Category Archives: Reviews
Tobin Bawinkel and his new project 6’10,” dropped the thrashing guitars and bagpipes of in his usual gig, Celtic Punk band Flatfoot 56, and has gone unplugged. Read on for the full review.
Continuing their union of melancholy and redemption, the album is consistent from start to finish. Blending the traditional singer-songwriter template with contemporary sensibilities, it may be a modern classic. So if you’re sick of today’s mainstream music, Medicine is the perfect remedy.
Review : Aaron Strumpel – Bright Star
Aaron Strumpel continues to push against the limits of Christian music, and although Bright Star may not be his most experimental, it’s a fine showcase for the care, creativity, and simple beauty of his music.
Mike Farris brings an amazing combination of rock/blues, Gospel, R&B, New Orleans Jazz to his latest release. But, it’s really his soulful voice that does the real shining on the Grammy Nominated ‘Shine for All The People.’ Read on for the full review.
Review : The Soil & The Sun – Meridian
Meridian is a musical onslaught, an aural tempest which drowns out all else until The Soil & The Sun is all that you know.
Review : The Collection – Ars Moriendi
The Collection’s latest album, Ars Moriendi, is a set of poignant, beautiful reflections of death, doubt, and faith set against a lush, orchestral folk backdrop.
Review : Talkie – Talkie EP
Talkie is the band that I always knew I needed to hear. Now you should hear them too. Check out my review of their grungy debut EP.
Review : The Frozen Ocean – Skeleton Key
‘Skeleton Key’ is the passion product of a man named Dave. The name “Dave” might sound ordinary and not that interesting. Dave is one of the most common names out there. What could he possibly bring to the table that any other Dave can’t provide to us already? Dave Swanson is actually quite the contrary to that.
Review : Misty Edwards – Little Bird
Misty Edwards has been going to IHOP in Kansas City, KS for over 15 years now. No, not the pancake restaurant (though maybe she has, I don’t follow worship leader’s eating habits). This is the review for Misty’s latest album, ‘Little Bird’
Review : Lil’ Dre – Homework
Lil’ Dre is back. Having tackled marriage and a few kids since his last album, Dre brings an amazing perspective on what it means to put Christ first and working on your home life second. Intelligent, catchy, and FREE (for following @lildrechurchboy on Twitter). Lil’ Dre’s “Homework” is perhaps the album to beat in the early part of this year.
Provided with an advance reading copy from Baker Books, I reviewed Lacey Sturm’s first published book “The Reason”.
Levi the Poet is like Edgar Allen Poe minus the mustache, raven, and overall grimness. Basically, they both write poems. Here is a review of Levi’s latest spoken word/music mashup.
A review of The Classic Crime’s bookmark acoustic record. It has a tipping (or levitating?) chair on the cover which automatically makes it awesome.
Review : Sullivan – Heavy is the Head
My review of Sullivan’s recent comeback album, Heavy is the Head, from Spartan Records.
(There is that word again. Heavy. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with Earth’s gravitational pull?)
Screaming truth against the backdrop of blistering riffs, Memphis based What We Do in Secret bombards the ears with a brand of Spirit-filled ruckus sure to excite even a casual fan of hardcore. Read the review here.
Mint-fresh review of the crowdfunded holiday EP from Christian rock’s beloved heroes.
After a decade of high-quality lyrical theology, Stephen wanted to show what it looked like in his life. Long-time listeners may grumble, but you can’t knock Stephen for trying something different. He aims to show & relate rather than teach & debate. And honestly, he pretty much succeeds on every level.
Review : Bellarive – Before There Was
Bellarive’s latest album, “Before There Was,” is an intriguing blend of innovation and mainstream worship, which ultimately disappoints.