Monday, March 26, 2012

Sidewalk Prophets: Live Like That Review

Sidewalk Prophets’ debut project These Simple Truths pushed the Contemporary Christian group to the forefront of Christian music. Their two singles from the album, “The Words I Would Say” and “You Love Me Anyways” both shot up the Christian charts, reaching #1 and staying there for some time. Now, after much anticipation from their fans, Sidewalk Prophets is finally back with their sophomore project Live Like That. Fronted by the lead single and title track, Live Like That has an encouraging, overwhelming message of living a life full of love for God and others and conforming to the imagine of His Son.

“Live Like That” opens the album after the electric prelude, titled “Hebrews 12:1.” Beginning with soft piano, “Live Like That” explodes into a strong and upbeat chorus, a prayer that our lives would point to Christ in all we do and say. It’s probably the best single Sidewalk Prophets has released yet, and I do hope to see it continue to do well on Christian radio.

The funky, “Love, Love, Love” follows, featuring background vocals from Sidewalk Prophets’ fans. Musically, this track takes on a 33 Miles sound, with a fun sound that declares the immeasurable love of God, and displays a desire for that love to be displayed in our lives as believers. Strings accentuate the beauty of “Save My Life,” which has a sad feeling, asking God for words of encouragement in times of utter desperation. This track is single-worthy, and will, no doubt, be an encouragement to all of the listeners.

“Keep Making Me,” also on the slow side of things, is a prayer that God would continue shaping us and making us after His heart, while the more contemporary “It’s Good (Love’s Not Safe)” continues the message, speaking of how even if seems like God is breaking you, He is always good.

The serious “Help Me Find It” asks God to be continually leading us in the right paths; it also has a powerful message of choosing to praise God, even through the tough times of life. The strong strings accentuate Dave Frey’s wonderful vocals. “Heart’s On Fire” speaks of lighting the flames of passion for God, and simultaneously serves as a song of thanksgiving for all He has done for us – a really great and worshipful listen. The upbeat “Wrecking Ball” has very creative lyrics, a prayer that God would break our heart for what breaks His, while the fast-paced “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” stand out for its revolution lyrics. It makes for a great sing along, especially through the chorus: "We will rise up for the kingdom come/ lay down our lives for the sake of love/ if God’s with us we know that nothing’s gonna stop us..."

For those who constantly feel alone, “For You Tonight” encourages the listener that “we all need someone on our side/ there is a hope with arms open wide for you tonight.” Lyrically, it’s very encouraging, and musically it’s softer. “This is Not Goodbye,” composed of soft piano and strings, closes Live Like That, a very sad track, yet a perfect ending for Sidewalk Prophets’ sophomore project.

With Live Like That, Sidewalk Prophets has stretched their sound and message in a great way. Musically, and especially lyrically, Sidewalk Prophets has done a fantastic job with their sophomore project, delivering both an encouraging project for the hurt and broken, and a challenging project for their fans to look more like Christ and demonstrate His love in practical ways. Live Like That surpassed my expectations, and I was personally very pleased with the result.

Rating: 4/5
Release date: March 27, 2012

Track listing:
1. Hebrews 12:1 (Prelude)
2. Live Like That
3. Love, Love, Love
4. Save My Life
5. Keep Making Me
6. It’s Good (Love’s Not Safe)
7. Help Me Find It
8. Heart’s On Fire
9. Wrecking Ball
10. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us
11. For You Tonight
12. This is Not Goodbye

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