Better Questions

Better Questions

by Todd Agnew
     
 

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Todd Agnew is serious about his Christianity, and he's serious about prodding his co-religionists to move beyond what he calls the "everything is fine" attitude and start truly engaging with some difficult questions about their place and proper function in a corrupt world. Hence, the album's title. But while his heart is obviously in theSee more details below

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Todd Agnew is serious about his Christianity, and he's serious about prodding his co-religionists to move beyond what he calls the "everything is fine" attitude and start truly engaging with some difficult questions about their place and proper function in a corrupt world. Hence, the album's title. But while his heart is obviously in the right place, the musical expression of his heartfelt sentiments on this, his fourth release, is problematic in several ways. The first problem is his vocal delivery, a singing style that crosses the gravelly portentousness of Nick Cave with the over-chewed vowels of Brad Roberts (of the Crash Test Dummies). Then there are the melodies, which are all attractive enough, but none of them is particularly inspiring or even very hooky. There are some great guitar sounds on this album: "Least of These" makes a serious bid for awesome heavyosity, and it pretty much gets there; "Family," on the other hand, layers funky rubber-band guitar with equally funky clavinet and organ, and it sounds great too. (The reggae attempt, however, just sounds awkward and clunky.) But even when the songs boast a great sound, they almost never really take flight -- if you're going to build an anthemic sound, you need inspiring choruses to go with them, and those are sadly lacking on this album. The last straw is the overweening preachiness of too many of these songs -- check out "Peace on Earth" and "Family," for example. He probably doesn't mean these to sound as self-righteous as they do, but that just makes him a good guy. It doesn't make this a good album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2007
Label:
Integrity Media
UPC:
0766887254720
catalogNumber:
872547

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Tracks

  1. Prelude  - Todd Agnew
  2. Still Has a Hold  - Todd Agnew
  3. Least of These  - Todd Agnew
  4. If You Wanted Me  - Todd Agnew
  5. Our Great God  - Todd Agnew
  6. Lovers in Our Heads  - Todd Agnew
  7. Peace on Earth  - Todd Agnew
  8. Funny  - Todd Agnew
  9. Don't Say a Word  - Todd Agnew
  10. War Inside  - Todd Agnew
  11. Martyr's Song  - Todd Agnew
  12. On a Corner in Memphis  - Todd Agnew
  13. Family  - Todd Agnew
  14. Preachers and Thieves  - Todd Agnew
  15. Can I Be with You  - Todd Agnew
  16. [Untitled]  - Todd Agnew
  17. [Untitled]  - Todd Agnew

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Todd Agnew   Primary Artist
Brian Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Tommy Burroughs   Fiddle
John Hampton   Percussion,Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Electric Guitar
Jack Holder   Electric Guitar
Jackie Johnson   Background Vocals
Chris Long   Choir, Chorus
Jody Stephens   Spoken Word
Leslie Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Clay Crosse   Choir, Chorus
Rebecca St. James   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Steve Selvidge   Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Roy Brewer   Violin
Dave Smith   Bass
Rick Steff   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Adam Hill   Background Vocals,Group
Paul Moak   Electric Guitar
Curry Weber   Group,Spoken Word
Jonathan Chu   Choir, Chorus
Tim Nicholson   Choir, Chorus
Candace Bennett   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Spoken Word
Aislynn Rappé   Choir, Chorus,Spoken Word
Jason Gillespie   Group,Spoken Word
Elizabeth Montgomery   Spoken Word
Joy Whitlock   Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Jennifer Puckett   Viola
Jonathan Kirkscey   Cello
Robert Ramsey   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Rich Mullins   Composer
John Hampton   Producer
Justin Peters   Composer
Jonathan Rathbone   Arranger
Fernando Ortega   Composer
Mac Powell   Composer
Kevin Nix   Mastering
Todd Agnew   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Curry Weber   Engineer
Ainslie Grosser   Engineer
Jonathan Kirkscey   String Arrangements

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