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  • All Sons and Daughters “The All Sons and Daughters Collection” Album Review

    Not too long ago, Integrity Music broke the template when it came to worship music. They signed two left-of-center acts, namely Rend Collective and All Sons and Daughters. Both teams had sounds that were tangent to the predominantly rock-based norm then. At the risk of caricature, they have carved a nu-folk niche that opens up a rustic vestige to worship music that was refreshing and different.

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  • I AM THEY “Trial and Triumph” Album Review

    For a worship album that doesn't bypass the complexities of life's trials and for a record that praises God with a realistic joy, I AM THEY's sophomore album has it all. This is indeed a stellar worship album; you can forget the sophomore slum when it comes to I AM THEY.

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  • Passion “Whole Heart” Album Review

    Passion's latest album "Whole Heart" is as big as the crowd that came to its live recording. A conference that is designed to minister to youngsters in high schools and universities, the event had drawn in over 32,000 students this year garnered from 35 countries. This album, a live recording of the worship music at the conference, is just as big.

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  • MercyMe "I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best of MercyMe" Album Review

    MercyMe made talking about heaven and the afterlife cool again. Within the milieu of Western society, no topic scatters a crowd quicker than talking about death. But in 2001, MercyMe burst onto the musical scene and top the charts with a party pooper. "I Can Only Image" is one of the most sober and most celebratory treatise of heaven on this side of the Millennium. The song was unequivocally embraced by almost every genre of music, from AC to rock to pop to Christian and even country, making it the group's signature song!

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  • Guy Penrod “Blessed Assurance” Album Review

    "Blessed Assurance" is part of this cycle as Penrod again revisits 11 hymns done in his inimitable country style. There's nothing wrong with a hymns album except that this is Penrod's third one with each released only a couple of years apart. Does Guy Penrod seriously want to make his career out of merely singing hymns and songs associated with other acts?

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  • Michael W. Smith “A Million Lights” and “Surrounded” Albums Review

    Michael W. Smith has been known to craft songs without any expiration dates. After more than three decades, his song "Friends" is still the soundtrack of countless graduations, farewell parties, and funerals.

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  • Johnny Minick & the Stewart Brothers “Johnny Minick & the Stewart Brothers” Album Review

    Johnny Minick & the Stewart Brothers' debut album for Gaither Music is an important record. These are songs that put the adjective "western" back into music. These songs resurrect a music genre that was once a vital fabric of American music. Back in the 1940s right into the 60s, western or cowboy music was a piece of American culture and history.

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  • ** CLASSIC CHRISTIAN ALBUM *** Susan Ashton "The Thief" EP Review

    So, what is this EP like? As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, the album cover is most telling. The cover depicts a black crow perched on a tree branch. Perhaps because of their plumage, their unnerving calls and their tendency to eat carrion, crows are often symbolic of being harbingers of gloom and sin. Likewise these songs revolve around how often we have allowed Satan (the thief) to bring us gloom because we do not know how to face up to our sins.

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  • Mark Bishop “A Different Light” Album Review

    Mark Bishop is a storyteller extraordinaire. With a keening eye towards the minute details of life's happenstance, Bishop flourishes a three dimensional realism in his story-songs that we can't help but be drawn in, not as a spectator, but as a member of the story's plotline.

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  • Paul Baloche “Ultimate Collection” Album Review

    So, after all these years, what's the secret of Baloche's success? Baloche knows how to hold the perfect pitch between memorability, depth and diversity.

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