Declaration

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Coming off the platinum-selling Speechless, Steven Curtis Chapman shows he still has plenty to say with Declaration. Chapman's brand of straightforward pop is always well crafted, and this group of songs displays his signature lyric candor and strong melodic hooks. Chapman tends to leave spiritual navel-gazing to the Jennifer Knapps of the world, focusing instead on broader expressions of faith and the Christian walk. That's not to imply any lack of depth, and indeed Declaration contains some superlative moments: Already hit-bound, the bouncy "Live Out Loud" is hooky and quirky, with pop-culture references to "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and Reege. Beautifully crafted ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Coming off the platinum-selling Speechless, Steven Curtis Chapman shows he still has plenty to say with Declaration. Chapman's brand of straightforward pop is always well crafted, and this group of songs displays his signature lyric candor and strong melodic hooks. Chapman tends to leave spiritual navel-gazing to the Jennifer Knapps of the world, focusing instead on broader expressions of faith and the Christian walk. That's not to imply any lack of depth, and indeed Declaration contains some superlative moments: Already hit-bound, the bouncy "Live Out Loud" is hooky and quirky, with pop-culture references to "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and Reege. Beautifully crafted and performed, "This Day" uses layers of harmony and intricate guitar work to express a message about the need to reaffirm one's faith each day. More personal is the sweet "Love Takes You In," a song written after Chapman and family adopted a baby girl from China. With producer Brown Bannister in volved once again, Chapman's Declaration feels both oddly familiar and fresh -- perhaps because this time around, Chapman chose to record with his road band as opposed to hired studio hands. With more Grammy and Dove Awards than anyone in Christian music, Chapman is frequently referred to as the genre's most decorated artist, and Declaration will surely add to the trophy booty.
All Music Guide - Ashleigh Kittle
As the United States of America marked the two-week anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, contemporary Christian music saw the release of Steven Curtis Chapman's 12th album simply entitled Declaration. The album's name is taken from the project's song "Declaration of Dependence," in which Chapman proclaims his utter reliance on God. It only seems fitting that a project with the intent of declaring everyone's need, as human beings, for dependence upon the Almighty would be offered in the wake of such tragic and horrific events. The Sparrow Records' project mirrors Chapman's previous three or four albums. It does not necessarily employ the precise styles of acoustic pop and CCM as its predecessors. However, the release reflects his past efforts in that Chapman appears to be re-inventing himself once again without losing the sound listeners have come to expect. With Dependence, Chapman continues to provide upbeat, and at times edgy, tracks that communicate clear messages of faith. Notable songs include the album's first radio single, "Live Out Loud," which references Regis Philbin, "Bring It On," and the poignant "Savior."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: Sparrow
  • UPC: 724385177040
  • Catalog Number: 51770

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Live Out Loud (3:55)
  2. 2 This Day (4:36)
  3. 3 Jesus Is Life (3:32)
  4. 4 No Greater Love (4:58)
  5. 5 God Is God (4:17)
  6. 6 See the Glory (3:36)
  7. 7 Bring It On (4:16)
  8. 8 When Love Takes You In (4:43)
  9. 9 Magnificent Obsession (5:02)
  10. 10 Declaration of Dependence (3:51)
  11. 11 God Follower (4:19)
  12. 12 Carry You to Jesus (4:05)
  13. 13 Savior (5:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steven Curtis Chapman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Marimbas, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Eric Darken Percussion, Hand Clapping
Brandon Harris Background Vocals
Michael Mellett Background Vocals
Gene Miller Background Vocals
Scott Sheriff Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright Concert Master
Emily Chapman Background Vocals
Will Denton Percussion, Drums
Ashley Melling Background Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Wes Clanton Background Vocals
Bernie Herms Synthesizer
Landon Pigg Background Vocals
Randy Pearce Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chris Mosher Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
Gabe Pigg Background Vocals
Nikki Chapman Background Vocals
Ashley Anderson Background Vocals
Anna Flaut Background Vocals
Joey Canaday Bass
Technical Credits
Brown Bannister Producer
Steven Curtis Chapman Producer
Steve Bishir Engineer
Steve Hall Mastering
Patrick Kelly Engineer
Carl Marsh Orchestral Arrangements
Danny Raines Executive Producer
Geoff Foster Engineer
Jan Cook Art Direction
Fred Paragano Digital Editing
Chris Mosher Programming
Pete York Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was great!

    This album was my 13th birthday present to myself. I pre-ordered it hoping it would be wonderful, and it was! I especially loved 'Live Out Loud', 'When Love Takes You In', and 'Magnificent Obsession'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    worship Inspiring

    Stven Curtis Chapmans music is inspiring. It makes you want to go out and lead people to christ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    My overall review on Steven Curtis Chapman is that he is so wraped up in God's love that in the way that you hear him singing leaves you speechless, and that he wants to show the world his love for God. Steven Curtis Chapman is just amazing! Steven sings about preparing for God's coming and that we should all be ready. I recommend him for a 5 star rating because he is awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my fav cd

    steven curtis chapman has succeded again in producing another set of amazing songs. especially listen to See the Glory and Magnificent Obsession

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great is Great!

    Steven is a great performer by anyone's standards but when he sings God is God he delivers a message with the melodic measure reminiscent of Rich Mullins. The CD has many great selections but this is my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Steven is too cool!!!

    Steven Curtis Chapman writes wonderful lyrics to his songs that describe his love for God. A friend let me listen to his cd ''Declaration'' once and i simply fell in love with it.

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