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All That Matters is that You Buy This Album
on March 23, 2009
My first experience with Addison Road was their radio single "Hope Now." For some reason, that song made an impact with me; it stood out as a beautifully poetic, energizing, articulate ballad in the midst of its merely "good" peers. So, I was excited at the opportunity to see Addison Road perform at the "Rock and Worship Road Show" alongside MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, 10th Avenue North, and Hawk Nelson. Although they only held the stage for 3, maybe 4 songs, Addison Road made an impression. At 8.5 months pregnant, a slower pace and some breathlessness were expected, but lead singer Jenny Simmons bounced around the stage like a 4-year-old on a sugar high, and she belted out her energetic lines with clarity and seemingly boundless enthusiasm. When she came back out for an acoustic performance of "What Do I Know of Holy?", I was sold as an Addison Road fan.
After the concert, I listened to the CD several times. Addison Road strikes me as "Superchick for adults." They don't settle into a single sound for the entire album, which is nice when listening all the way through; you don't get bored. "All That Matters" forces you to move and makes passers-by look at you oddly; "Sticking With You" keeps you in that mood. As I mentioned before, "Hope Now" is just beautiful and mesmerizing to listen to. "It Just Takes One" is a solidly Superchick-ish single. And so forth; all decent songs, with some outstanding ones.
That final ballad, though, is really what sold me. "What Do I Know of Holy?" I'm trying to find the most poignant line or two to include in my review, but I'd have to post the whole thing. It's just such a wake-up call to those of us who think we know "all there is to know" about God. Sometimes we need a bit of a reality check to remember just how insignificant we really are in comparison to God. It makes the fact that He cares about (and died for) each of us individually that much more awesome and incomprehensible. This song has been going through my head for a week now, and I can't thank Addison Road enough for giving it to the world.
Bottom line, support this band; they have a lot more to give us in the years to come.