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This review is from: Over and Underneath (Audio CD)
Somehow, I missed even hearing about Tenth Avenue North until a couple weeks ago. But I bought their debut CD on a whim and haven't been able to stop listening to it yet.
Of course, part of this is because they've had several years to polish their sound as an indie artist before becoming the "overnight successes" with their major label debut. That polish comes through in everything from the lyrics to their sound.
The band is a rock band in the soft rock vein I love. You've got upbeat songs like "Break Me Down," but they also know when to slow things down, like "Times."
And the lyrics are polished and mature. They do jump into the praise market with "Lift Us Up to Fall." The title caught my attention right away, but the idea of God raising us up to fall before him in worship works perfectly. Also in the worship vein is "Hallelujah," a fun album closer.
"Hold My Heart" is an amazing cry out to God during the hard times. It's very poetic, which makes it very moving. And "Times" is the perfect follow up because it does remind us that God is there for us all the time.
The theme of surrendering to God is touched on in such songs as "Let it Go" and "Break Me Down."
Their first single was a smash hit, and it was well deserved. "By Your Side" is written from God's point of view as it reminds us that He is always ready to catch us as soon as we turn to Him. And the music is perfect with a hooky melody that drives home the promise of the lyrics while making it fun to sing.
The only problem with a debut like this is they have set the bar so high I don't know if they'll be able to top it. But I look forward to watching them try.