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Beauty in the Broken
     

Beauty in the Broken

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by Starfield
 
Beauty in the Broken is still a praise & worship version of alterna-CCM. These (really) young men write gorgeously crafted songs, perfect for use in a modern church, and for being embraced by anyone who isn't afraid of their message. Granted, not all the lyrics are profound, but they are working in a particular medium and they're not supposed to be. Emo kids

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Beauty in the Broken is still a praise & worship version of alterna-CCM. These (really) young men write gorgeously crafted songs, perfect for use in a modern church, and for being embraced by anyone who isn't afraid of their message. Granted, not all the lyrics are profound, but they are working in a particular medium and they're not supposed to be. Emo kids would dig the hooks -- though the production is hardly lo-fi (Sufjan Stevens this ain't!); U2 fans will dig the guitar sounds; and of course, those kids into CCM will flip their wigs for this. Musically, Beauty in the Broken isn't a sophisticated album so much as it is big and in-your-face modern rock. And it's honest; it's rapturous in all the right ways. These guys aren't wry or clever about their sentiments and are not afraid to show where they stand. They shout it from the rooftops, but they do it in songs that are disciplined and conscious of dynamics and texture. Where producer Matt Bronleewe brought them into the world on their last outing, it's Ed Cash who takes them to the next level. Bronleewe worked on three cuts here, and it's not clear if they were left over from the last album or they're new, but it hardly matters because Beauty in the Broken feels of a piece. There are some standout cuts, and the awfully titled "Everything Is Beautiful" is a crunchy roaring testament of love receiving and offering back God's love. "Captivate" is a midtempo rocker that is also a gorgeous prayer of brokenness and surrender -- the Neufeld brothers are fine singers and they emote purely, without artifice or forced drama. The acoustically based "Son of God" is simply weak. It may work in church, but it doesn't work as a rock & roll song. "Great Is the Lord" is as mighty as its title. It comes out of the box roaring and careening in barely controlled dynamic tension; it walks back from the edge a little in the verse but jumps over it in the bridge. This is what good anthemic rock & roll music should do, no matter the genre. The set ends with "Shipwreck," an atmospheric midtempo rocker with a fine melody and gorgeous vocals. Starfield aren't quite there yet; there are some duds here. It hardly matters. They've moved up a couple of notches from a worthy debut. In the wonderful days of rock & roll's golden age, when the major labels were not a couple of companies that controlled them all, A&R departments developed an artist over three or four albums before they worried about regaining their investment in them. These kids will no doubt get there -- there is simply too much talent for them not to. While one hopes they step outside the praise & worship ghetto and stretch out, they seem to like being there for now.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2006
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0094631157325
catalogNumber:
11573

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Performance Credits

Starfield   Primary Artist
James Gregory   Musician
Scott Williamson   Musician
Dan Needham   Musician
Matt Bronleewe   Musician
Jeremy Bose   Musician
Ed Cash   Musician
Tony Lucido   Musician
Paul Moak   Musician
Tim Neufeld   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Josh Robinson   Drums

Technical Credits

Matt Bronleewe   Composer,Producer
Douglas Kaine McKelvey   Composer
Christina Nichols   Management
Ed Cash   Producer,Engineer
Brad O'Donnell   Executive Producer
Alexis Goodman   Art Direction
Rusty Varenkamp   Engineer
Jon Neufeld   Composer
Tim Neufeld   Composer

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Beauty in the Broken 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is WONDERFUL! From the first track to the last, this disc draws the listener into intimate worship of God. The layered vocals of the Neufield brothers really add to the CD, and pop harmonies abound alondside passionate or quietly beautiful melodies. The lyrics are simple in their worship of God yet give the listener new perspectives of His glory and majesty. The band behind the vocals is AMAZING! I love this CD from first track to last!
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