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The Altar and the Door

Casting CrownsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reunion
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What This World Needs
2. Every Man
3. Slow Fade
4. East To West
5. The Word Is Alive
6. The Altar And The Door
7. Somewhere In The Middle
8. I Know You're There
9. Prayer For A Friend
10. All Because Of Jesus

Editorial Reviews

When you've become one of contemporary Christian music's biggest stars, there are a lot of temptations to change your sound or tone the message down a little to reach a larger audience. But the anthemic, guitar-based Casting Crowns simply use their music as a pulpit ever more. Despite (or, perhaps, because of) all the world tours, platinum records, and Dove and Grammy awards, the members of the band still serve as ministers at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, GA. This is honest and often gorgeous music that deals with doubt and pain, and how difficult it can be to live up to one's principles. "Slow Fade," an irresistibly slow-burning number, counsels listeners not to stray: ""People never crumble in a day, it's a slow fade." The album's two covers--a rousing take of Steve Fee's "All Because of Jesus" and a spirited version of Chandler's "I Know You're There"--count among the album's many highlights. --Mike McGonigal

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After two Platinum-selling albums (Casting Crowns & Lifesong), one Platinum and one Gold live project (Live from Atlanta & Lifesong Live), numerous awards, and one of the most successful headlining tours in our industry, one might expect a different Casting Crowns. Those who meet this exceptional group, however, quickly realize they are still the same down-to-earth people with ministry at the heart of what they do both on the road, and in their local churches where each of the members serve on-staff or as laypeople, including lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall who still holds his post as youth pastor at his home church.

Casting Crowns third album, The Altar and The Door, draws on this first-hand ministry experience with real people, real life struggle and the faith that overcomes. At the altar, everything makes sense, says Hall. When we re in the church and spending time with God, we know what we re supposed to do and how to live. Everything is black and white. But somewhere between the altar and the door, when we leave and go out into our lives, it all leaks out. Everything gets gray again. It s like we have these two lives, and the Christian life is the journey between the altar and door....trying to get the things you ve got in your head, into your hands, into your feet, and into your life. This album is all about that journey of realization, the struggles we encounter and the victory of seeing it as possible.

The band is excited about the next ministry chapter to unfold, and is already planning Fall and Spring legs of The Altar and The Door Tour. With the debut radio single hitting in June and widespread media coverage starting late summer through the fall, this album is set to be another phenomenal release setting records and, more importantly, impacting hearts.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and worthy of praise!!! September 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I remember the first time I heard Casting Crowns on the radio several years ago. It wasn't Mark Hall's voice, the band's music, or even the harmonies sung that drew me in. It was the lyrics. I was going through a situation that "Voice of Truth" so eloquently and accurately addressed. I honestly felt the Lord meant for me to hear that song at that particular time. I decided to go ahead and buy that album and found every song spoke volumes to me. Now here we are 3 albums later and once again, Mark and his amazing ensemble of musicians have done it again. They have put together an album that speaks volumes to my heart.

I really like the way that Casting Crowns' albums generally have a theme. This album is no exception. I find the theme throughout this album is about staying in our comfort zone also known as the middle ground- the safety zone. But he also addresses the middle as in the 'gray area' which we all have to deal with on a daily basis no doubt. Mark sings about how we all have good intentions but when it comes to stepping out of our comfort zone for God we say...'no way!'. We give God a list that says I'll do this and this but there is no way I can or will do that or that. Fear is usually the biggest reason most of us don't step out of our comfort zone. I am in no way pointing a finger because I find I am probably the guiltiest of all at doing this. That said, this album truly helps me to understand why I do what I do and how to remedy it. It inspires me to seek out the Lord in His Word and in prayer and meditation.

The first song on the album: "What This World Needs" is a great way to start off the album. It has a rocky edge that draws you in to its chorus and before you know it you are singing along.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Release September 6, 2007
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Christian soft rock group Casting Crowns has taken the Christian music world by storm thanks to two strong previous releases. And their third project should continue the trend.

The group has captured audiences with challenging lyrics and great music. There's nothing earth shattering with either, but both work together to create some great music.

The disc starts off with the rock anthem "What This World Needs." Think "If We are the Body" but faster. The song reminds us that the world needs Christ more then it needs 100% perfect outward appearances. After all, the heart is what counts.

