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  • Jon Thurlow “Different Story” Album Review

    Though comparisons can be caricature, Jon Thurlow sounds like the Elton John or Billy Joel of this generation. His way around the ivory keys of the piano meshed with the pop sensibilities of today certainly set him apart from many of his peers. Moreover, Thurlow is committed to an essential component of music that has been sidelined for far too long: the importance of a strong melodic structure.

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  • Soul Survivor “The Promise” Album Review

    Soul Survivor's newest Integrity Music release "The Promise" holds lots of promising potential as far as impacting the kingdom of God is concerned. Right from the first note to the last, this album is jammed pack with Holy Spirit-moments where you can feel the hearts of the team's worship leaders, namely Tom Smith, Beth Croft, Guvna B, and Rend Collective, being given over to the Lordship of Jesus.

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  • Kutless “Alpha/Omega” Album Review

    Over the course of Kutless' career, they have oscillated between hard rock and worship music. Therefore, they have had alternated between the releases of original song-albums where they would make their electric guitars work overtime and cover albums where they would take current worship staples and add their rocking signature touches to them. With this year's release, they have decided to merge their two genres together on "Alpha/Omega."

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  • Hannah Kerr “Emmanuel” EP Review

    In this age of (illegal) digital downloading and streaming, it's become less and less economically viable to release a 10-track album. Nowadays, artists have to be content with the release of EPs. Though ardent fans may gripe about this, but in many cases, this has forced many singers to filter out any filler cuts. This is certainly the case with Hannah Kerr's six-song EP "Emmanuel." From the first note to the last, every song on this EP is a winner.

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  • Paul Baloche “For Unto Us (Christmas Worship Live from London)” Album Review

    Is Paul Baloche stuck in a writer's block? It seems that every other year, Baloche has had a Christmas album released. "For Unto Us (Christmas Worship Live from London)" is the third offering in what seems like an endless cycle of Christmas projects the veteran worship leader has had been pushing.

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  • Francesca Battistelli "Greatest Hits: the first ten years" Album Review

    "Greatest hits" collections are an interesting genre in themselves. They allow us to map the artistic evolution of a singer especially when the songs are arranged in a chronological order. This is certainly true of Francesca Battistelli's latest package. "Greatest Hits: the first ten years" puts us in the front seat as we witness how Battistelli starts to evolve slowly but surely from being a consummate CCM pop artist to become more of a contemporary worship artist.

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  • The Perrys “A Very Perry Christmas” Album Review

    When producer Wayne Haun and the Perrys unite, magic happens. If you are familiar with Haun, you would know that he's one of the most awarded musician in CCM. This comes as no surprise as Haun is a connoisseur in bringing us back to the sepia tone era of Frank Sinatra where music was romantic and affecting. Haun's stellar use of string orchestration is something that deserves multiple standing ovations.

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  • Meredith Andrews “Receive Our King” Album Review

    Christmas albums are a tricky affair. If an artist decides to go the traditional route by tackling solely the seasonal carols, they are bound to get criticisms for being a slough. Then if she decides to do originals, comparisons with the standard carols are bound to emerge. Meredith Andrews has decided to take the middle road of half and half, where she mixes the more contemporary compositions with the tried-and-true. But she doesn't just divide the songs neatly between the two camps.

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  • Point of Grace “Sing Noel” Album Review

    After all these years, Point of Grace still sounds angelic with their gorgeous harmonies. Time has been very gracious to them: they still have flurry layers of tenderness and verve like they did back in the 90s. In the 90s, these girls were unstoppable. Each single that they released was fated for the #1 position, thus making them one of the most successful groups in CCM.

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  • ICF Worship “The Journey: A Collection” Album Review

    Every worship leader ought to have this album in their collection. If you have had ever led worship in church before you would know that songs that are conterminously (1) singable for the congregation, (2) Biblical and theological in content, and (3) not individualistically trite and not cycling along the endless loops of repeated clichés are rare.

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