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The Generous Mr. Lovewell

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2010 release from the multi-platinum Christian supergroup. The Generous Mr. Lovewell was produced by Brown Bannister and Dan Muckala. The album fuses MercyMe's fundamentals: heart-provoking lyrics, powerful worship anthems, ballads and pounding infectious melodies.
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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fair Trade Services
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • ASIN: B003CNQPM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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MercyMe's new album is called The Generous Mr. Lovewell. The album has already garnered a No.1 song with "All of Creation," almost four weeks before the release date. "He's like Buddy the Elf meets Forrest Gump," says MercyMe singer Bart Millard of the fictitious namesake behind the band's sixth studio album. "He sees the good in everyone and knows his neighbors enough to know their needs. Mr. Lovewell may not be the next Billy Graham, but he's changing the world each day in every little word and deed." His advisory board--Millard, guitarists Mike Scheuchzer and Barry Graul, bassist Nathan Cochran, drummer Robby Shaffer, and keyboard player Jim Bryson--equips the red balloon-toting make-believer with airy ideas ("Pay for a stranger's lunch today") that were already being embraced by MercyMe fans before this batch of songs left the studio.

The album kicks off with "This Life" with an electronic rock beat in the style of Electric Light Orchestra. The chorus "this life was meant to shine" sums up the message of the song and album. I've been telling people that the new MercyMe album reminds me of a classic theme album like Sgt. Pepper by The Beatles or Songs For Jane by Maroon 5, both in musical diversity and with the challenging lyrics. The title track keeps the dance floor beat going and brings the theme into focus with these lyrics "He wakes up every day believing he's gonna make a change. " I was amazed at the energy of the first three songs as "Move" actually takes it up a notch musically. "Move" has a fantastic rock-dance arrangement like "This Love" by Maroon 5. True to form lyrically, the song keeps the Love Well theme going as Bart passionately sings "gonna move to a different drum no matter what life brings.
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I was a bit sceptical about getting MercyMe's new CD as it seemed to me they spent much of their time after their "Almost there" CD attempting to create another "I can only imagine", their mega-selling classic while remaining creatively stagnant. After reading a few reviews which stated this was rather experimental, I decided to get it and I'm glad I did. This CD actually sounds in places like the work of an entirely new/different band.

Most of the lyrics touch on love, especially as the album concept centers on some fictional bloke Mr. Lovewell whose capacity to love is to be emulated. A few songs are their typical anthemic Worship ballads; the #1 Coldplay-style "All of creation" (with catchy singalong "Oh o o" refrain), and "Only You remain", but almost everything else is a musical revelation.

Opening is the buzzing synth/Rock "This life", followed by the Punk/Pop "The generous Mr. Lovewell", then the truly experimental bouncy clap-filled "Move" (with jangly guitars and a bridge that sounds like the Bee Gees popped by), and the haunting midtempo "Crazy enough" with a groovy bassline (which poses the crazy notion of changing the world by loving our brother for nothing in return, sung in a laid-back lower register that reminds me of Kevin Max from dc Talk), the latter two are my favourites.

"Beautiful" is just that, and starts off with quivering guitars and electronic flourishes transforming into an anthemic Rocker. "Back to you" is lilting and Reggae-tinged. "Free" is tempo-shifting U2-style quivering/pulsing Rock, "Won't you be my love" a majestic ballad, and closing is the brief atmospheric ballad "This so called love" which tells us that if all we do is absent of Jesus, then this so called love is completely in vain.

The harmonies are lovely, the musical diversity a delight. MercyMe sound like a band coming into their own.
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I pre- bought this CD, mostly because our family always likes Mercy Me, and I was sure it would be a good CD, and I admit, I was very interested to know what this Mr. Lovewell was all about!

This CD is excellent, and I am glad I bought it. Funny thing is, not only does our 17 year old son like it, but so do his 50 something year old parents! That's a pretty good feat for any musical group!

All that said, Mr. Lovewell could/should be any one of us. As believers, it should never be said of us that we didn't love well, whether it be someone in our family, a friend or a stranger. We cannot love well on our own. We need God to show us how to love well everyday. I think the cross is the best place to start. It's easy to love those who love us, but what about those that don't think we are as great as we think we are? That's not so easy. There are a thousand scenarios we could discuss, but the bottom line is, are we, as believers, loving well? I know I need encouragement like this CD to help me be that kind of person. I have a long way to go. With Christ, all things are possible!
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I am impressed by this CD. I had only heard their single "All Of Creation" before purchasing it, but have been a MercyMe fan for years (ever since "I Can Only Imagine"). There are some pop/rock sounding songs with a Christian message (like "Move"); fans of Maroon 5 may like these songs. There are some worshipful songs and some songs about love. All the songs seem to have a them of loving one another and giving back. I recommend it to fans of contemporary Christian music.
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