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Their Weakest Album To Date,
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This review is from: Until The Whole World Hears (Audio CD)
Casting Crowns was the group that introduced and hooked me to CCM. The music was challenging and very easy to listen to. With each album, I was challenged to improve my relationship with God and encorage others. While Lifesong was a little light, The Altar and the Door was a strong follow up. Now comes Until The Whole World Hears and, while beautifully glorying God, doesn't have much to offer and is a step back for the Crowns.
The album opens with the title track and it is by far the best track on the album and the only challenging song on it. Most of the rest of the album is slow, worship songs. Now, don't get me wrong...there is a place for these songs and what we have included here does uplift and focus on God. However, they are fairly dull tracks. Take the chorus to AT YOUR FEET...it is very weak. Being a Casting Crowns song, I expected a little more creativity and feeling and it just feels cold and impersonal. The same goes for the song MERCY. It just feels very generic and not what I expect from this group. Then there's GLORIOUS DAY. The song is full of standard clichés like "He Took The Nails For Me" and "Living He Loved Me, Dying He Saved Me." Again, this is so hard to review because these songs are nice but coming from Casting Crowns, it just feels lazy. The other songs on the album are good but still not up to the quality of past efforts. TO KNOW YOU is a good song but still, it feels incomplete, like it could be much more.
A staple of Casting Crowns is to challenge us. The first album and The Altar and the Door both included several songs to challenge our faith and were very strong. Besides the quasi-challenging title track, there is nothing else that would be considered challenging.
This is a hard album to review. I love this group and this isn't a terrible album. But isn't really "Casting Crowns" and the songs sound like warmed over worship songs.
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Initial post: Mar 21, 2011 11:17:48 AM PDT
J. Smith says:
Yeah, I agree. It's a great album, but it lacks the practical aspect that makes their other albums so great....
Posted on Sep 1, 2012 3:20:19 AM PDT
Katherine Witherell says:
As far as Glorious Day goes, it doesn't sound like Casting Crowns because it isn't- it's a remake of an old hymn called "One Day" with great words but a horrible tune, and I really like the new melody Casting Crowns wrote for it. I actually like the song now, whereas I hated the hymn version. According to Wikipedia (not the most reliable source, I know, but you can do further research to verify if you like), this new version hit the top of the charts in several categories, including top Hot Christian Songs for nine consecutive weeks and is on WOW Hits 2012.
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