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Needtobreathe's third studio album, The Outsiders is slated for an August 25, 2009 release. Recorded from the end of 2008 through April 2009 with Jim Scott, John Alegia and Rick Beato, fans will be reintroduced to the versatility they knew from their previous album, The Heat. The Outsiders truly finds NEEDTOBREATHE coming into their own, seamlessly blending ambient, arena-ready soundscapes with a decidedly Southern sensibility.
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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0029O09TC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Things are about to get a lot bigger for the guys from Needtobreathe. They successfully avoided the dreaded "sophomore slump" with their stellar, Dove-award-nominated album, The Heat, back in 2007. Songs from that album appeared in movies, TV shows, and even on ESPN. Now, their third studio release, The Outsiders, showcases a band that has found its identity: outsiders who don't fit neatly into anyone's boxes, but can connect with most. Masterfully blending earnest lyrics with elements of southern rock and a modern rock sound all their own, Needtobreathe has produced easily their finest work to date, and possibly the best rock record of the year thus far.

Fans of The Heat will recognize all the stylistic components that made that record fantastic, but production, musicianship, and song-writing have all improved here, the result being an extremely professional-sounding record that doesn't lose the gritty, southern rock feel. The album leads off with the title track, and the acoustic-driven "Valley of Tomorrow," both of which would have fit right in on The Heat.

"Through Smoke" follows and shows the improved and diverse song-writing skills of the band. Pounding drums, along with subtle guitars and piano support the glorious vocals of Bear Rinehart as he sings of seeing truth through confusion and doubt. Rinehart has one of the best rock voices I've ever heard, and his voice sounds spectacular here. The crescendo, with group vocals and even a harmonica, is simply beautiful and leads right into the current single, "Lay `Em Down." This is straight-up southern rock, hand claps and foot stomps included.
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First I need to say I am a music lover. I purchase at least one new album each week. I don't consider myself any kind of authority on what "good" music is versus "bad" music, but I love music for how it makes me feel- the beat, the lyrics, the feel, the way it challenges me or moves me. Whatever. This is the first album I have ever reviewed on amazon, and although I know music is subjective, I don't see how anyone can not like this music. Whether you listen as a Christ-follower or not (I am, my husband is not, and even he can't help toe-tapping when I've got it playing in the background), the songs are powerful, moving, and in a lot of cases, just plain fun. I should probably say that probably 90% or more of the music I purchase and listen to is NOT Christian rock- usually I am not a huge fan- too often Christian rock feels to me just not very relevant to my real day-to-day life, but this is just a fabulous blend of solid music, plus great messages. Good running music, good for inspiration, and good for just jamming in your kitchen or your car. Just solid. I just wish I could tell more people about it. I happen to own their previous album, The Heat, and I loved it, but this is beyond. Do yourself a favor and expose yourself to this band. Then share them with your friends- they'll thank you.
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These guys are just flat out good musicians and song writers. They have there own sound and style, and they OWN it. The blend southern rock, rock, piano, banjos, harmonicas, and all sorts of other musical elements into one unique sound. Not to mention the sound of the vocals is completely unique and he has his own sound that is full of passion and really draws the listener in. There first two CDs were excellent, but this one really shows there roots and you can tell this is the kind of album they have been wanting to create from day one because it resembles there amazing live show more closely than the other 2 CDs. And if you haven't seen them live, make sure you do, they are one of a few bands who actually sound much better live than there CD.

Overall, I don't have any favorites on this CD because they are seem to all be really good, but if i had to pick I'd say: The Outsiders, Through Smoke, Prisoner, and Girl Named Tennessee are a few of my standouts at this point. And only because I've had the single "Lay Em Down" a few months before the CD release and it's been played on repeat the last few months!!!

Buy this CD!
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This is one of those bands that I can't BELIEVE I didn't know about sooner. A friend of mine introduced me to Needtobreathe a few weeks ago with "The Heat". I bought that album, along with their first one, simply on his recommendation. I can't say I was blown away by their first album ("Daylight"), but "The Heat" was simply spectacular. After listening to that album all the way through, it became clear that I would need to get "The Outsiders" as soon as it was released.

"The Outsiders" is NOT as immediately good as "The Heat". There simply weren't any songs on "The Heat" that I didn't IMMEDIATELY love. There are a few on "The Outsiders" that I'm not too sure about yet ("Prisoner", "Hurricane", "Girl From Tennessee"), but I'm not giving up on them. These songs are a bit of a departure/experiment for this band and I think they'll become favorites after some time, but for now, they seem a little unfinished or half-realized. EVERY OTHER SONG is absolutely incredible. These songs are inspiring, fist-pumping, foot-stomping, sing-along masterpieces. I literally listened to the first track 5 times before I even got to the second one. It was just so good that I didn't want to be let down by the second song. As it turns out, I wasn't let down until "Hurricane" came on (and again, I think it's growing on me).

As a follower of Christ, it is cool to find a band that, while obviously believers, is a little less "preachy" and a little more "everyman". I feel life, struggle, hope, faith and failure in this music and I just can't stop listening to it. I think a song-by-song review is in order here:

1. The Outsiders - 5 stars - The banjo intro, followed by the hand claps, followed by the airtight rhythm section is just flat-out awesome.
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