Something to Say

Something to Say

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by Matthew West
     
 
One of the biggest dilemmas a session songwriter like Matthew West faces is whether to make a solo career be the extension of his day job, or to do something altogether different the moment he chooses to step in front of the microphone. As a hitmaker for the likes of Mandisa, Natalie Grant,

Overview

One of the biggest dilemmas a session songwriter like Matthew West faces is whether to make a solo career be the extension of his day job, or to do something altogether different the moment he chooses to step in front of the microphone. As a hitmaker for the likes of Mandisa, Natalie Grant, Point of Grace, and the occasional country act, West excels at penning melodic, serviceable pop anthems that get neatly wrapped up in just under four minutes. Incidentally, he's not too dissimilar to his role as a songster -- it's hard to distinguish whether some of his songs are leftovers from previous writing sessions or if they're an outpouring of where he stands as a stand-alone artist. In theory, West should have a lot to say on Something to Say, his third solo effort: he recorded it in the wake of a bout with vocal cord polyps, the same malady that once nearly sidelined Whitney Houston for good. Lamentably, nothing about this ordeal was chronicled on this album, whose press materials go to great lengths to describe. Instead, Something to Say is likable but ultimately impersonal Christian pop, large on indelible melodies, soaring hooks, and a pop
ock sound already championed by CCM peers Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Schultz, and Chris Tomlin. West does have a distinctive half-rapped, half-sung vocal style in the more upbeat tunes, and "Life Inside You" and "Moment of Truth" are gutsy slices of real-life pop. Outside of that, Something to Say merely goes through the motions, only occasionally surpassing the best West has contributed to his own clientele over the years.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0094638452027
catalogNumber:
84520

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matthew West   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Catchings   Strings,Cello
George Cocchini   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Strings
Jerry McPherson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Eric McPherson   Electric Guitar
Mike Payne   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dan Needham   Drums
Tim Lauer   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Ed Cash   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Will Sayles   Drums
Tony Lucido   Bass
Paul Moak   Electric Guitar
Michelle Swift   Background Vocals
Ben Shive   Keyboards
Terry White   Background Vocals
Christopher Stevens   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Cary Barlowe   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sam Mizell   Keyboards
Rob Hawkins   Electric Guitar
Matt Pierson   Bass

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer,Engineer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Tim Lauer   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jan Cook   Art Direction
Ed Cash   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Bobby Shin   Engineer
Jason Houser   Composer
Christopher Stevens   Programming,Producer
Matthew West   Composer
Sam Mizell   Composer,Programming,Producer

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