This album is one of the more fresh pop-based releases of 2019, as this album utilizes worshipful lyrics, unique instrumentation, and a moody soundscape. As you listen through the project, you can hear how her various influences shape her sound as she flows from track to track.
Known to produce songs in different genres, this project falls into the R&B sound, with a slow, groovy sound. The songs feature pure passion for his personal calling and pure love for the Lord and I hear a child-like joy that I don't hear as prevalent in music today. While it does blend from one track to the next, this is perfect for your next vibe sesh.
top tracks: Makin' waves come through what a love
The latest project from one of the most renowned worship leaders of our time features a slew of songs that give glory and praise to the Lord, while incorporating some Bible paraphrasing (passages that you've probably memorized in Sunday school). While there were some tracks that are a little confusing, there are some that were genuinely good. Among the color include the two guests (Nicole Serrano and Pat Barrett) and the Andrew Peterson cover. But if this is all genuine praise, then let the saints join in the roar.
Top tracks: I Stand In Awe Is He Worthy? Praise Him Forever
Jason Gray's collaboration project with his son is just pure melted cotton candy. It's pop, but among its worse. The lyrics are either pure generic, confusing, or uncomfortable (namely "Love Life"). The result is a frustrating collection of songs. Or songs that just need to grow on the listener. Or for the fans. (And the production is not horrible, it's just not original.)
Los Angeles based rock band, We Are One, released an EP with some gems they've recorded before they transition and develop their sound. The project features talented musicians, but the lead singer gets buried under the mix. Also the balance between the singing and the screams seem unbalanced, but I think this is a band that we will be giving more attention to, as the final track of the project serves as a transition piece and shows much promise of where the band is about to show the world.
Rappers strive to be relevant, but it's obvious that there's a lot of junk food to be found. Well, have we found some healthy snacks for you. PEABOD's debut mixtape will resonate with millennials, especially those currently attending college, as he explores topics such as friends and roommates, not-so-stellar days, and the search for love. Considering that rap music is the most popular genre today, it's encouraging to see a fresh, clean, and positive voice in the industry. Here's hoping that he will be able to encourage many more in his already budding career (including those like me and Fletcher, who don't understand rap culture.)
top tracks: Summer of FLETCHER Shoot From The Hip Hat Hair
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Looking at the little things, this project features live instruments with reflective lyrics that reflect on the awe of our Amazing God. Despite writing about topics often repeated on the radio, she brings out a different perspective and causes the believer to think. Despite focusing on ballads, this is a project for anyone wishing music would sound more "authentic" (musically and lyrically) and for those who want more music from our sister in Christ.
top tracks: still rolling stones love like this you say rebel heart your wings
A newcomer to the pop world, Caitie Hurst released an impressive first project with danceable anthems and heartfelt songs. Despite the occasional odd lyric that stuck out like a sore toe, I don't see anything artificial spilling out of her heart. And the entire project stays fresh with new sounds with each song. We need more people like Caitie Hurst, because she is going to find herself a fanbase of little girls who are going to look up to her as a role model.
WARNING: This is not "music." This is spoken word provided over ambient music. (Think for a moment, this is rap music performed slowly without the 808s.) The result? Beautiful atmospheric music combined with thought-provoking messages. Some may strike the hearts of people hard, while others may not do the trick. Despite one's surprise that this is not a collection of songs, one may be pleasantly surprised by what he finds.
Bringing fresh worship pop tunes, recently signed Centricity artist For All Seasons is able to sing direct songs of praise with meaningful lyrics while priming themselves for radio airplay. While taking a creative approach to the music, some songs fall short in sounding like other songs on the project and "modern" song titles (which takes a couple random words from the song that doesn't really give the right idea of the song, but it sounds cool). Despite that, For All Seasons has a bright future in front of them, and it's going to be super exciting to see how they will impact CCM radio.