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World Anthem

World Anthem

by Press Play
     
 
In the mirror world of Christian music, where trends in pop are carefully studied and closely replicated in the service of a religious message, David Hanley's group Press Play represent an effort to adapt the hard-charging electronic dance-pop of acts like Black Eyed Peas, P!nk, and

Overview

In the mirror world of Christian music, where trends in pop are carefully studied and closely replicated in the service of a religious message, David Hanley's group Press Play represent an effort to adapt the hard-charging electronic dance-pop of acts like Black Eyed Peas, P!nk, and Lady Gaga to the spiritual realm. Hanley's fellow musicians, synthesizer programmers, and producers attack the dancefloor with fast BPM tempos, over which he and singers such as Sada Jackson and Jonathan Thulin bark out such slogans as "Start a revolution," "Change the nation," "Join the movement" (all heard in leadoff track "World Anthem"), and "Let's get the fire started" ("F-I-R-E"). Early on, they concern themselves more with attracting attention, soft-pedaling the implicit Christian sentiment with more catch phrases that could be taken to represent friendship or romantic love. "I am yours forever," they sing in "Just Like Lightning," for instance. As the disc continues, however, the tempos slow, and the lyrics become more direct, until, finally, Jackson sings, "God is the difference" in "Change the World." From there, the album concludes with a few ballads full of praise and worship as if, the listeners having been corralled from the dancefloor, they now can be given the straight story. A godless cynic might say that performers like Hanley and company contrive their sound-alike music, unconcerned with the art form. But to a believer, any vehicle that can help convey sinners and the uninitiated to salvation is worth driving, as long as Jesus takes the wheel.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Dream Records
UPC:
0044003142381
catalogNumber:
31423
Rank:
274376

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Press Play   Primary Artist
Mike Adams   Drums
Jonathan Thulin   Vocals
Tyler Logan   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Joel Bodker   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Gina Hanley   Background Vocals
Anthony Rick   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
David Hanley   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Tisha Sanchez   Prayers
Sada Jackson   Vocals
David Thulin   Prayers
Harold Franklin   Prayers
Sasha Brens   Dancer

Technical Credits

Sean Cook   Composer
Mark Dorflinger   Engineer
Jonathan Thulin   Composer,Producer
Tyler Logan   Programming
Joel Bodker   Programming
Anthony Rick   Programming
David Hanley   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Manwell Reyes   Composer
Tisha Sanchez   Composer
Sada Jackson   Composer
Lance Brown   Executive Producer
Jessica Sarangay   Composer
David Thulin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Harold Franklin   Composer
Sasha Brens   Choreographer
Marqis Walker   Composer

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