Free to Fly

Free to Fly

by Point of Grace
     
 

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The harmony-rich girl pop of platinum-selling supergroup Point of Grace has never sounded better than on Free to Fly, which finds the group surging with new creative and vocal energy after a year-long hiatus. Focusing more attention on their material this time around, they looked outside the Christian songwriting community for the first time -- withSee more details below

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The harmony-rich girl pop of platinum-selling supergroup Point of Grace has never sounded better than on Free to Fly, which finds the group surging with new creative and vocal energy after a year-long hiatus. Focusing more attention on their material this time around, they looked outside the Christian songwriting community for the first time -- with ear-opening results. The first track, "By Heart," was obviously written as a mainstream love song, then given just enough lyric tweaks to avoid offending core Christian fans. Although this upbeat ballad would have been the perfect vehicle for the crossover radio success POG deserve, the retrofitted spiritual message feels awkward. Better is the material from hit-makers of past albums; Lowell Alexander, who wrote POG's 1997 Dove Award-winning "Keep the Candle Burning," contributes the can't-miss power ballad "You Will Never Walk Alone." Vocally, the women show considerable moxie on the excellent "Free Indeed," a jazzy pop number with funky flare that proves these girls have attitude -- not to mention plenty of grace.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
When you listen to this sweet-voiced foursome, it's still hard to get aural images of Wilson Phillips out of your mind, but it's nice to know that a girl group can still achieve such powerful emotions via harmony-driven songs. They've earned an astonishing 21 consecutive number one hit singles and have five gold albums, communicating their love of God in ways that range from rock with a bluesy edge (like the anthemic rabble-rouser "Praise Forevermore") to simple, breathy cards of encouragement ("You'll Never Walk Alone," "He Sends His Love"). "Blue Skies" is a bit simplistic lyrically, but the edgy rock guitars are enhanced with a soaring orchestra, giving the tune major inspirational power. The one genre POG hasn't entered often enough is R&B; the opening track features a gently throbbing groove that is borderline hip-hop. Their best songs always feature the four voices all the way through, but on occasion, one of the ladies takes the lead before the rest chime in, as on "All That I Need." Not a bad little tune, but it's wimpy compared to the power pop of the one that follows it ("Something So Good"). What a unique dilemma -- having so much good material on each album that the songs that don't stand out seem dull by comparison. The liner material mentions that POG exists to "celebrate the triumph of Jesus Christ." And in so doing, they are creating some of CCM's most triumphant and uplifting music.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2001
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0080688611224
catalogNumber:
886112

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Performance Credits

Point of Grace   Primary Artist
Pat Coil   Piano
Phil Madeira   Hammond Organ
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Steve Brewster   Percussion,Drums
John Catchings   Cello
Dave Cleveland   Guitar
Alan Darby   Drums,Guitar (Nylon String)
Schuyler Deale   Bass
Scott Dente   Acoustic Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Tom Howard   Conductor
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Blair Masters   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond Synth
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Dan Needham   Drums
David Tyson   Keyboards
Dan Muckala   Keyboards
Pat Malone   Bass
Nathan Nockels   Keyboards
Chris Rodriguez   Guitar
Mark Hill   Bass

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Paul Evans   Composer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Ronnie Brookshire   Engineer
Bill Cooper   Engineer
Glenn Garrett   Programming,Producer,overdub engineer
Tom Howard   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Matt Huesmann   Composer
Denise Jones   Executive Producer
Tom Laune   Producer,Engineer
Carl Marsh   Arranger,String Arrangements
Michael Mellett   Vocal Arrangements
Chris Rowe   Vocal Engineer
Chance Scoggins   Vocal Arrangements
Jeff Thomas   overdub engineer
Aaron Swihart   Engineer
Darlene Zschech   Composer
Grant Cunningham   Composer
David Tyson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jeremy Bose   Composer
Roger Sommers   Engineer
Chuck Hargett   Art Direction
Bernie Herms   Programming
Dan Muckala   Programming
Joel Lindsay   Composer
Steve Siler   Composer
Wayne Tester   Programming,Producer,overdub engineer
Lowell Alexander   Composer
Shelley Breen   Executive Producer
Nathan Nockels   Producer
Tony Wood   Composer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Heather Payne   Executive Producer

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