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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Throughout her career Rebecca St. James has been a bit of a musical chameleon, dabbling in electronica, folk, and traditional praise & worship settings. But like all good vocalists, she rises to the occasion and adapts with great ease to whatever the canvas presents to her. This time around she finds herself in the trenches of the highly polished, extremely commercial alternative rock sound throughout "If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something." The driving sound of "Alive," "You Are Loved," and "Shadowland" brings to mind tonal qualities normally found in Linkin Park or Coheed & Cambria, but only if they were filtered through having tea with the Cranberries with ...
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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Throughout her career Rebecca St. James has been a bit of a musical chameleon, dabbling in electronica, folk, and traditional praise & worship settings. But like all good vocalists, she rises to the occasion and adapts with great ease to whatever the canvas presents to her. This time around she finds herself in the trenches of the highly polished, extremely commercial alternative rock sound throughout "If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something." The driving sound of "Alive," "You Are Loved," and "Shadowland" brings to mind tonal qualities normally found in Linkin Park or Coheed & Cambria, but only if they were filtered through having tea with the Cranberries with lyrics emerging from a wholly Christian perspective. Like on most of her releases, St. James' pleasant and inoffensive presentation throughout the 12 songs could easily find their way onto the soundtrack or background music found on any prime time teen soap opera on the UPN or WB networks. And the music is so contemporary and the lyrics sometimes so ambiguous, it's easy to forget where her message is coming from and what it's all about.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2005
  • Label: Forefront
  • UPC: 094631156625
  • Catalog Number: 11566

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God Help Me (3:12)
  2. 2 Alive (3:22)
  3. 3 You Are Loved (4:38)
  4. 4 Shadowlands (3:55)
  5. 5 Love Being Loved by You (3:56)
  6. 6 I Need You (3:55)
  7. 7 Beautiful Stranger (3:43)
  8. 8 Thank You - tobyMac (3:56)
  9. 9 Take All of Me (5:53)
  10. 10 Forgive Me - BarlowGirl (3:43)
  11. 11 I Can Trust You (4:14)
  12. 12 Lest I Forget (6:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rebecca St. James Primary Artist
James Gregory Bass
David Angell Strings
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Strings, Violin
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Brent Milligan Bass, Guitar, Cello
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Strings
Robert Hawkins Guitar
Tedd T. Bass, Guitar
Matt Bronleewe Guitar
Stephen Leiweke Guitar
Tony Morra Drums
Carrie Bailey Strings
Ben Phillips Drums
Darren King Drums
Paul Moak Guitar
BarlowGirl Track Performer
Zach Fisher Drums
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Carl Marsh Programming
Toby McKeehan Composer
Brent Milligan Executive Producer
Bill Whittington Engineer
Scott Dyer Composer
Aaron Swihart Engineer
Rebecca St. James Composer
Robert Hawkins Composer, Programming
Tedd T. Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Matt Bronleewe Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Source Material
Jeremy Bose Programming, String Arrangements
Ben Phillips Engineer
Bobby Shin Engineer
Jamie Moore Composer
Rusty Varenkamp Engineer
Tim Frank Art Direction
Ainslie Grosser Programming, Engineer
Shaun Shankel Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ministry Undiminished

    Each song ministers in a different way, even if they're not all among my St. James favorites. 'Shadowlands,' 'Beautiful Stranger,' 'I Need You,' and 'I Can Trust You' are. This last album of Rebecca's came at just the right time for me and was a great encouragement. As always, the music itself was gorgeous and the lyrics solid. Rarely have I noticed filler lyrics on her albums. Most of the albums have at least two songs that are instantly appealing, and many other songs that improve with listening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this CD is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i loved this CD. I'd say it was her best one yet. She truly has a godly perspective in these songs. I really like Thank You with Tobymac, and Love Being loved by you the most. i'd say this Cd is worth the money

