Open Wide This Window

Open Wide This Window

by GlassByrd
     
 

Marc Byrd is the former frontman of the beloved indie band Common Children and coauthor of the monster smash "God of Wonders," a practically mandatory addition to any modern worship album. Christine Glass's distinctive, ethereal vocals can be heard backing a host of top-flight artists. Put them together and you have GlassByrd, one of the most eagerly… See more details below

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Marc Byrd is the former frontman of the beloved indie band Common Children and coauthor of the monster smash "God of Wonders," a practically mandatory addition to any modern worship album. Christine Glass's distinctive, ethereal vocals can be heard backing a host of top-flight artists. Put them together and you have GlassByrd, one of the most eagerly anticipated projects in the alternative-CCM world. Married in the real world, the duo achieve a blissful musical blend as well, as Byrd's raspy vocals are beautifully complemented by Glass's airy soprano. The music is neat alternative-pop, the songs pretty, ethereal things that seldom rock hard but provide a moody, smooth backdrop to the day. If anything, that's Open Wide's weakness: Each lovely track seems to melt into a pleasing mid-tempo blur. While it may be hard to distinguish, say, "This Window" from "Hang On," there are a few moments that stand out, such as GlassByrd's ravishing take on "God of Wonders." Overall, this is a nice, meditative collection, but it may leave some listeners wanting a little more sizzle.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
Open Wide This Window is the debut release from husband and wife duo Marc Byrd and Christine Glass. The opus has all the makings of Album of the Year. Dripping with production excellence courtesy of Steve Hindalong and Marc Byrd, the release is evidence of outstanding songs meshed with stellar vocal performances. The tune "This Window" has shadings of Byrd's last band, Common Children. Here his whispered vocals are echoed by the ethereal undertones of Glass. The cut is an earthy gem. Much the same, the tune "Mercy" is an acoustic standout. Byrd's guitar talents are textured here and shine throughout the opus, while his vocals deliver every time. "I Stand Amazed" is a demonstration of two musicians with a passion for excellence and a heart for God. Lyrical reverence is matched by a musical bed of acoustic guitars and orchestration that's extraordinary. While Christine Glass handles lead vocals with flair à la "Everywhere I Turn," and especially "I Love You More," her accents and nuances when singing with Byrd are unmatched. While originally a Common Children spin, "God of Wonders" is redone here and is both gritty and lush. Open Wide This Window is an absolutely beautiful and evocative performance by both Marc Byrd and Christine Glass. It is a most impressive debut.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Word Entertainment
UPC:
0080688620929
catalogNumber:
886209

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Performance Credits

GlassByrd   Primary Artist
Phil Madeira   Choir, Chorus,Mellotron
Tim Chandler   Bass
Steve Hindalong   Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel
Dennis Holt   Drums,Choir, Chorus
Tom Howard   Conductor
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Andrew Thompson   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Choir, Chorus
Chris Donohue   Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Darrel Powell   Bass Guitar
John Hartley   Choir, Chorus
John Painter   Horn,Wurlitzer
Julian Kindred   Keyboards,Piano Strings
Eric Wyse   Choir, Chorus
Christine Glass   Piano,Choir, Chorus
Pete Kipley   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Marc Byrd   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Katherine Petillo   Choir, Chorus
Michelle Palmer   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Steve Hindalong   Composer,Producer
Tom Howard   Arranger
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Hubert Robertson   Executive Producer
Louie Teran   Mastering
Andrew Thompson   Composer
Derri Daugherty   Engineer
Julian Kindred   Programming,Engineer
Barry Landis   Executive Producer
Jordan Richter   Engineer
Fred Paragano   Pro-Tools
Christine Glass   Composer
Pete Kipley   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Skye McCaskey   Engineer
Jason Scherer   Engineer
Marc Byrd   Composer,Producer

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