Well, this didn’t start as such a make up post, but one thing led to another, and i just never got around to finishing it up and getting it posted… here i am though, and i have other things to talk about, but i want to get these taken care of first… the following releases are from the weeks of August 24th and September 2nd (i’m not sure what happened on the 31st)… anyway, quick as a rabbit or something else that’s kind of quick… off we go…

Anberlin – Dark is the Way, Light Is a Place

i’m always torn on Anberlin… it’s not that i don’t enjoy their albums, but i often find myself wondering what exactly is the “big deal” that makes them such media darlings and fan favorites… well, this album finds them treading similar ground musically and the tone is rather the same… i’m not sure it’s anything revolutionary or even particularly moving, but it’s slick production and solid vocals and i can’t help but like it… fans will continue to swoon, critics will continue to rave, and i’ll just continue to enjoy them… Pray Tell is my favorite of the bunch, if you care, love the rhythm to it…

Young Joshua – Thinking Out Loud

Young Joshua is the latest signee to Cross Movement Records, which specializes in that bass first, gritty, take-it-to-tha-streetz type rap music… and YJ fits right into the mix, delivering an album that suits the label and serves the fanbase… (yes, the label has a fanbase because it was started by the group and echoes with their previous albums to this day)… this is a fine album if it’s what you’re looking for and it features a lot of guests including one that sounds like Fat Joe, but certainly isn’t Fat Joe… i’d recommend tickling through all the track previews to see if it’s your thing… personally, i don’t see myself giving it much more attention than i already have…

Jeremy Camp – We Cry Out

color me skeptical… well, i’m always skeptical… especially when one of the top names in the industry takes a quick detour from the clearly mapped out path of creating a new version of the same album every 15 months or so to do a worship album… especially when he’s already done a worship album and the press materials all but ignore that fact, calling this his first worship album… i’m just saying… and all that said, color me won over… at least on this album… at least this time around… We Cry Out is a good selection of songs that definitely play to Camp’s strengths as a singer and for a little bit there, you kind of forget that you’re listening to an album at all…

Natalie Grant – Love Revolution

well, being a mom hasn’t aged Natalie Grant a bit… in fact, some of these tracks rival the pop teens that all the kids are crazy about these days… of course, she does delve into territory that none of those acts can go, hitting more serious themes and laying down vocals that are simply unfathomable for anyone else… to be honest, girl pop isn’t generally my thing, but Natalie brings it once again and you can do nothing but appreciate how amazing it all is…

Chris August – No Far Away

of all the albums covered here today, this is the only one that surprised me… seriously… and yes, a large part of it is because i had no idea who Chris was, but hey, another big part of it was because it’s really good… he’s got a sense of soul to him that is reminiscent of Jimmy Needham at his best and at times i almost expect to see Michael Buble listed as the artist… the production brings to mind the likes of Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, or similar popular artists… he’s really got a nice tone and, as a debut, this really sets the stage for a pretty promising career… i’d guess he’s pretty entrancing live, too… definitely worth checking out… i really dig Want to Be Real

Press Play – NY2LA

count me among the number of those surprised that a second Press Play album was greenlit at all… i wasn’t all that impressed with the first one and – no shocker – i’m not terribly impressed here either… i don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but i found this one rather annoying… kind of like if Jump 5 grew up and continued to make the same kind of music…

Israel Houghton & New Breed – Love God, Love People

oh yeah, this one came out on the 31st… so, i wasn’t all that impressed with this one at first blush… i’m not sure it will grow on me, but i can’t help but appreciate the talent here, even if it doesn’t quite capture my attention at the moment…

also of interest… Casting Crowns released a live CD/DVD package as is their custom…. the Showdown dropped Blood in the Gears which is another metal outing that, based on the clips that i’ve heard doesn’t grab me quite as much as their previous two outings… and Sivion, from Deepspace5, released Butterfly Sessions which appears to be another fresh batch of organically-grown rhymes and rhythms… again, that’s based on clips, since i don’t quite have the sway of days gone by…

okay, that’s all for now… more on other things in a bit…

peace… love… bdg…