All Things New

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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.
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.

There's a freshness and exuberance permeating every track here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Sparrow
  • UPC: 724357689700
  • Catalog Number: 76897

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Things New (5:41)
  2. 2 Much of You (4:51)
  3. 3 Only Getting Started (3:44)
  4. 4 Last Day on Earth (4:17)
  5. 5 What Now (4:37)
  6. 6 Please Only You (3:44)
  7. 7 Coming Attractions (4:07)
  8. 8 Big Story (4:20)
  9. 9 Believe Me Now (4:34)
  10. 10 Angels Wish (4:04)
  11. 11 I Believe in You (3:43)
  12. 12 Treasure of Jesus (6:01)
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Album Credits

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, Digital Editing
Steve Bishir Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Danny Raines Executive Producer
Jess Sutcliffe Engineer
Patrick Warren String Arrangements
Bill Whittington Digital Editing
Pete York Executive Producer
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
Jed Hackett Digital Editing
Dan Needham Programming
Ryan Castle Engineer, Digital Editing
Tracy Moyer grooming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this one!!

    This is a very thought-provoking album. Steven Curtis Chapman really has a gift for songwriting, and it shows. Maybe not as bouncy as some of his previous recordings, but definitely one of his best. :) Please listen to this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spirituality for the ears

    Once again Stephen Curtis Chapman has shown you can sing about your spirituality without stifling or repetitive lyrics proclaiming the "blood of Christ." Although I did miss the guitar presence he's come to be known for, I still enjoyed it. The music is solid and the lyrics uplifting. I definitely recommend it to those how'd like to dip there toes into the contemorary christian music world to see if they'd like anything there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Awesome Album

    SCC has provided us with another awesome album full of heartfelt praises and inspiring lyrics. The melodies are somewhat new and fresh for him and this album is very much unlike anything he's done before. It does continue the trend though - Fabulous!

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