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This One is Her Best Yet

    Aside from any "greatest hits," albums or the "A-live in Florida," this is her best "regular album" yet. I can't agree with other reviewers that this detracts from her typical style, if anything, it broadens it.
    I see in R St. J's albums a growth and expansion happening. Her album, simply titled "God," is just that: simple. Not 'simple-minded,' but very innocent and uncomplicated in expressing her adoration of the Almighty. And, from there, her musical expressiveness seems to take on more and more facets with each successive album: "Transformed", "Worship God," "Best of," and now "If I Had...". I think part of the reason people reacted to this album with ambivilance is perhaps because she did have a greater tendency for worship style music in the past, and this takes more a straight "Contemporary Christian" feel and mayhaps some of her fans weren't ready for that; but it doesn't mean that she won't return to that genre in the future or explore it more, it just means she's trying new things and expanding in other directions. As long as God gets the glory and there's not moral compromise, what's the problem? I don't see any.
    But, I don't want to linger on this. Let's get to the actual overview.
    Like I said before, she does expand, but it's in wonderful ways. We see a great spectrum of emotion, feeling and expression in this album, and I do like her less simple and straightforward lyrics, they come off to me as more creative and thought out. Going down the roster: "God Help Me," I think is my favorite song on this CD. It's powerful, driven and almost desperate in her plea for God to help her get through her life glorifying Him. The rock is fabulous and her delivery is awesome. "Alive" is also great, not as intense, but still good. "You are Loved," is sort of poetic rock, if such a genre exists, but it's very evocative in her 'story' of meeting someone fallen from God and her attempts to get through to this person. "Shadowlands" is amazing. It's so emotive, filled with raw hope and again, that desperation for Jesus to see her/us through. You really feel both her pain and joy in this breathtaking piece. "I Need You" and "Beautiful Stranger" are again, not as gripping, but still have great feeling and depth. Worth enjoying, and hearing the messages they offer. "Thank You" is a throwback to her previous, less complex lyrics. Fans of her 'tradional' sound will enjoy this song with Tobymac, as she offers God a great rap/rock song of very freely given thanks for all He has done. It has a great beat. "Forgive Me" and Lest I Forget" are worth mentioning together, because they are both deeply touching ballads that are so full of feeling you WILL be brought to tears. R. St. J. is so open and depthful in these two songs, if you really need to intimately reach God through song, these are it. They are so beautiful and powerful. You will love these 2 songs. "I Can Trust You" is another of her 'traditional' style pieces, pretty and thought provoking, it's another gem.
    Whatever you may have heard/read in way of negative feedback, ignore it. Rent this CD first if you need to (check your local library) and try it out first, but be open-minded. Don't let the style expansion put you off, this CD is fabulous. Give it a chance, R. St. J. does N

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not that bad

    i have heard better cds from rebecca st. james , but i can't really hate any of her music because i like her as a singer alot , but i would have to say that this is her 2nd worst cd she's ever had, i do hope she makes more cds but just not as lame as this one although there is at least five good songs on the cd, but if you are a true fan of rebecca st. james then i would recommend this to you all, if not don't waste your time or money!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of her worst

    come on she could do way better than this why did she have to go and ruin her singing career, i got this cd thinking that it was going to be like her last ones that were good. these new songs are just dull and have no point and they have no meaning she used to be a wonderful singer i mean there was only about three good songs on this cd if even that. hopefully her next cds in the future will be better. don't waste your money on this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Drop the God, Emphasize the Beat

    This album has a few good worship songs, but RSJ appears to have lost her ministry edge on this album. She no longer tries to reach people for God, but rather just tries to relate to them through experiences. Too many songs on this album are off-focus from what we have come to expect from this singer, and it is disappointing, unless you hope for her to go secular.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just ok...

    After the excitement of a new, much anticipated release wears off, this album is not the finest. Rebecca takes a personal journey, like a more secular artist, as opposed to her former stance of radically pointing the way to God. The lyrics of this album are not always carefully crafted. If you can not relate to or understand her personal experiences, the album offers only a few fantastic worship songs, including "Forgiven."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2008

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