Relentless

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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
God bless Natalie Grant. After surviving two label shutdowns and constant trial-and-error, the powerhouse vocalist finally hit it big with 2005's Awaken, her best-selling fifth studio album. Before that, it was false start after false start -- the singer with the big voice and even bigger Christian pop dreams couldn't seem to get her break. But Awaken was different. For the first time, Grant was finally taking the reins of her career, forging a vision of her own, handling a larger share of the songwriting duties, and opting for a more mature, pop
ock-inflected adult contemporary sound. With Relentless, Grant continues this maturation ...
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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
God bless Natalie Grant. After surviving two label shutdowns and constant trial-and-error, the powerhouse vocalist finally hit it big with 2005's Awaken, her best-selling fifth studio album. Before that, it was false start after false start -- the singer with the big voice and even bigger Christian pop dreams couldn't seem to get her break. But Awaken was different. For the first time, Grant was finally taking the reins of her career, forging a vision of her own, handling a larger share of the songwriting duties, and opting for a more mature, pop
ock-inflected adult contemporary sound. With Relentless, Grant continues this maturation process, displaying even more artistic autonomy, aggression, and adventurousness than before. For a Christian pop diva, she's certainly taking a lot of risks here, parlaying her potent vocals with fierce pop
ock elements, plus the occasional synth effects, urban-pop affectations, and even a horn section or two. The terrific "Make It Matter" makes use of all of these components, and the result is a glorious pop song -- more interesting and offbeat than a lot of today's Top 40. At times Grant is a little too indiscreet in her attempts at novelty, like on the soulful, sassy "So Long," which sounds too much like KT Tunstall's "Black Horse & a Cherry Tree" to be credited entirely to Grant. Outside of that, she appears most comfortable at delivering substantive, highly polished pop
ock ("I Will Not Be Moved," "Perfect People"), plus enough doses of Grant's own proven, signature pop balladry ("In Better Hands," "Back at My Heart") to satisfy those who fell in love with her beloved hit "Held." As a reference point, you could think of Relentless as the follow-up to Breakaway that Kelly Clarkson failed to deliver after the smash success of that album, except in a Christian pop context. Yes, it's that catchy -- perhaps calculatedly so -- but it's never banal or contrived, like a lot the radio-geared material being produced in the CCM market.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187902527
  • Catalog Number: 79025
  • Sales rank: 38,732

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Will Not Be Moved (3:50)
  2. 2 In Better Hands (3:38)
  3. 3 Make It Matter (3:45)
  4. 4 Back at My Heart (3:47)
  5. 5 Let Go (3:59)
  6. 6 Perfect People (3:38)
  7. 7 Our Hope Endures (4:21)
  8. 8 So Long (4:35)
  9. 9 Wonderful Life (3:51)
  10. 10 Safe (4:19)
  11. 11 Make a Way (Britanny's Song) (6:25)
  12. 12 In Christ Alone (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Grant Primary Artist, Background Vocals
David Angell Strings
John Catchings Strings, Cello
David Davidson Strings
Thomas Flora Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest Drums
Barry Green Strings
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina Strings
The Nashville String Machine Strings
William Owsley III Bass, Guitar
Pamela Sixfin Strings
Gary VanOsdale Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Strings
Scott Williamson Drums
Dan Needham Drums
Chris Graffagnino Guitar
Bernie Herms Piano, Keyboards
Monisa Angell Strings
Akil Thompson Bass
Melinda Doolittle Background Vocals
Trevor Morgan Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Paul Moak Guitar
Ryan Sharp Trumpet
Jamie Kenney Keyboards
Rob Hawkins Guitar
Phillip Lassiter Trumpet, Horn
Jason Hoard Guitar, Electric Guitar
Roman Dudok Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Shaun Shankel Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Danny Duncan Engineer
Mike Curb Executive Producer
David Davidson String Arrangements
Carl Gorodetzky String Contractor
Brendan Harkin Piano Engineer
Bill Whittington Engineer, Digital Editing
Jeff Pitzer Engineer
Jeremy Bose Programming
Bernie Herms Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Vocal Engineer, String Conductor
Jim Daddario Composer
Trevor Morgan rhythm arrangement
Christa Wells Composer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Stuart Townend Composer
Natalie Grant Composer, rhythm arrangement
Bryan Stewart Executive Producer
Keith Getty Composer
Mitchell Solarek Executive Producer, Management
Lee Bridges Engineer, Digital Editing
Trina Harmon Composer
Catt Gravitt Composer
Matthew West Composer
Daewoo Kim Engineer
Jason Barton Composer
Sam Mizell Composer
Joseph Prielozny Digital Editing
Phillip Lassiter Horn Arrangements
Shaun Shankel Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Flawless Album!!

    It's a flawless album! I plan to buy more of her material.

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    Great CD!

    I was not dissapointed upon listening to the latest Natalie Grant cd. The disk is well rounded with songs of several different styles, however, Natalie remains true to her sound. Favorite songs include "Our Hope Endures," and "Back At My Heart."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Natalie Grant

    Natalie Grant is an awesome singer.I love singing along!The songs are great to listen to when I am cleaning up the kitchen!

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