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All Things New
     

All Things New

by Steven Curtis Chapman
 
Perennial Dove Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman has long been one of CCM's trailblazers. Classics like 1992's The Great Adventure saw Chapman apply bright pop songwriting and snappy production values to faith lyrics at a time when most CCM fare was dismissed as so much cheese. The innovation has continued on up to 2002's

Overview

Perennial Dove Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman has long been one of CCM's trailblazers. Classics like 1992's The Great Adventure saw Chapman apply bright pop songwriting and snappy production values to faith lyrics at a time when most CCM fare was dismissed as so much cheese. The innovation has continued on up to 2002's All About Love, the first CCM album devoted to the topic of earthly love. With the bar raised this high, some listeners might find All Things New somewhat of a disappointment. A declaration of newfound spiritual devotion, All Things New in fact offers little to distinguish itself from other praise-pop ventures like MercyMe. Chapman's usually pitch-perfect writing is off-key on songs like the title track and "Much of You," which offer a vertical perspective. The problem is that these songs (and, indeed, much of today's worship music) are reminiscent of that old comedian's line: "Enough about me. What do you think of me?" -- they are an individual's expression that may be directed at God but often leaves God out of the picture entirely. Better is a more traditionally crafted song like "What Now," which reminds us that to know Jesus is to have compassion for the poor and forgotten. Jesus called His followers to service-a point the song makes clear. And that call to action is surely more worshipful than all of the choruses of "You are worthy" CCM has dished out of late.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
No one can churn out the hooky CCM quite like Steven Curtis Chapman, whose 13th album is a beautifully crafted and unabashedly, unambiguously devout set of Christian pop songs that will appeal to his large following and maybe even convince a few from outside that circle to give him a listen. Longstanding fans may be surprised by the amount of piano he plays on these tracks -- guitar is his usual instrument, but he acquits himself nicely on the keys on songs like the title track and "Last Day on Earth." Another slightly unusual element on this album is the thick layer of turntable scratching, courtesy of Ric Robbins, that fills in most of the empty sonic spaces on "Just Getting Started." Even when things threaten to get a bit dense and cluttered, though, Chapman's sweet melodic hooks manage to hold center stage; his lyrics generally manage to avoid both smugness and cuteness, frequently challenging his fellow Christians to examine critically both their lives and their commitment. The album ends with more of a whimper than a bang, with three slow numbers in a row: the rather saccharine "Angels Wish," the slightly more interesting "I Believe in You," and the much more rewarding "Treasure of Jesus." Recommended.
Billboard
There's a freshness and exuberance permeating every track here.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2004
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0724357689700
catalogNumber:
76897

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Performance Credits

Steven Curtis Chapman   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Bazouki,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Leslie Pedal
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Matt Chamberlain   Drums,Loops
George Cocchini   Electric Guitar
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Peter Kent   Violin
Karie Prescott   Viola
Ian Walker   String Bass
Patrick Warren   Piano,Keyboards,chamberlain
Lyle Workman   Electric Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Jonny Lang   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Mac Powell   Background Vocals
Chris Chaney   Bass
Kendall Payne   Background Vocals
Jason Wade   Background Vocals
Bob Becker   Viola
Dan Smith   Cello
Steve Richards   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Steven Curtis Chapman   Composer,Producer
Danny Duncan   Engineer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Danny Raines   Executive Producer
Jess Sutcliffe   Engineer
Patrick Warren   String Arrangements
Pete York   Executive Producer
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
Dan Needham   Programming
Ryan Castle   Engineer
Tracy Moyer   grooming

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