Closer

Closer

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by Shawn McDonald
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2011
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
5099922650528
catalogNumber:
26505

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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

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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Closer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every song on this CD has a new sound. Great lyrics and instrumentals.