Coming Up to Breathe

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All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
There's a reason MercyMe is the hottest act in Christian music. The band has written hit after hit, time after time. With their latest opus Coming Up to Breathe there appears to be more coming. In a concerted effort to revert back to the days when they were more a rock band and less of a hitmaking machine, MercyMe delivers. While it's certainly not heavy metal, the songs definitely keep driving forward. Guitars are more prominent and production leans on a more earthy formula. "No More No Less" is a perfect example of straightforward rock meeting MercyMe; it isn't brain surgery but it is rock & roll and it's done well. The half-time breakdown at the song's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
There's a reason MercyMe is the hottest act in Christian music. The band has written hit after hit, time after time. With their latest opus Coming Up to Breathe there appears to be more coming. In a concerted effort to revert back to the days when they were more a rock band and less of a hitmaking machine, MercyMe delivers. While it's certainly not heavy metal, the songs definitely keep driving forward. Guitars are more prominent and production leans on a more earthy formula. "No More No Less" is a perfect example of straightforward rock meeting MercyMe; it isn't brain surgery but it is rock & roll and it's done well. The half-time breakdown at the song's conclusion takes it to a whole different level. The background vocals literally sound like the Temptations and are some of the best heard yet this year. One area MercyMe will never ignore is in the lyric department. Vocalist Bart Millard delivers some of the most poignant and heartfelt thoughts on Coming Up to Breathe. He and band take the cut "Bring the Rain" and weave it into praise & worship splendor while lyrically telling a relevant story. "Last One Standing" turns up the rock. There's a musical breakdown that could easily be the Foo Fighters when the vocals re-enter the distorted mix and set the tune off. "Hold Fast" is rock with polish and Nathan Cochran's bass groove not only sounds heavy but its very tone exudes sweat. The mid-song bridge shows the band at their pinnacle when the guitars build to Millard's intense vocals. "One Trick Pony" is one of the most diverse cuts, sounding like it's being played from the front porch in the swamps of Kentucky. This feel-good vibe drips with blues and country swagger, with acoustic leads sprinkled throughout and growling with soul. Even when the band plays what appears to be a more subdued melody like "Where I Belong," the guitar nuances and dynamic shifts soak the tunes with flavor that build to the lead guitar. Don't think MercyMe aren't delivering the hits. "So Long Self" has mass appeal musically and lyrically; the coolest part about the poppy hook is the ELO type vocals that penetrate the song's middle. MercyMe is able to rock on portions of each song but they always bring it back to a memorable chorus or a hooky verse. That's the formula that has always worked for them, and it does here, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768064627
  • Catalog Number: 80646
  • Sales rank: 17,882

Album Credits

Performance Credits
MercyMe Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
Lisa Bevill Choir, Chorus
Travis Cottrell Background Vocals
Steve Crawford Choir, Chorus
Barry Graul Guitar, Background Vocals
Barry Green Trombone
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Sam Levine Clarinet
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Blair Masters Keyboards
Michael Mellett Choir, Chorus
Gene Miller Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright Concert Master
Abel Orta Choir, Chorus
Jovaun Woods Choir, Chorus
Nathan Cochran Bass, Background Vocals
Mike Scheuchzer Guitar, Background Vocals
Bart Millard Vocals, Background Vocals
Robby Shaffer Drums
Mandisa Choir, Chorus
Fiona Mellett Choir, Chorus
Aaron Sternke Background Vocals
Dadra Crawford Greathouse Choir, Chorus
Joe Murphy Tuba
Jim Bryson Keyboards
Technical Credits
Brown Bannister Producer
Steve Bishir Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Carl Marsh String Arrangements, String Conductor
Blair Masters Programming
Bill Whittington Engineer, Digital Editing
Brent Higgins Liner Notes
MercyMe Composer
Bart Millard Liner Notes
Shatrine Krake Art Direction
Aaron Sternke Engineer, Digital Editing
Philippe Lardy Original Paintings
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mercy Me Rocks - Or Not

    I usually don't care for rock music, but the music in this album is an exception. The vibrant music and lyrics have definitely captured the plight of the human condition, while being uplifting "I've done everything I can to get myself up on dry land. Now here I am again, reaching for Your hand." (From the title song) I particularly liked the background vocals in "Let Me Introduce Myslf to You", with the richness of the bass voices perfectly blending with the lighter voices of the sopranos in the second part of the song - "Lord, I wanna go home, nothing more and nothing less." My favorite song on the album is "Bring the Rain", because it expresses the desire to give God the glory, no matter what suffering life may bring. The lyrics of the second part, "Holy, holy, holy, holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty" is so strong in its quiet praise that I feel like I'm being lifted right up into the very heights of heaven! One thing I did not like was in the introduction to "Bring the Rain" the drum beats seem to be too loud. That was only like a speck of dust in the oil, though. I think the album as a whole is a significant contribution to Christian contemporary music. I am anxious for Mercy Me to give us more of the same.

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