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Root
     

Root

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by By the Tree
 
Sweeping harmonies, frenetic guitars, and serious hooks mark the music of By the Tree, whose third album, Root, is slick enough to please Christian radio programmers and rough enough to maintain the quartet's youth-oriented appeal. Hit-heavy and neatly performed, Root should propel the band to the forefront of Christian rock, where they can

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Sweeping harmonies, frenetic guitars, and serious hooks mark the music of By the Tree, whose third album, Root, is slick enough to please Christian radio programmers and rough enough to maintain the quartet's youth-oriented appeal. Hit-heavy and neatly performed, Root should propel the band to the forefront of Christian rock, where they can proudly sit beside such musical soul mates as Newsboys and Audio Adrenaline. Like those bands, though, By the Tree often stumble when they rely on tried-and-true Christianese for their lyrics ("I need You," "My hope is in You," "Break me," etc.) Such verse may speak to evangelical kids, but this band is good enough to reach a little farther. See what happens when they step outside their comfort zone, as on the quirky "Notes on My Door." Hearkening back to '80s-era Police, the song is interesting musically and lyrically. Mostly, though, By the Tree remain a band earnestly trying to share God through music, instead of sharing their music through God -- and that's the, er, root of the matter.

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All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
Just as the disc's opening track proclaims "get back to the root of it all," the members of By The Tree have done just that with the release of their third offering Root. With new guitarist Charlie Goddard in tow and producer Joe Baldrige, (Jewel, Newsboys, dc Talk) at the helm, the band sounds strong navigating through ten tracks. "I Need You" and "Far Away" are fine examples of unadulterated guitar bliss that rock the senses. Add to that the power chorus and bass breakdown on "Faith That Breathes (Break Me)," and you have tunes with chops. On the bands previous two releases the mix of slower cuts on the discs aided in creating some great dynamic shifts for the band. On Root there isn't one ballad to be found. The closest thing to it is the radio-friendly "Root of it All," and this cut has "hit" written all over it. Root is a rock disc -- make no mistake about it -- and that's exactly the message By the Tree wanted to deliver here.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0679143003720
catalogNumber:
430037
Rank:
263081

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Root 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw by the tree a few days ago in concert and they're great!! And I really like the CD. You should definitely get it!