Posted August 23, 2017
By MicahGarnett_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Carter Frodge is no stranger to the music industry. Having toured across the world with rock group Everyday Sunday, he is now stepping out on his own with his own electro-pop project, Life of Carter. Frodge's vision for the band is to reach the millennial generation with lyrics that are relevant to the life of a young Christian adult, and he certainly succeeds in that goal.
From its opening moments, the self-titled EP makes a statement. The joyously upbeat "All We Need" sets the tone for the album with anthemic choruses and slick, smooth production that showcases the strengths of the project. Frodge declares "When we look at the stars / When we open our hearts / It's all we need / All we need / When our eyes can't deny / When hope is alive / It's all we need / All we need tonight."
"Brand New" is an unashamed take on 2 Corinthians 5:17, functioning as a declaration of faith for Frodge. It's also an earworm as it boasts one of the strongest pop hooks of the year. "We're The Colors" is a timely ode to the beautiful uniqueness and diversity of God's creation: "Take these expectations / Throw them out the door / It's okay to ride a different wave / You're bigger than a planet / I wish you could understand it / You're a universe of galaxies / Life is just a slumber / You're the dream."
The last two tracks on the collection bring things down a notch and diverge from the spiritual themes to show a different side of the band. "Without Warning" is a melodramatic take on young love, while "I Think I'm Afraid" expounds on the previous song by showing us the highs and lows of a relationship. It's an enjoyable experience to see Life of Carter so expertly walk the fine line between spirituality and everyday struggles on this EP, which allows the music to hit home with people from all walks of life.
The Bottom Line: Even at its most vulnerable moments, Life of Carter EP displays an impressive hope and optimism that's ridiculously infectious and will leave you wanting more.
Song To Download Now:
"Brand New" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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