The Upside of Down

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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
There are artists who play it safe with their album titles, and then there's Chris August. First there was the improper English of his debut, No Far Away, an album that netted him three Dove Awards -- CCM's version of the Grammy -- and the chart-topping "Starry Night," which cemented him as Christian music's latest radio fixture. This time around August delivers The Upside of Down, a play on words meant to serve as an observation on the paradoxes of the Christian faith, all set to the crooner's acoustic brand of spirit pop. In truth, nothing on The Upside of Down quite mines the complexities of the faith experience, let alone man's response to life's ups and downs. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andree Farias
There are artists who play it safe with their album titles, and then there's Chris August. First there was the improper English of his debut, No Far Away, an album that netted him three Dove Awards -- CCM's version of the Grammy -- and the chart-topping "Starry Night," which cemented him as Christian music's latest radio fixture. This time around August delivers The Upside of Down, a play on words meant to serve as an observation on the paradoxes of the Christian faith, all set to the crooner's acoustic brand of spirit pop. In truth, nothing on The Upside of Down quite mines the complexities of the faith experience, let alone man's response to life's ups and downs. Instead, August scratches the surface -- he is as uncomplicated and MOR a CCM singer as they come -- almost like a lite version of Bebo Norman, Aaron Shust, or Brandon Heath. August actually sounds like Heath on the title track, an acoustic walk in the park that could pass for a B-side to Heath's own "I'm Not Who I Was." August veers left of center on cuts like "Amen" and "Unashamed of You," adding a dash of gospel and blue-eyed soul to a disc that, in the end, is far more "Hey There Delilah" than a nod to the likes of Jonny Lang or Dave Barnes. The Upside of Down may not be cause to do backflips about, but it's otherwise a pleasant, if largely indistinct, sophomore disc from this maturing singer/songwriter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Fervent / Spirit-Led
  • UPC: 080688838829
  • Catalog Number: 888388
  • Sales rank: 67,415

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Center Of It (3:04)
  2. 2 The Upside Of Down (3:45)
  3. 3 Amen (4:50)
  4. 4 This Side Of Heaven (2:57)
  5. 5 Restore (3:59)
  6. 6 Let There Be Light (3:37)
  7. 7 I Believe (3:46)
  8. 8 1989 (3:52)
  9. 9 Unashamed Of You (3:19)
  10. 10 A Little More Jesus (4:06)
  11. 11 Let The Music Play (3:44)
  12. 12 Water Into Wine (4:11)
  13. 13 Meant To Be (3:43)
  14. 14 Truth Is Still True (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris August Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Ian Eskelin Background Vocals
Mike Payne Electric Guitar
David Garcia Keyboards
Jason Eskridge Choir, Chorus
Josh Moore Keyboards
Tony Lucido Bass
Callie Cryar Background Vocals
Ben Phillips Percussion, Drums
Drew Ramsey Electric Guitar
Maureen Murphy Choir, Chorus
Jacob Schrodt Percussion, Drums
Adrian Disch Bass
Chris Lacorte Electric Guitar
Lo Carter Choir, Chorus
Tim Lowry Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ian Eskelin Composer, Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
David Garcia Composer
Chris Stevens Composer
Ben Glover Composer
Jason Eskridge Choir Arrangement
Aaron Shannon Engineer
Katherine Petillo Art Direction
Jason Turner Legal Counsel
Callie Cryar Composer
Tony Wood Composer
Ben Phillips Engineer
Nathan Angelo Composer
Chris August Composer, Programming, Producer
James Tealy Composer
Andy Gullahorn Composer
Seth Jones Composer
Ben Rector Composer
James Hodgin Management
Jami Crockett Management
Marc Lacueta Vocal Engineer
Liz Whipple grooming
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