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!
Are you ready to read a review of Passion's latest album? If not, then get ready!!!
Salvation’s Tide: Well, I knew I’d expect solid Christian lyrics, check. But style? I was expecting CCM, but that wasn’t 100% so, for they moved on to explore the electrona realm (as the cover suggested), but still keeping the CCM sound. And they pulled it off well! I really liked this soft sounding song that really made me pumped to hear the rest of the album. Yes, let revival flow and others to hear the Gospel of Christ! As I keep listening to it, I’m just loving the lyrics! Thanks, Kristian Stanfill!
My Victory: First off, I have a question: is Crowder a rebranding of David Crowder*Band? Or is this David Crowder as a solo act? (Maybe some fan of Crowder can answer . . . or even someone from Capitol CGM!) But I couldn’t help but feel touched by the lyrics in this song the first time I heard it. Yes, “a cross meant to kill is my victory.” Wonderful song!
Remember: This song by Brett Younker didn’t wow me so much with the first listen, but I keep growing to like it with each passing listen. Now I really like it! And as this song reminds us, we should remember what Jesus did for us. I think we all should take some time to ponder on his sacrifice. So far, this is a song that feels more like the electronic stuff we kinda know, but it still is kinda CCM, mellow and all. Also, it was a good idea for Brett to have the duet with Melodie on the verses! It really gave it some color!
God And God Alone: Chris Tomlin here reminds us to lift God (and God alone) higher in worship because he did so much for us. All the same, I do feel like the song could have been a little stronger (and semi fells reminiscent to “Our God” in some parts, “Oh, what can separate us?”), but it pretty much works as a worship song! Anyways, I kinda liked it.
Simple Pursuit: Wow, this song by Melodie Malone is just amazing! Again, reminding us of the first love of the church. It’s a creed asking God to keep us together and on his paths. Amazing song!
I Turn To Christ: This song is like what a person would sing if he decided to follow Jesus. Yet a simple song, Matt Redman does a good job singing this song. Lyrically, this song is kinda short, but I can see why, but it seems a little odd for some reason.
Your Grace Amazes Me: Christy Nockels here in this song really makes me think. She praises Jesus and asks, “Where else could I go?” Seriously, where else could we go? Quite thought-provoking. We should be in awe of what God did for us.
Quick Christy Nockels Review
I honestly am a Christy Nockels fan. We have her first two albums, but none of Watermark. “Life Light Up” is a really great album with much diversity and she really can sing! But “Into The Glorious” is kinda bland and the songs don’t really stand out from each other (except the first song, which is really upbeat compared to the rest of the album). But surprisingly, everyone else seems to like “Into The Glorious” better than “Life Light Up,” according to some professional reviews (so, that means that this is not a professional review???). In 2015, she released a live album called “Let It Be Jesus.” I have not heard that one as of now. But I think it’s gonna be good!
All We Sinners: Did we rejoice when we were saved? That’s the question this song may pose to you as you listen. But I do feel like Crowder could have sung a little stronger with more triumph in his voice at some points.
Surrender: In my mind, this song from Jimi Cravity is part two of Redman’s “I Turn To Christ.” We give our hearts and our souls to Christ. In my mind, I like this song better than the former, but I didn’t really like the kid choir in the background. It kinda felt a little repetitious and was a little distracting at times. The other samples weren’t this bad. And even this song wasn’t as bad as Lecrae’s Church Clothes, Vol. 1.
Good Good Father: A very fitting close. Kristian praises God for being a wonderful and good, good father. Besides “Simple Pursuit,” I feel like the lyrics on this song was the strongest here and it was quite a treat! (Also, I think Kristian is a great singer! Very passionate when he sings.)
So, my overall thoughts. What do I think?
I feel like the electrona side of the album was played well. It is not your traditional electronic album, with bouncy bubblegum pop or crazy EDM. Instead, it is CCM: mostly electronically synthesized. (And I just looked this up on Wiki: this is their second studio album, with a catalogue that includes fourteen live albums! “The Road To OneDay” is their first. That’s quite interesting!) Honestly, recently I was having a bad day and this music was mellow and soothing to calm me a bit. There’s not really any purely upbeat songs, so if you don’t like mellow stuff, then this album may not please you so much.
With the first listen, I felt the lyrics didn’t feel strong enough, but that was probably because I was not listening to that much worship-based music as of late. True, I still feel the same way with some songs, but as I keep listening to it, I can’t help but really fall in love with some of the lyrics.
Anyways, in the end, this album is actually pretty cool! I hope you all can check it out! In fact, you can get a free copy . . . right here!!!
Yes, I’m holding a giveaway here. You can get a free physical copy of Passion’s “Salvation’s Tide Is Rising!” How cool is that? It’s supposed to come out on January 29th, 2016 (well, I think the digital copies came out on the 1st, heh, heh, not my fault!), but one person can get an early copy for free!
Here’s a few guidelines that I need to share (I just copied and pasted it from the FlyBy Promotion's email (they're the ones who supplied a review copy for me!) I got:
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
So the information needed from you will be your full name (you are allowed to make up your last name, like Laura Owens), your email address, and your preferred mailing address (only the winner will have to supply the last bit of info).
Unfortunately, anyone outside of the United States and Canada can’t enter (sorry, Aussies, but Canadians are in, Christopher Green!). And I’m knocking out anyone who currently works (and their relatives) for Passion or sixsteprecords or any division of Capitol (formerly EMI). And anyone from FlyBy and such. And anyone who already has a copy, of course!
You enter this giveaway by entering the information in the form below. Also, if you post a comment on this post AND sign up for the 164 Outsiders, then you can get another slip in the hat! Whee!
This giveaway closes on January 19th, 2016, the minute before midnight. I’ll pull one name from the hat (or whatever I decide to pull names out of) and your information will be sent to FlyBy so they can give you the prize (email communication may be needed).
If you wish not to give out such information (and talk to strangers), then DON’T ENTER! Heh, heh.
Anyways, there you all go! That’s my review and I do hope I get a few people to enter the giveaway! That’d be awesome!
Thanks to anyone who read this!
God bless you all!
What other Passion reviews are out there?
Hello again! I’m so happy you finished reading my post, and, boy, do I hope you liked it!