Closer

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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
On Closer, Shawn McDonald defies anyone who thinks he may have shown all the nuances of his voice and songwriting on his first three discs. The critically acclaimed Christian singer/songwriter emerged from a prolonged hiatus more resilient than ever, and more tuned in to the type of artist that suits him best. Described as everything from "trippy folk-pop" to "stripped-down earthiness" on prior releases, McDonald illuminates new facets of his identity on his fourth full-length release. Closer finds him at his deepest and most thought-provoking, due to a series of challenges in his personal life that inspired his lyrics. But ironically, this combination showcases a greater...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
On Closer, Shawn McDonald defies anyone who thinks he may have shown all the nuances of his voice and songwriting on his first three discs. The critically acclaimed Christian singer/songwriter emerged from a prolonged hiatus more resilient than ever, and more tuned in to the type of artist that suits him best. Described as everything from "trippy folk-pop" to "stripped-down earthiness" on prior releases, McDonald illuminates new facets of his identity on his fourth full-length release. Closer finds him at his deepest and most thought-provoking, due to a series of challenges in his personal life that inspired his lyrics. But ironically, this combination showcases a greater sense of something that was missing in the past, namely the sense that he's having fun. The catchy, syncopated backbeats, the layers of acoustic guitar, and the funky grooves invite listeners on a journey that is only inches outside the sound of Mat Kearney and Brandon Heath. McDonald probes for answers on songs like the title track, where he sings, "We're looking for color in the shade of gray/trying to find change from the old mundane." The album carries on with a sense of urgency and earnest yearning, but the brightest moments, like opening tracks "Better Way" and "Hope," give the singer his identity. And getting to know the real Shawn McDonald gives the artist what he truly has lacked in the past: traction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2011
  • Label: Sparrow
  • EAN: 5099922650528
  • Catalog Number: 26505
  • Sales rank: 48,907

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Better Way (3:56)
  2. 2 Hope (3:16)
  3. 3 Closer (3:23)
  4. 4 Faithful (3:25)
  5. 5 The Space Between Us (3:40)
  6. 6 Something Real (3:44)
  7. 7 Control (3:48)
  8. 8 Don't Give Up (4:25)
  9. 9 Rise (4:27)
  10. 10 Eyes Forward (3:38)
  11. 11 Storms (4:06)
  12. 12 Mystery (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shawn McDonald Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar
Roy Brewer Violin
Dale Bradley Cello
Tony Lucido Bass
Christopher Stevens Keyboards
Claire Indie Cello
Jeremy Lutito Percussion, Drums
Jake Smith Vocals
Josh Garrels Vocals
Zach Casebolt Violin
Ryder Jones Electric Guitar
Jeffrey Niemeter Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Jim DeMain Mastering
Bryan Myers Booking
Joy Williams Composer
Jason Ingram Composer
David McCollum Management
Ben Glover Composer
Christopher Stevens Composer, Programming, Producer
Shawn McDonald Composer
Jake Smith Composer
Katie Moore Layout
Josh Garrels Composer
James Hoogin Management
Lee Foyd Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Every song on this CD has a new sound. Great lyrics and instrum

    Every song on this CD has a new sound. Great lyrics and instrumentals.

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