Undone

Undone

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by MercyMe
     
 

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Breakout CCM success story MercyMe had a huge crossover hit with "I Can Only Imagine," a song that resonated because its lyric, though overtly religious, touched the hearts of all who had lost a loved one. Neither the follow-up, Spoken For, nor this third album, Undone, are nearly as accessible in message. With lyrics

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Breakout CCM success story MercyMe had a huge crossover hit with "I Can Only Imagine," a song that resonated because its lyric, though overtly religious, touched the hearts of all who had lost a loved one. Neither the follow-up, Spoken For, nor this third album, Undone, are nearly as accessible in message. With lyrics focusing on an increasingly formulaic praise litany ("Where You lead me / I will follow...," "You are Holy / I fall down on my knees...," "You can shine on," and "Nothing else matters here / But glorifying Your name..."), MercyMe seem less interested in addressing real people and real issues than reciting Christianese. The lone exception is the closing track, "Keep Singing," which features a spare, simple piano and the impassioned vocals of Bart Millard. Like "I Can Only Imagine," the lyric is Christian-but also a heartfelt plea for help during times of trouble. While not stretching lyrically, the band flexes musically, filling out their pop melodies with lush orchestrations and beautiful arrangements. That adds a nice freshness to this release. Still, it's a shame MercyMe haven't capitalized on their newfound fame with a release more topical than Undone.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
MercyMe returns from the platinum and Dove Award buzz of Almost There and Spoken For with Undone. It's a melody-rich album that mixes soaring balladry with a little fizzy rock pizzazz, tying everything together with Bart Millard's easygoing vocal and faith-based lyrics. "Where You Lead Me" kicks off the album, building from a spare acoustic guitar and vocal to an outsized crescendo of keening synthesizers and the cleansed racket of the band's two guitarists (Barry Graul was added to the lineup in 2003). That formula also guides "Everything Possible," though it opts for a more propulsive beat, and also features a cool instrumental breakdown full of chunky power chords. Lyrically, it's the usual devotion to the Big JC -- the lush "Here With Me" might be a Robbie Williams pop gem were it not for its devotional bent. At the same time, Millard also spends time on Undone dealing with the relationship between his faith and his earthly worries and responsibilities. "How can I further Your kingdom/When I'm so wrapped up in mine?" he asks in "In the Blink of an Eye." "Though I'm living the good life/Can my life be something great?" The lines reference Millard and MercyMe's still-fresh ascendancy to CCM's upper crust, where more pressure and bigger tours probably put a premium on praise & worship time. "Homesick" is a delicate ballad about being apart, while the atmospheric title track is full of quiet resignation. With its slick production and MercyMe's full lineup of guitars, percussion, and keys, Undone suggests the tangent of Nashville contemporary country that favors straightforward pop melody over any sort of hard twang. Likewise, the album's more upbeat moments reflect the trend in secular adult alternative toward earnest vocals over whitewashed rock (à la Vertical Horizon). Both sounds work well for MercyMe on Undone, doubtless giving fans of the band's music and devotion plenty more to believe in.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Integrity Media
UPC:
0000768294727
catalogNumber:
92631

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

MercyMe   Primary Artist
Barry Graul   Guitar,Group Member
Matt Slocum   Cello
Nathan Cochran   Bass,Group Member
Mike Scheuchzer   Guitar,Group Member
Bart Millard   Vocals,Group Member
Robby Shaffer   Drums,Group Member
Jim Bryson   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Group Member

Technical Credits

Steve Bishir   Engineer
Barry Graul   Composer
Joel Hanson   Composer
Rob Mathes   String Arrangements
Brad Russell   Composer
Mike O'Connor   Engineer
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
F. Reid Shippen   Engineer
Dan Muckala   Composer
Pete Kipley   Composer,Producer
Robin Geary   grooming
Nathan Cochran   Composer
Mike Scheuchzer   Composer
Bart Millard   Composer
Robby Shaffer   Composer
Dana Salsedo   Creative Design
Jim Bryson   Composer

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Undone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Mercy Me is great and they proved themselves again! I love their music, it's apparent that they are just getting better! I'd definitly recommend this cd and if you don't have the others already, you're missing out! I've already pre-ordered my copy of this one! Keep up the good work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time I hear this song I cry. They have a unique way of touching the heart. I have searched for this song (heard it and didn't know the title) until I found it. For me, it was must buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago