Can I start by saying: WAY TO GO CHARLIE!! YES! YES! YES!
Charlie Hall and company dropped The Bright Sadness today that is so far leading the pack on Albums sold on iTunes today! I’m so happy because Charlie’s probably the least talked about leader from the Passion crew and he’s one of my absolute favorites! I remember getting the chance to talk to Charlie last year about Flying Into Daybreak and him saying that they were really trying things differently musically and I was stoked about the end result of FID. Well the evolution of The Bright Sadness is another incredible step for Charlie and company in creating a fresh and relevant worship sound with Charlie’s incredible lyrical content that I’ve always found to be the pulse of what I’m battling with and even a bit prophetic about what’s around the bend!
I found this CD to have a bit of a club feel to it. The mix is a bit different that what I’ve grown to expect from SixSteps artists. I remember thinking in my truck today that the vocals are settled a bit in the mix with heavy instrumentation leaning on the bass. I found that interesting. Know what else is refreshing? I don’t think I heard any combination of “amazing+love” once! HAHAHA.
Here’s my initial thoughts as I’ve burned through this CD twice already!
- Chainbreaker – Initially, I had to look at the CD again to make sure I didn’t accidentally buy the wrong artist! A great opener that kicks you in the teeth!
- New Year – This is such a special song. Charlie has this gift of writing a song like this that just seems like we’ve taken a glimpse into his journal that sits on his end table next to his bed. Kendall’s echoing slide riff is just beautiful as well.
- Walk the World – As heard on God of This City but loses NO luster recorded in the studio! The funky 80s electronica at the end is a great addition as well!
- My Brightness – Hey a song about God’s love that does NOT use “amazing” as an adjective! I didn’t think that was possible 🙂 Sorry. Instantly in the truck I’m bobbing my head along.
- Scenes – Here’s another great example of the band’s evolution: the loops and whirls and such are done very tactfully here to create such a cool vibe. One of the lyrics that just sticks with me throughout the whole project:
“I have such a short memory so You keep reminding me of You”
Man that one slaps me between the eyes!
- Thrill – Quirky, groovy, cool baby!
- The Second Alive – This is another unexpected gem found on a Charlie Hall CD. Gritty and raw and all up in your face!
- Hookers and Robbers – Seriously, how many songs do you know have the word “hooker” in it and you can play in church?
“Crack kids, track kids, hookers and robbers, the naked and hungry, Mothers and Fathers
Abuses, excuses, and guns in your hands, and I even welcome the arrogant man!”
That ends with, “Come break this bread, celebrate the Forgiver. Come as you are!”
What an inspiring song!
- Bloom Again – Sorry, I was so excited to get to You are God that I skipped this one both times 😦
- You are God – This isn’t You are God, must be the next track.
- Knit my Heart – Nope this isn’t You are God either.
- You are God – What the heck is this?!?! Oh my, you mean I don’t get the same version I already purchased from a live Passion CD but a totally fresh and new version!?!?! YES! YES! YES! The piano part is simply beautiful and the transition to the bridge is wicked sweet! I imagine this has to be so hard for these artists, taking a well loved and incredible tune recorded in the magical live arena with thousands of students singing along and then popping it down in the studio and still captivating us. Well done fellas! Well done.
- Knit my Heart – I wish this song had it’s actual title that was something like, “June 7th, 2007.” If there’s a weak spot on the CD, this could be it but that’s still saying alot! The care and attention that went into this song is still admirable.
- Mystery – I get goosebumps every time listening to this song. I’m not saying anything other than it is simply amazing what Charlie and company do with the most simple refrains.
Are you still reading this review? You should have checked out a long time ago and ran to iTunes to pick this up!
Charlie Hall The Bright Sadness