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Let the Road Pave Itself

3.9 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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There's a bumper sticker that suggests the meaning of life is to live it. Obvious, perhaps, but how often are we really fully engaged; reveling in the highs, crying out through lows, and daring to ask questions or speak our true feelings amidst wonder, fear, and mystery? Young but uniquely experienced, Phillip LaRue has an admirable grip on how to live, and the proof is written all over his debut solo album, Let the Road Pave Itself. An organic set of songs for the digital age, it was tracked live in the studio to an old fashioned two-inch tape reel, warmly capturing the sound of Phillip and his friends playing real time rock that's only ever concerned with life's deepest matters of love and faith. An honest, freewheeling spirit that instantly sets it apart from the big machine. Let the Road Pave Itself is catchy without trying to sound commercial, Phillip writes stay-in-your-head songs from the heart; real life musical stories about open-book faith, his closest loved ones, and struggling friends who don't always believe as he does.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BEC Recordings
  • ASIN: B001TIQTI4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is a mix of sacred and secular themes. The music is U2-style rock, but with a touch of Tom Petty 'earthiness' and Southern feel. The lyrics are truly wonderful -- I found myself wanting to save several lines as stand-alone quotes. My favorite song is "Sleeping Beauty."

I was impressed that LaRue wrote all the songs himself. And not only did he sing, he also played several instruments on the tracks as well. I expect to see LaRue be a rising star!

P.S. Speaking as a graphic designer, I hope they hire a different company for the his next album's cover layout; there were a TON of typos, spelling and grammar errors!
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Though I love Phillip LaRue's music, I'm disappointed that this CD wasn't actually what I got. I got a 5 song "Film and TV Sampler"...NOT a CD with 12 songs as indicated. I was ripped off and I'm ticked. Not cool.
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This is an album that is very easy to listen to. The songs have positive lyrics and a positive attitude. Some of the songs could easily be country songs if Phillip LaRue had the accent for it. On the other hand, I don't think that he is an outstanding artist. After listening to the album for a couple of times, none of the songs were stuck with me.
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I didn't expect to like this album as much as I do. Expected a couple of good songs on it. This album is good from start to finish.

The music is modern, uplifting, refreshing. You can hear the influence of James/Tim Booth on some of the tracks.

An album you can put on and just let play in the background.

Worth the listen!
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My impression of this album is that Philip has a nice voice, and the tunes are pleasant, but the songs don't stay with you. I guess I mean that they aren't very catchy as to garner listens repeatedly, as you hope you will want to do with albums you purchase. I buy albums if more than half of the tracks are songs I would listen to over and over again because they're that enjoyable. And this album just didn't make me feel that way.
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Once upon a time, there was a brother-sister duo called LaRue. They were a bit on the alternative side of CCM, they made a couple of albums, and then they disappeared -- like many alterna-pop duos have done. Now, Phillip LaRue has returned to music, with a much different sound. The alternative edge is gone, the CCM is gone. All that is left is some good acoustic indie music that fits right in with the "I'm not part of the Christian music industry, so buy my record" scene.

The lyrics in this CD seem to be very casual, almost an "Oh, look - here's a microphone and a guitar, I think I'll make up a song. OH, could you hit Record for me?" kind of attitude (especially on "Don't Be Deceived"). Of course, that's the style in so much of indie pop today, and it doesn't completely infect the CD, so I can deal with it on a few songs. At times, it really sounds like Phillip misses his sister; you really get the feeling that some of the songs would be much stronger with another vocalist involved. That is understandable, and the stronger songs on the disc ("Chasing Daylight," "Why?" "Running So Long") give us a glimpse of what he is really capable of on his own. Once Phillip gains confidence in his abilities as a solo artist, he will be releasing some outstanding music.

Chasing the Daylight: Nice upbeat first song, fits the rest of the album well. Great message about our reliance on God ("And I don't feel the pain/When you're by my side"). Great vocal strength without being over the top - this is probably my favorite song on the disc.

Why: my other favorite track. LaRue asks the eternal question "Why can't we believe in something we can't see, when the evidence is all around us?
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Let The Road Pave Itself is the debut CD from Phillip LaRue. While it is listed as a Christian CD, there is not much in his lyrics that really makes that clear. You won't find any references to Jesus, Christ, Lord, or Savior as you may expect from something in this genre. There are some general references to God, faith, and soul, but that's about it. If you are looking for something that unambiguously professes the Christian faith, you will be disappointed in this CD.

However, that does not mean it is a bad CD. LaRue has actually produced a very catchy pop/rock collection of songs that are musically pretty good. His voice has a familiar feel to it, but I cannot place it with a specific comparison. LaRue has a pleasing baritone that comes off well in very song except "Black And Blue". Here, it seems a little too strained and earnest. Instrumentally, you will find acoustic and electric guitar, piano, and of course bass and drums. The musicians play a fairly tight, cohesive style that is neither aggressive nor overly mellow. Loosely I would put the sound as one part Counting Crows and one part Better Than Ezra circa Deluxe (but don't take these too literally). I especially liked the songs that featured vocal harmony on the chorus such as "Home" and "Before The Sun Goes Down". LaRue mostly sings about the challenges of life: grown children leaving their parent's house ("Home"), a longing for someone you love ("All That I Want"), and making up after a quarrel ("Before The Sun Goes Down"). The only songs that have real religious overtones are "Chasing The Daylight" and "Mountains High Valleys Low" that both deal with seeking God. You could argue that this applies to "Running For So Long", but the lyrics are not as concrete.

Overall, Let The Road Pave Itself is a very good CD. While it is not overtly Christian, it is good clean fun. Musically it passes muster without much discussion.

Download this: Before The Sun Goes Down
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