The title of the album comes from the idea that somewhere between hearing what we should do during church (the altar) and driving away (the door), we loose the certainty and conviction we had. I'll just say been there, done that. That theme is explored in two songs. The first is the title track, which really explains the theme better then I ever could. And it's rather convicting to hear my struggle put into words. The second is the next track, "Somewhere in the Middle." In fact, the phrase "between the altar and the door" shows up in this song, too. The song is a challenge to get out of the luke warm world we too often live in.

As with other Casting Crown's CDs, this one features a couple worship songs. And, once again, they don't grab me. There's nothing wrong with "I Know You're There" and "All Because of Jesus," but they aren't as special as some of their other tracks.

My two favorite songs are back to back. "Slow Fade" is a challenge to all men to not fall away from the faith. It really drives home the importance of constantly standing guard because no one crumbles in a day. It's a slower song with a haunting sound.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, a must have September 5, 2007
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Casting Crowns should write a book titled, "This is how you write music that blesses people." I have never heard a song by these guys I didn't like. I studied music for three years on the college level, and I find I am more critical than most when it comes to giving 5 stars. This CD really deserves 4 and three quarter stars. What I appreciate about this band is that they continually write excellent hooks, beautiful melodies, and outstanding lyrics. Their music catches your attention, and motivates your heart. They are accomplishing exactly what they have set out to do, to bring people closer to God. Excellent CD, you can't go wrong here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as first two but still good July 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I liked their first two albums much better but this one is still worth buying. I think they had too much large chorus work and little kids singing at odd times but I love CC so I would still buy it again having heard it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good CD March 26, 2008
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If I had it to do over again I might pick up a different CD from this one. With that said it is a good CD, once again hitting on Christian principles of living out your faith in a genuine way. I was a little disappointed though, it seemed to me that they rehashed some of the themes from their old albulmns, and the songs sound a little stale. Nothing really struck me with "wow". I know they do what they do with much personal conviction, I guess I had a hard time seeing that this time around.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good October 27, 2007
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This latest effort by Casting Crowns is an outstanding project. As with their other albums, it is lyrically powerful and has a great sound.

There are several very good songs on this album. The album has a theme of challenging Christians to live their faith all the time, not just on Sunday mornings. There are a couple of praise songs and a prayer-song included also, but most of the tracks here have a message that is very hard hitting to believers.

As with their previous albums, I think that this one will produce several hit singles. 'East To West' is already in that category. Others that are very good include 'What The World Needs', 'Every Man', and 'Slow Fade'.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is already a fan of Casting Crowns. For those who are unfamiliar with their music, I would recommend starting off with their self titled debut. In any case, this is well worth buying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Casting Crown's music so love this C.D.
Published 3 days ago by C. Holcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product.
Published 7 days ago by L. Gentry
5.0 out of 5 stars The alter
This is a very good cd, my favorite song is I Know You're there. Shipped quickly and happy to play anytime during the day or evening
Published 1 month ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this band
You really cannot go wrong with any of Casting Crowns music. Mark, the main singer, puts so much work into the music and it is truly filled with Biblical truths. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sendrain
5.0 out of 5 stars The Altar and the Door. This a great upbeat christian band.
The Altar and the Door. This a great upbeat christian band suitable for the entire family. They even play these songs at church.
Published 1 month ago by Justmeinaz
3.0 out of 5 stars it was a gift
It was in good shape, and was new, its was for a neighbor that got theres broken and really wanted a new CD an could not find it, the price was good slightly over the used prices... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert staves
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Casting Crowns do not disappoint with this CD. They are an awesome band with so many great songs on this.
Published 3 months ago by Julie Loeffler
5.0 out of 5 stars "The A ltar and the Door" by Casting Crowns
I have this particular CD/DVD combo set; however it's a little different than just the CD with the music only. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathleen Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Well its Casting Crowns!!!....There really isn't nothing else really left to say...I absolutely love Casting Crowns music, and this cd did not disappoint me... Read more
Published 4 months ago by God's C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Altar and the door
Some talking in the songs and children singing in the middle of songs also. It kind of disconnects me from the music even though there is a message to be heard
Published 6 months ago by Simon Tessier
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