Hello, there! I’m Christopher, which you should have known if you saw my cute little green logo. So, let me not distract you from the following post. I hope you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’re done reading it! Enjoy!
The lights are off. You can’t see a thing. Then someone turns on the lights.
“OUCH!!!” you yell. “It’s kinda bright.” You forget that it’s REALLY bright.
But then you remember that you can see and you start to appreciate that fact.
Aren’t you glad someone turn the lights on for you? I mean, it was hard to find the light switch, especially noting the fact that it’s hard to find it when it’s dark.
Voicemail Intro: This starts off the album with Mandisa’s friends calling in and making sure that she is okay and that they still love her. This, I will say, is my favorite interlude of the whole album. It shows how much people were loving her and pursuing her as she was hiding herself away. I love this. It is very beautiful and very touching.
Out Of The Dark: Now we head to the title track. I like this song lyrically, but I’m not too huge on it stylistically. If you know me well enough, you know that I’m not to huge on brass. I guess this track was a little too funky for me. Honestly, I would really be interested to hear a rock take on this. Maybe RED could do something with it. The perfect follow-up to “Darkest Part,” in my humble opinion.
It is more apparent than ever. We are just at odds with each other and things aren’t getting better. Why are races still clashing? Why can’t we talk about politics? Why are we so hateful to our president, for goodness sakes? Because we all have one thing in common: we are sinners.
And let me just quickly say this: please stop attacking President Donald Trump. I don’t care if you’re left, right, or in the middle. He is our President and he deserves our respect. Why can’t we just give him that? I don’t know. I am sick and tired of the hypocrites calling him out. Please just give him a chance and stop the talks of impeachment. I have learned to respect even President Obama and Secretary Clinton, despite the fact that I don’t like them and disagree with them. Unless it is shown for all that any of the three are actually criminals, they deserve our respect and we should stop dissing any of them. We can give our opinions, but let us stop being so critical. (I could go on and on, but I’ll stop with this. Just love your enemies and pray for those who seem to be against you.)
People are trying to right wrongs “with force instead of prayer,” as J. Jackson sings in the ApologetiX song “The Sound Of Sirens,” my favorite song of 2016. Kirk Franklin shared in his speech 2 Chronicles 7:14: “if my people . . . will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
So let us repent and turn back to God.
While I still prefer ApologetiX’s take on this topic, this Mandisa song is still amazing.
One additional thing, this song features the National Praise and Worship Institute Choir At Trevecca Nazarene University. Isn’t that the college Josh and Jordan Taylor of Blimey Cow attended???
Comeback Kid: I like how this song reminds us that God is always on our side and helps us win. We can stand up again and fight. This song has a nice drive, but it’s not one of my favorites. But one cool bonus is that Hollyn does background vocals on this song (and the previous song as well).
Mothdisa Interlude: Man, I couldn’t believe how much I was cringing during this interlude. I am not a bug fan, and I didn’t like the thought of a spider devouring a moth. So I was quite relieved to hear that the moth got away. And I like the application at the end.
The One He Speaks Through: This is a stand-out song! I think this song can be so encouraging to those who think they aren’t making a difference. God can use any of us to speak to others. When my best friend, Taylor, was sharing his testimony, I was surprised to hear him mention me, along with his girlfriend, as one who constantly encourages him and helps him stay rooted in the Lord. How touching! I never knew I made that much of an impact!!! On my homepage, you can see several comments talking about how much I encouraged others through my blog posts. God uses us in amazing ways. He will use you. Never forget that.
Shine: I hate to say this, but the opening beats made me instantly think “Shape Of You.” (By the way, Beckah Shae did a parody of that song and now it’s “I Worship You!” Awesome sauce!) But this song is pretty cool, reminding us that we are the light of the world and we can be the light in the darkest night. Be the light in someone’s life who is feeling down. They could really use it.
My First Love: Oh, the perfect follow-up to Stryper’s song “First Love.” The girl in that song had decided to live for herself instead of the Lord. Michael Sweet’s voice soulfully sings “There is no love like your first love.” And I just think of this song as the girl’s response years later, saying “I wanna go back to where it all began. I wanna go past the walls that hold me in.” After hearing the chorus, I was wondering how well Jeremy Camp would fit in this song, but it’s pulled off well. Really great song!
Okay, so how are the deluxe tracks? Are they just B-sides?
Shame Off: Mandisa mentioned that she was dealing with insecurity, and this song declares that she wants to “take the shame off.” I really liked this song! While I don’t know where it could have fit in the album, it isn’t much of a B-side in my mind!
Keep Getting Up: Why does the beginning of this song sound so familiar? (I did some thinking and it reminds me of a song called “Where I Need To Be” by Newsong Worship Band. My dad used to go to a church called Newsong and they did a couple albums. It’s available via Bandcamp.) This song is a Ronnie Freeman cover. I kinda liked the song, but it doesn’t really stand out too much.
Back To Life: This is an All About Worship cover, which Anthony Evans also covered. And this song is amazing! I love this song! What an amazing worship song!!! My, this is good and the perfect ending to the album. (And I thought “My First Love” was the perfect ending track!)
My favorite songs (I think . . .):