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On the Altar of Love

DownhereAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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He speaks quietly, but when Jason Germain, co-lead singer and guitarist of Canadian band Downhere talks about their new album, Ending Is Beginning, he might as well be singing to the skies.

“First of all, we’re not ending as a band, not by any stretch,” Germain points out, laughing. “But the title does reflect the idea of coming to the end of yourself, of letting ... Read more in Amazon's Downhere Store

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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Centricity Records
  • ASIN: B005CAAX0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 album from the Canadian Christian band. If their last record was a light-in-the-darkest-places announcement that "the end is really just the beginning," then On The Altar Of Love arrives as an artfully textured but heartfelt declaration that, "True progress might mean we have to go backwards." As students of history, Downhere have come to recognize and appreciate the fact that their faith is not simply their own--but that it's part of a much larger communion of believers that stretches across cultures and thousands of years. And while we might have the privilege of bearing that torch during the short span of our own lives, they would say it's important to recognize it's not a torch we lit. It's one that was passed to us by generations of faithful saints, and it's one that we'll soon enough be passing on to those who follow us.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! August 25, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is an album that you will want to listen to again and again. Downhere has put out an album here that is melodic yet diverse. Every song is "catchy" yet not like a lot of the same stuff you hear over and over again on Christian radio. Lyrically, I think from beginning to end that Downhere got more personal and less vague than they have in previous albums. And then vocally, there is no doubt now that Marc Martel has the best voice in Christian music. This is an album you want to pour over and analyze all the while enjoying every moment of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Downhere [On the Altar of Love] August 23, 2011
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One of Christian music's premier bands, Downhere, returns with their eagerly anticipated new fifth studio album, On The Altar Of Love on Centricity Music.As students of history, Downhere band members Jeremy, Jason, Marc and Glenn have come to recognize and appreciate the fact that their faith is not simply their own--but that it's part of a much larger communion of believers that stretches across cultures and thousands of years. The new album is a pop-driven project that offers a positive outlook for our future, while maintaining the integrity and artistry of Downhere, one of my all-time favorite bands. All songs on the album were written by Jason Germain and Marc Martel. "Let Me Rediscover You," the first single from the album, was written by Marc Martel two weeks before Downhere entered the recording studio for On The Altar Of Love.

On The Altar Of Love is being described as one of the most "pop-friendly" albums that Downhere has recorded to date, with heartfelt lyrics that are a return to the core of Christianity. To me, that description is apt in describing that if you've enjoyed the band's previous hit songs "The More," "Here I Am," "My Last Amen," "Hope Is Rising" and "How Many Kings," then you need to pick up this masterpiece immediately as every single song is catchy, engaging and loaded with Downhere's signature gorgeous harmonies. If you aren't familiar with this incredible band, this is a great primer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot say enough! September 30, 2011
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First of all, let's talk about music style. Downhere is a four-man band, with guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. However, they also have skills with trumpets, spoons, banjos, and more...not counting the studio musicians that come in and play a bit more. One bright spot to me about Downhere in general is that a live drummer as part of the band helps with the creative process. Drum tracks just aren't as fun.

Second, let's talk lyrics. At the end of this review, I've embedded the video to "Let Me Rediscover You." This song captures the strength of songwriting on this album. It does more than rhyme or have catchy lyrics. Rather, Marc, Jason, Glenn, and Jeremy have captured the simple complexity of the Gospel and set it to music that "Of all the mysteries still, the greatest to me is that You're faithful when I fall." It's the timeless truth of God's unending, unswerving grace alongside His holiness and majesty.

Further on lyrics are the words to "Thank You for the Heartbreak" asking "How can a love be a love without a cost?" These themes are developed and strong throughout the album. The lyrics have clear Scriptural connections and striking imagery. I'd reproduce it all here, but you need to hear it instead.

Then there is album flow to consider. In the age of iTunes and MP3 players, some artists have reached a point that they don't really build an album but instead bundle a group of singles for sale. This isn't an album to buy track-by-track. The ebbs and flows of the album together play well, though dividing them into your mix will work as well.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer music, great message... October 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Having been introduced to Marc Martel thru the Queen auditions, I was quite surprised to find that he was in a Christian band. I have certainly known many such acts over the decades, and was not particularly interested in hearing another one at this time. However, a few listens to Downhere on YouTube changed my view in short order. The album On the Altar of Love is beyond question my favorite of the genre. These guys are no rock poseurs, they know their instruments and can produce transcendent music. This album is a joy to experience! Don't miss it, regardless of your position on Christian doctrine. Who knows, it may start to give you a whole new outlook on how rock and worship can really be the 'Reeses' of contemporary music. A solid 5 stars in my book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's growing on me. October 28, 2011
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Downhere's 2008 release Ending is Beginning was my first encounter with Downhere and it quickly became one of my favorite albums from top to bottom of all time. I must admit being slightly disappointed my first couple of listens to "On the Altar of Love." The tune "Let Me Discover You" however stood out as a fantastic and well versed reminder of the importance of bringing back the joy of my salvation every day. It still stands out as the pinnacle track on this release and is the one tune I really look forward to hearing each time I listen. However, nothing else really comes close. The title track, "The Altar of Love" is a great tune and yet the bluegrass riff at the end is just way too short. Every time I listen I am disappointed that there isn't more. Every song ranges in length from 3 minutes to 4:30. Frankly, sometimes I just want more from a song. Check out Chris Tomlin's early release "Not to Us" for an example of adding music after the lyrical segment is over in a song.

While this release does often lack the punch musically, it never disappoints lyrically. There is a real life transparency to each song that, to be honest, just doesn't make it known in most contemporary releases. Marc Martel's vocals continue to stand out though Jason Germain is a nice complement. But for this forty something listener who ended up dumping most of my early secular music (Queen, Alan Parsons, Pink Floyd, Rush) once I gave Christ the reins on my life, Martel's vocals is a pleasant re-birth of those earlier male vocalists.

Overall, this recording, even after 20+ listens, just lacks something, and a rating of 3 stars seems appropriate. However, I still recommend buying the entire album, because frankly paying one dollar for a song like "Let Me Discover You" just isn't right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
definately a winner
Published 3 days ago by DaffyCascade
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME Album
I love this album! The band is a little quirky, the music is upbeat. I knew a few songs from the radio--some of which I didn't even know were going to be on this CD--and I can... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dark Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars B-day Gift
This was a B-day gift. I am not really sure how it is, but i know most of their music is good.
Published 10 months ago by PG
1.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed
I just cannot appreciate contemporary praise music like many others do. It is difficult to distinguish the instrument sounds and lyrics. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars A little mellower the previous work
A slightly different style than Downhere's previous work, but still up to their same high standards. Not a big fan of the cardboard envelope packaging. Recommended.
Published 16 months ago by MN-Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album
This band is talented and creative. Its too bad they have disbanded. I enjoy the song writing talents within this group and their ability to put out quality music that inspires and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Shana Cardoza
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Altar of Love
This CD was ordered for my grand daughter for Christmas. I was not able to find it at any stores so was glad it was available on line.
Published 17 months ago by Bonnie J. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars No mistake here
Unfortunately this group has disband. Which makes owning their music more precious. And this album was no mistake in ordering. Read more
Published 18 months ago by BlueBirdie
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad this group is breaking up
This is a great CD. It has uplifting songs and songs of redemption. The 2 lead singer's voices compliment each other so well.
Published 18 months ago by Tom Temple
5.0 out of 5 stars love this CD
Love this CD and is just the best listening music, enjoy all of their CD's have 3 others of theirs and are all good
Published 20 months ago by mountain girl
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