Stars Review Control Vol. 2 begins with such energy and vibes that prepare the heart and soul for worship and praise, as is mirrored in the opening song, Unreserved. Joel Vaughn brings the flavor unique to him that breathes passion and unreserved surrender to a God he believes in, and this shines through in his voice and music. It’s impossible to miss—and almost unforgivable not to mention—the undeniable growth of the singer and songwriter in Vaughn. The increased confidence in craft is evident, amiable, contagious, and inspiring, as though Vaughn not only knows what He is about, but believes the truth preached in his music, lives by them, and now offers them to the world. Since Control Vol. 2 picked up from where Vol. 1 left off (read the TBAP review here), the same theme runs through—Letting Go and Letting God, which is the best decision any individual could ever make. The songs portray various situations and circumstances where faith may be tested, and the believer is reminded …