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Coming Up to Breathe

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If there is one band that doesn't need an introduction, that band would be MercyMe. Chart-topping albums, a slew of number one singles (including the breakthrough "I Can Only Imagine"), and numerous awards have made this six-member outfit the face of Christian pop. Instead of continuing comfortably down the path they paved, MercyMe decided to shake things up a bit with their fourth studio effort entitled Coming Up To Breathe. Leaning much more toward rock than adult contemporary, lead single "So Long Self," the notable "Last One Standing," and standout ballad "I Would Die For You," allow Bart Millard and crew to showcase their new sound. This is one project fans of the band won't want to miss out on...

They set out to nail down a defining moment in their career, the MercyMe golden spike if you will. The goal for Coming Up to Breathe was a genre groundbreaking release such as Amy Grant's Lead Me On or U2's The Joshua Tree. While it's hard to go that far, it's safe to say that MercyMe's artistic integrity has met commercial appeal somewhere in the middle with Coming Up to Breathe. The one-time worship band certainly know how to write a hit and they bring us more of the same with radio-ready tracks like "So Long Self," "Last One Standing," and "Safe and Sound." But lead man Bart Millard digs a little deeper on the self-revealing "No More No Less" and "One Trick Pony." Lyrically both tracks reveal a band unapologetic about their faith and creative destiny. "Pony" is a pleasant divergence with its slide guitar and Mississippi mud atmosphere, conjuring up images of the band sitting at a crossroads somewhere in the Southland. MercyMe has never been afraid to show their musical influences on their sleeve. That's why you shouldn't be surprised by the Edge-like guitars on "Something About You" or even the pounding rhythm chords of "Hold Fast," which evoke Coldplay comparisons. So it's that struggle between creating something new and holding true to your principles that the band spells out for us. Perhaps Millard sums this up best on "3:42 AM (Writer's Block)" when he sings of a man out of words but not out of passion to allow God to speak through him. That's always been the aim of MercyMe and in this case, their hammer has driven this spike solidly into the ground. --Michael Lyttle

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Coming Up to Breathe
  2. So Long Self
  3. Hold Fast
  4. Something About You
  5. You're to Blame
  6. No More No Less
  7. Where I Belong
  8. Bring the Rain
  9. Last One Standing
  10. One Trick Pony
  11. 3:42 AM (Writer's Block)
  12. Safe and Sound
  13. I Would Die for You

Product details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fair Trade Services
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B000EU1PM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,992 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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