Declaration

Declaration

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by Steven Curtis Chapman
     
 

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 JenniferSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0724385177026
catalogNumber:
51770

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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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