All About Love

All About Love

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by Steven Curtis Chapman
     
 

There's an unwritten rule about love songs in Christian music, which is that they should address the Divine only. But Christian music's most successful (and influential) artists have been able to chip away at that restriction, and perennial Dove Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman has written some of the most eloquent love songs the genre has known. Still, Chapman's…  See more details below

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There's an unwritten rule about love songs in Christian music, which is that they should address the Divine only. But Christian music's most successful (and influential) artists have been able to chip away at that restriction, and perennial Dove Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman has written some of the most eloquent love songs the genre has known. Still, Chapman's 13th studio release is something of a landmark because it's entirely about love relationships -- the earthly kind. Just in time for Valentine's Day, All About Love neatly debunks the notion that Christian artists can't (or shouldn't) address the romantic. Chapman dedicates the album to his wife of 18 years, Mary Beth (who is also the executive producer), which should please naysayers -- as should Chapman's spiritual focus throughout. But the proof is in the music. This is an outstanding collection that is both musically rich and lyrically eloquent. "How Do I Love Her," "We Will Dance," and "Echoes of Eden" beautifully convey Chapman's message that "we love God best when we love each other well." Love contains two covers: The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" and Ronnie Milsap's "I'll Take Care of You," the latter superbly performed. Chapman's own 1993 hit "I Will Be Here," now a wedding standard, is remade as a tender, piano-based composition that surpasses the original. Also included is "When Love Takes You In," from Chapman's 2001 Declaration release. For anyone in love, or wanting to find love, Chapman has provided the perfect spiritual soundtrack -- and opened a few doors in the process.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
With two platinum and nine gold records Steven Curtis Chapman probably deserves to be cut some slack for personal projects. Instead of compromise though, the veteran performer refocuses in on the commitment of his 18- year marriage to his wife Mary Beth, and uses that as the nucleus for All About Love. It's an honest, passionately delivered disc that reflects a commitment to vows and his wife. "How Do I love Her" is a song laced with the beauty of a baby grand surrounded by simple bass notes and an acoustic guitar. The tune weaves a melody that's both sincere and fitting. Make it through "11-06-64" without a tear and you're much less emotional than most. Chapman's eloquence here is enriching, both lyrically and musically. The cut boasts the prominence of his wife's birthday, weaving a tapestry a la James Taylor. " I Will Be Here" is one of this release's most touching moments. The brilliance of Chapman's' lyrics are only matched by the beauty of the cut's sweeping strings. Regardless of the inspiration, it has to be difficult to write with one specific theme in mind. While still appealing, a few cuts seem a bit over-sweetened. Tunes like "Miracle of You" and "I'll Take Care of You" are examples of a mishmash of influences. At times, Frankie Vali, Pablo Cruise, and Harry Connick Jr. seem to be emulating from the tunes. Imagine finding 15 love songs on one collection without smut, sexuality, or blatant overtones. Steven Curtis Chapman delivers a lyrical batch of uplifting slants on commitment, passion, and worship that culminate in one beautiful message of love.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2003
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0724354176227
catalogNumber:
41762

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steven Curtis Chapman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Matt Rollings   Piano
David Angell   Strings
John Catchings   Strings
Luis Conte   Percussion
Travis Cottrell   Choir, Chorus
David Davidson   Strings
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Yvonne Hodges   Choir, Chorus
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Michael Mellett   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar
Scott Sheriff   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Melodica
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Kris Wilkinson   Strings
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Neil Wilkinson   Drums
Will Denton   Drums
Leland Sklar   Bass
Jerard Woods   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Adam Anders   Bass,Keyboards
LeAnne Palmore   Choir, Chorus
Randy Pearce   Electric Guitar
Chris Mosher   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Nirva Dorsaint   Choir, Chorus
Jovaun Woods   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Joey Canaday   Bass

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Steven Curtis Chapman   Producer,Liner Notes
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Carl Marsh   Orchestral Arrangements
Charlie Reid   Composer
Craig Reid   Composer
John Painter   String Arrangements
Hank Nirider   Digital Editing
Jan Cook   Art Direction
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Fred Paragano   Digital Editing
Chris Mosher   Programming
Mary Beth Chapman   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer

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All About Love 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
God is Love! Although this album was written and dedicated to his wife, it is obvious from the heart and compassion felt in this cd that SCC has learned all about love from his personal Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the King of Compassion. I am a single Christian man and I was able to learn even more about Jesus through this album. Many of the songs can be sung as unto the Lord. The redo's of the 2 secular songs are great, especially that of 500 miles! I was impressed by SCC's vocal range on the Connick-like song. SCC will continue to be the reigning champion of CCM for years to come. I look forward to his next album and to hear what God has been showing and teaching him about His unconditional Love. I encourage evryone that reads this to buy the album, yet more importantly to receive the Love and Grace of God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steven Curtis Chapman is an extremely gifted artist, all of his music CD's are great, and "All About Love" is no exception. The words are inspirational and the music is uplifting! Both his musical talents and his Christian perspectives are incomparable! SCC has real talent!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
His music is beautiful, touching, genuine, and just absolutely wonderful. He reaches in deeply; it's wonderful to see the love God gave him for his wife.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album! All (well, most) are love songs written to his wife, MaryBeth and they are all the best! It is truly touching. Mr. Chapman has wonderful talent and is my favoritest ever! Ah, it is all so romantic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about this one at first, but I love it now! The songs are wonderful, especially 'Your Side of the World', 'Echoes of Eden', and my favorite, 'We Will Dance'. The style of music appeals to me, too. Overall, a wonderful, relaxing album.
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