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The Struggle
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2012
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I've been following TAN for a few years now. Their heart for worshipping Jesus and the authenticity of their lyrics that reveal their own brokenness, of which I can identify with, has drawn me to their music. Their songs often remind me of how I am in desperate need of Jesus.

I've seen this band grow musically and spiritually. "The Struggle" is a work of art that showcases the talents of the new band members, Rueben and Brendon, while keeping the signature sounds and in-depth lyrics that the band is known for.

Highlights: "Worn", "Don't Stop The Madness", "You Do All Things Well", "Where Life Will Never Die"
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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After two highly acclaimed albums Tenth Avenue North takes a bold creative leap forward on its new album, The Struggle. Inviting fans all over the country to lend their voices to the process as they recorded this album in cities along its tour route, the songs explore themes of forgiveness, redemption and grace. "We really fostered the dance of both the music and the lyric while thematically unpacking the idea of what it means to struggle," says lead vocalist Mike Donehey. "We are free to struggle, but don't need to struggle to be free. It's about the permission to struggle but also a challenge not to stay there." With The Struggle, the band offers up lyrically substantive songs people have come to expect from Tenth Avenue North.

The opening set of tracks are all among the best songs I've heard on any album in the past few years. From the beginning notes of "Shadows," I was hooked by the lyrical and musical intensity of the album. The opener kicks off the musical journey immediately relating to listeners, "We're born into the longing," which leads to the confessional chorus--"I've been running / chasing nothing but shadows / Oh Lord please come / raise my dead heart...You can keep me from chasing after the shadows." The great Brit-rock style guitar riffs are found throughout this substantive album. "The Struggle" has more vertical lyrics: "Why do I still give in to temptation...I will trust You, take You at Your Word." That leads to the freedom we can all proclaim as believers in the sincere chorus, "Hallelujah, we are free to struggle / we're not struggling to be free / Your blood bought it / makes us children / children drop your chains and sing." Amen! "Worn" is a beautiful, confessional ballad highlighted by Mike Donehey's vocal delivery as he prays, "I know that I need to lift my eyes up...but I know that You can give me rest, so I cry out with all that I have left...let me see redemption win / let me know the struggle ends / that You can mend a heart that's frail and torn /and all that's dead inside can be reborn / because I'm worn." The song has quickly become a prayerful anthem in my daily devotional time.

All of these songs are poignant and powerful with earnest worshipful lyrics. "Losing" is filled with the biblical truth about the need for forgiveness--"Oh Father, won't You forgive them, they don't know what they've been doing / Oh Father, give me grace to forgive them / `cause I feel like the one losing." Corrie ten Boom was known to say that "God put our sins in the deepest sea and then put up a sign that said, No Fishing." There is no fishing for our own sins, nor any for the sins of others. As God's children, He removes our sins from us "as far as the east is from the west" - Psalm 103:12. "You Do All Things Well" is another vertical expression of adoration and includes another great guitar riff. Piano based closing song "Lamb of God" could be added to church worship services. The song features a beautiful choir backed proclamation, "You are Holy, You are Worthy, You are Holy, You're the Lamb of God." Amen!

CLOSING THOUGHTS (Staff Review, NewReleaseTuesday.com)
The Struggle is a great collection of confessional and authentic expressions of faith. It appears that the success of the band has allowed them to creatively express themselves and for me that has really paid off with yet another "best" album. The album's themes are brokenness, healing, forgiveness and mercy. Once again the songs are poignant and powerful, and in recording the new tunes, the band brings a more seasoned level of musicianship and intensity, on par with Coldplay, Hillsong UNITED and Jars of Clay. For me the stand-out songs are "Shadows," "The Struggle," "Worn," "Losing," "You Do All Things Well" and "Lamb of God." With one listen to this album it is obvious Tenth Avenue North is taking another bold step forward on their musical journey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2012
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I just started listening to Christian music extensively in the last couple of months. This CD is so soothing, spiritual, and to the heart. I like the way this group sounds, regardless of what type of genre of music they are categorized in. The song "Worn" makes me cry every time I hear it, it is a masterpiece. If you need to forgive someone in your life, listen to "Losing" and you will understand why the need to do that is necessary. The Lord God has blessed this group and along with Michael W Smith, they are my favorite Christian rock band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2013
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ITS BEYOND THE THOUGHTS AND MINDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DEVASTATED WITH LIVES PROBLEMS AND IT GIVE THEM AN ANSWER. JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2013
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Really good, encouraging music. The lyrics are genius. Lot of heart and glorifies Jesus. Gave me a lot to think about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2013
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I bought this album for the song Worn, but soon found out how wonderful, inspiring and peaceful the rest of the album was. Enjoy it more each time I listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2013
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I could say a million things about the CD...as far as lyrics, I'd say the scored extremely high. Worn and The Struggle are my favorite songs on this CD. The heartfelt lyrics really show where these guys stand. As far as music, you'll find the typical 'Tenth Avenue North' sound as before. If you're a CCM fan, you can't go wrong here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2013
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Not as good as the previous 2 albums they did, but I'm sure it will grow on me as time goes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2013
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I think I enjoyed their earlier work a little bit more but I still love this band and will buy their next cd
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on April 24, 2015
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I recently came across Tenth Avenue North at a Chris Tomlin concert that I had to drag myself to because my faith was so low at the time. I'm so grateful that I went and don't know how I didn't know of Tenth Avenue North before that night. Regardless, it was exactly what I needed that night. When they sang "Worn" I found myself just weeping- the song hit me to my core. I was so honored to be able to see them twice. Immediately after the concert I bought all of their albums. It's hard to put into words how amazing this band, this album, their songs, their faith and what they share to those who are willing to listen is. This album is amazing, I love that their lyrics don't only speak about faith, strength, and hope but struggles as well. I can't get enough of this album. A few of my favorite songs on the album are "Worn," "The Struggle", and "Losing." Such an inspiring album and band. God bless and thank you for all you do.
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