Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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The Generous Mr. Lovewell

Artist: MercyMe
Album: The Generous Mr. Lovewell
Release Date: 5/4/10
Label: INO Records

Sometimes, the large genre of CCM can get a bit overwhelming. Easily the biggest genre in Christian music, many of its releases come out as mediocre and predictable. I expected the same with MercyMe's new album, but instead was offered an unexpected surprise. The opening electronic beats are something that I wouldn't have expected from listening to their brand of pop rock.

A mainly upbeat album, The Generous Mr. Lovewell offers up a good amount of high energy songs, as well as the slower, but effective, ballads. Songs like the title track and "Move" are some of the best off the album, with great messages of loving others around us. The ballad "Crazy Enough" has a laid back tone and has a bit of a groove to it, especially with the small solo found in it. Another favorite is "Won't You Be My Love," which is in fact a cover of Thad Cockerell. Completely piano laden, the song comes out beautiful and hits the core of the love theme of the album.

Rating: 8/10 MercyMe seem to break through the CCM trend with their newest album, The Generous Mr. Lovewell. A fresh sound that the genre seems to be lacking is found. MercyMe may have given us the best album in the CCM genre for the year. Time will only tell.

  1. This Life
  2. The Generous Mr. Lovewell
  3. Move
  4. Crazy Enough
  5. All of Creation
  6. Beautiful
  7. Back To You
  8. Only You Remain
  9. Free
  10. Won't You Be My Love
  11. This So Called Love
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