Happy

Happy

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by Matthew West
     
 

It's almost a shame to tag newcomer Matthew West's glorious debut as "Christian rock" -- West's Happy so far outclasses his CCM counterparts that one is loath to saddle him with a label that could turn off prospective mainstream fans. But Christian rock this is, judging by the deeply insightful lyrics that praise God, even as they eschew the smiley-faceSee more details below

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It's almost a shame to tag newcomer Matthew West's glorious debut as "Christian rock" -- West's Happy so far outclasses his CCM counterparts that one is loath to saddle him with a label that could turn off prospective mainstream fans. But Christian rock this is, judging by the deeply insightful lyrics that praise God, even as they eschew the smiley-face Christianity other CCM rockers prefer. Vocally West is part Bono, part Chris Martin, and musically Happy reflects these influences as well, bearing U2's rock energy and Coldplay's melancholy heart. Indeed, despite the album's title, West doesn't offer any easy answers here. The title track, "Happy," has its dark edges, offering a view of life less than perfect, with plenty of chances to get "a little dirty." While words like "God," "Savior," and "Jesus" are in short supply, there's no doubt at whom these songs are directed: Take the pounding rocker "I Can't Hear You," where West snarls, "We're all climbing up on the shoulders in a room full of strangers, when we should be reaching for you." West shows he can move listeners to tears with the aptly titled "My Finest Hour," a wrenching ballad about the struggle to keep one's faith during the darkest time. Happy isn't all sunshine and roses, it's way too real for that -- but it's a fine example of what Christian rock should be.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602498606346
catalogNumber:
000097702
Rank:
67744

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matthew West   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Strings
Jason Houser   Background Vocals
Jimmy Collins   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Matt West   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Hank Mobley   Composer
Kenny Greenberg   Composer,Producer
Clark Hook   Art Direction
David Leonard   Engineer
Susan Levy   Art Direction
Mills Logan   Programming,Engineer
Chance Scoggins   Composer
Jonathan Yudkin   Arranger
Jan Cook   Art Direction
Greg Bieck   Programming
Jason Houser   Composer,Producer
Tim Frank   Art Direction
Jimmy Collins   Composer,Programming
Emily West   Art Direction
Sam Mizell   Composer
Matt West   Composer

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