I must first state this - There is a two songs sampler of the album on noisetrade - you can also listen to the other songs via the website listed below. I obtained the full album from Luke Martens for the purpose of writing a full review, the opinions that I give are my own.
5 "I Can't Win" in the sampler above - Immediately like the guitar.. and the progression of instruments is nice.. I liked the slow start to the 'power' feel as it goes.. then it seems to ebb and flow with it.. very nice. (this may very well be the first song to ever make me look up a word (besetting) ) The message here is wonderful! Coming to the realization that we are in this battle with sin.. and cannot win.. who to turn to? CHRIST! .. then ending with the soft acoustic .. oh yeah! nice touch!!
5 "Whatever" in the sampler above - The message grabbed me first here - The call for accountability in ones own life.. if we could do this.. freely at any moment.. I am certain that this world would truly be a better place! I honestly thought that with a title like "whatever" this was going to be a bit negative.. due to the teenage "Whatever!" attitude,, but this was encouraging and hard seeking of the Lord! "Whatever it takes - take me with you!" "I'm not gonna make it on my own"
5 "Casualties of War" - I think the biggest and hardest thing to do as a person.. as a sinner turned 'saint' is to learn how to 'give up' properly.. how to give to God.. when you don't do it right.. when you grasp hard onto the hardship and hurts .. you become a "Casualty" ... learning to give that fight to God.. and doing it right.. it makes it so much better.. and you don't beat yourself up so much.. (this reminds me a lot of a song I listened to over and over and over when I was younger - "tug of war" by Thread - here is an obscure review of that album http://www.tollbooth.org/review99/thread.html )
4 "Grace" - Again.. love the strings in the beginning .. starting in the darkness.. moving into the hope.. and the majesty of "Grace" that is the gift that God gives through His son! "When you look in my direction .. see your Son instead of me" beautiful wording! (we also just talked about that with our Children's Church)
- A old style rock feel.. heavy on the drums.. This is more of a standard type song.. light feel to it .. not extremely deep .. but still a good and clear message... Maybe an Ecclesiastes idea with Christ as the focal point.. knowing that He makes all things have a true and pure point.. ok.. maybe a little deep.. lol
3 "Promise Land" - This oddly had a country feel to it.. seems a bit misplaced in the album.. but it still holds the basic feel of the rest due to the vocals and the message ... I did like the message .. The hope for the almighty in the future.. our belonging to another world..
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