The Altar And The Door

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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
Expectations ran sky-high for Casting Crowns' third studio album following a couple of years as Contemporary Christian Music's best-selling and most-played artist. The looming question wasn't whether lead singer and songwriter Mark Hall would drastically change his formula -- that was doubtful after the group's first two albums were certified Platinum faster than any other artist in CCM history (Jars of Clay was the only other group to accomplish the feat). The question for fans was whether or not the runaway success would change the band's heart. Casting Crowns rose to prominence due to Hall's "painful but true" storytelling of the Christian condition and his comforting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
Expectations ran sky-high for Casting Crowns' third studio album following a couple of years as Contemporary Christian Music's best-selling and most-played artist. The looming question wasn't whether lead singer and songwriter Mark Hall would drastically change his formula -- that was doubtful after the group's first two albums were certified Platinum faster than any other artist in CCM history (Jars of Clay was the only other group to accomplish the feat). The question for fans was whether or not the runaway success would change the band's heart. Casting Crowns rose to prominence due to Hall's "painful but true" storytelling of the Christian condition and his comforting calls to reform. The Alter and the Door picked up where Lifesong left off, this time with a slightly greater dose of rock. This time around, songs centered on the disconnect between the faith believers feel during worship and the doubt that plagues them during the rigors of daily life. In other words, how to overcome the spirit being willing but the flesh being weak. Where former albums drew their strength from ballads and AC pop, Alter gave the world upbeat rock classics. The first three tracks showcase more grunge guitar than could be heard on all of Lifesong. "What This World Needs" is a tense, fast-paced rocker that opens the album with the same urgency as Jars of Clay's "Work." "Every Man" and "Slow Fade" also draw on mature rock themes. The band still offers a handful of its signature ballads, reaching a pinnacle on "The World Is Alive" and "I Know You're There." Casting Crowns gave fans no reason to be disappointed on Alter, and anyone living under a rock who was unfamiliar with the band at the time of its release would find little to dispel the group's reign among CCM artists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Reunion
  • UPC: 602341011723
  • Catalog Number: 10117
  • Sales rank: 32,817

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Casting Crowns Primary Artist
David Angell Violin
John Catchings Cello
Connie Ellisor Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Mark Hall Vocals, Group Member
Monisa Angell Viola
Jim Gray Conductor
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen Cello
Christopher Farrell Viola
Tonya Nolan Guest Appearance
Gunnar Miller Guest Appearance
Logan Miller Guest Appearance
Madison Miller Guest Appearance
Juan DeVevo Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Hector Cervantes Electric Guitar, Group Member
Melodee DeVevo Violin, Background Vocals, Group Member
Chris Huffman Bass, Group Member
Megan Garrett Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Group Member
Stefan Petrescu Violin
Technical Credits
Steven Curtis Chapman Composer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Blair Masters Contribution
Dale Oliver Engineer, Contribution
Mark Hall Composer, Author
Bobby Huff Contribution
Terry Hemmings Executive Producer
Bernie Herms Composer, String Arrangements, Contribution
Nichole Nordeman Composer
Adam Nitti Contribution
Mark Adam Miller Audio Production
Tim Parker Art Direction
Steve Fee Composer
Stephanie McBrayer Art Direction
Hector Cervantes Composer
Michael Hewitt Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    casting crowns is the best ever!!!!!!!! i have all their albums.
    the lyrics are very powerful.
    east to wast:)

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    Absolutely love the lyrics and music. Very glad that I purchased this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Moving

    Casting Crowns has again taken us to a deeper relationship in our worship with Jesus Christ. Very powerful Words. A must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW! Fantastic Message wrapped in great music!

    Casting Crowns is a fantastic group, and this CD has to be the most hard hitting message I've heard from CCM in the last 20 years. EVERY track on this CD pulls at your heart strings, and demands action from the listener. This isn't just a feel good recording, it's powerful stuff! I'm buying copies for all my siblings!

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