Sometimes it's the little things that can have the most impact.
I think that is very obvious. If you follow any publically professing Christian on social media, they're always spouting out Bible verses and whatnot daily, but it always seems like they're moved by the simple passages. And we may shrug and scroll on.
As a result, it's hard to recapture the magic of those little things.
After a wildly successful debut album, Lauren Daigle dedicated her follow-up project upon the idea of looking at things from a child-like perspective. And she chose to scale back the sounds that define (Christian) pop music and meditate on the simple things.
As a result, Lauren Daigle travels down oft-trod roads. For example, the Top 100 single "You Say" has a message similar to songs like Britt Nicole's "Gold" (also a Top 100 charting song), for KING & COUNTRY's "Priceless," and Hillsong Worship's "Who You Say I Am," which reminds the believer that "God made you special, and he loves you very much!" But I was surprised how many followers Lauren Daigle planted along the road and truly made the road worth traveling down again. This is the case with songs like You Say," but also "Rescue," "Everything," "Love Like This," and "Remember." But there were a few songs that brought something fresh to the music scene, namely "Still Rolling Stones."
Speaking of "Still Rolling Stones," it perfectly introduces the listener to the album with authentic instruments and may surprise the unsuspecting listener. But in choosing to use live instruments, it reminds the simplicity and the state of mind the listener should have while listening to this album. As a result, a majority of the songs of the album are slower, and not as orchestral as "Still Rolling Stones" and not as groovy like "Your Wings." Personally, that hindered the music experience, but it did give the album a consistent sound. (One point of praise is that no song is too long or too short. For the most part, none of the songs seem to overstay its welcome.)
The album closes with a rendition of "Turn Your Eyes," which I find among the skippable. But the song fits well with the purpose of the album.
Even with the authentic and live instruments, poppier elements turn up here and there, such as songs like "This Girl," "Losing My Religion" (which is not a new topic, but interesting nonetheless), and "Look Up Child." That may encourage the casual listener to keep on listening.
One interesting thing to think about this album is the fact that it's hard to see how Lauren Daigle is going to develop her sound. Sonically, this album sounds way different from the debut and can be considered a bold move. I believe it may be a breath of fresh air if she continued to implement authentic sounding instruments in her discography (like what she did with "Behold"), but still have that spirit that captured her audience in the first place.
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