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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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: 1/13/2004
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498606346
  • Catalog Number: 000097702
  • Sales rank: 28,258

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 More - Matt West (4:28)
  2. 2 Happy - Matt West (3:38)
  3. 3 The Turnaround - Matt West (4:00)
  4. 4 I Can't Hear You - Matt West (3:21)
  5. 5 You Know Where to Find Me - Matt West (3:59)
  6. 6 The End - Matt West (3:59)
  7. 7 Out of My Hands - Matt West (3:57)
  8. 8 The Lie - Matt West (3:56)
  9. 9 Every Second - Matt West (4:08)
  10. 10 My Finest Hour - Matt West (3:42)
  11. 11 Curtain - Matt West (4:58)
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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
Ken Love Mastering
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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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I fell in tears and started to worship

    Matthew West's songs are so touching and beautiful, they seam to take away the importance of your problems for some time. They open the ears and the eyes of your heart to make you realise that life without God is an utopia. Such a music makes me forget about everything that is not eternal and helps me keep my eyes focused on God. I absolutely love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty cool!

    This is an awesome CD! Matthew West totally shows his devotion for God in this CD. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Happy" is exactly how I feel listening to this CD

    This is a great CD--every song is excellent, both words and music. Really fun to listen to, and I do, over and over and over. I'll be wearing this one out quickly! Definitely want "More;" can't wait for his next CD.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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