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November 13, 2009 / brockbruce

Two Big Albums Dropped This Week (and they’re from Christians)


Two huge albums came out this week and they’ve both been in the iTunes Top 10 album chart all week (Owl City is there as well but that album released several weeks ago). Cool thing is, these albums are from Christians. People who claim Christ and who’s lives are shaped by a Biblical worldview. These bands are Flyleaf and Switchfoot. I know other bands from a Christian worldview have been in the iTunes chart before (The Fray, Needtobreath, David Crowder* Band, Toby Mac) but to me this is a big deal. Two Christian albums released on the same day and both charted… big. So I wanted to share some reviews, lyrics, and link to videos from the two bands.

SWITCHFOOT
Christianmusictoday.com (full review here) says “Using their self-built home studio, the prolific collective churned 80-plus songs, relentlessly fine-tuning the final 12 tracks until they felt just right. As a result, this record boasts more than epic melodies or fine song craftsmanship and primo production. Hello Hurricane may be the first record Switchfoot can truly call all its own…
More than just picking up where 2006’s Oh Gravity! left off, Hello Hurricane’s broad musical landscape supports a deep lyrical dig into the grief of the human heart and brazenly extends eternal hope for the soul. This recording is bound to be the beginning of a meaningful new chapter for Switchfoot.”
The first single off the new record is Mess of Me. (watch video here) In the song Jon Foreman sings “we lock our souls in cages inside these prison cells/ it’s hard to free the ones you love when you can’t forgive yourself/ I’ve made a mess of me/ I want to reverse this tragedy/ I’ve made a mess of me / I want to spend the rest of my life alive” Talking about the song Foreman says, “Lyrically the song is yearning for abundant life to spring from past mistakes. The song attempts to explore the darkest parts of the human animal and transcend them, rising above these gloomy moments to find true life. If you’re Freud, you call these darker urges the death drive. If you’re St. Paul, you talk about doing the things you don’t want to do. Whatever you call them, these dark places destroy us if we leave them unchecked. I feel that tension everyday, between the right and the wrong, between life and death. And yet there is no easy path to freedom from self. It’s a narrow road and few find it. We’ve all thought about the quick fix: that special something/someone that could take the pain away. Yet the problems in my life are much bigger than any temporary solution. We die a little everyday- physically, spiritually; we are in sorry shape. Ain’t no drug to make me well. Ain’t no drug that can relieve me from the monster of myself. Ain’t no one to blame. But my decision is made. I want to follow this through… I want to spend the rest of my life alive. “

FLYLEAF
FLyleaf is a hard rock band fronted by Lacey Mosley. You can hear her vocals on the Third Day song “Born Again” and on the new DC*B album “Church Music”. Of course her band is a bit harder than either one of those bands. Lacy Mosley’s testimony is one of deliverance from drugs, depression, suicidal tendencies and anger towards God to a life of hope and peace in the salvation that comes from the Son of God. In interviews she often speaks of her life changing supernatural encounter with God at a church in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Christianmusictoday.com says this about the new album Memento Mori (full review here), “Memento Mori (a Latin phrase meaning “remember you will die”) is no pop rock album. Full of chugging guitars, gang vocals, and screams, this hardcore rock isn’t watered down. Opening track “Again” sets the tone with these lyrics: “I love the way that your heart breaks with every injustice and deadly fate/Praying it all be new, and living like it all depends on you.” The distorted, choppy riff of headbanger “Beautiful Bride” brings a solid beat and catchy vocal line.
Flyleaf’s sound is fresh, young, and experimental, but with years of experience, their sound is also tight, smart, andskillfully executed. With a strong band and well-written songs, Mosley’s captivating voice is icing on the cake. Flipping between strong, gutsy vocal lines, sweet whispery high notes, and even screaming on a few tunes, this is a singer who isn’t to be underestimated. She communicates with passion, giving the songs life and meaning.”
The current single from this album is “Beautiful Bride”, a very cool hard rock song about the Church, the body of Christ. Extolling the virtues of the being apart of the ekklesia. I love this song, check out the lyrics:

“Beautified diversity Functioning as one body/ Every part encouraged by the other No one independent of another/ You’re irreplaceable, indispensable You’re incredible You’re incredible
(Chorus)
Beautiful bride
Body of Christ
One flesh abiding
Strong and unifying
Fighting ends in forgiveness
Unite and fight all division
Beautiful bride

Strengthen your arms now Train your fingers for battle/ Urgency’s here now Train your fingers for battle/ Fighting this violence With your feet wrapped in peace/ Sad tears and silence Now screams of joy/ Victory

(Chorus)
Beautiful bride
Body of Christ
One flesh abiding
Strong and unifying
Fighting ends in forgiveness
Unite and fight all division
Beautiful bride

Beautiful bride
Body of Christ
One flesh abiding
Strong and unifying

We’re not gonna fall and forget/ How far You went to pick us up
If one part’s hurt the whole body’s sick/ If one part mourns we all mourn with Him
Rejoice, we’ll sing with you
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

(Chorus)
Beautiful bride
Body of Christ
One flesh abiding
Strong and unifying
Fighting ends in forgiveness
Unite and fight all division
Beautiful bride”

Check out the video for the song here.

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