Chris Sligh's 7th studio album comes off of This Is Life – an album dedicated to paying homage to his musical influences that included Bryan Adams, Ben Folds, Tom Petty and Paul McCartney. He influences for the new album moved to electronic pop and EDM producers and DJs like Max Martin, David Guetta and Calvin Harris.
As with every Chris Sligh record, he sells himself and his production to the concept. For This Is Life it was 80s & 90s singer/songwriter rock. For Mighty Roar / Healing Flood it became the amalgamation of 80s pop mixed with the EDM of today with the twist of guitar sounds that so easily identify it with modern worship music.
And so began the journey that culminated with this 11-song set of songs that some are already saying is Sligh’s most current-sounding and tightest collection of songs yet.
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Worship Meets Electropop| Posted December 19, 2016
Like quite a few Christian artists these days, you may recognize Chris Sligh from his time on the major singing competition American Idol. After taking tenth place in the sixth season of the show, Chris immediately jumped into releasing music with his 2008 album Running Back To You. The album carried the top 10 hit "Empty Me" and made Chris an artist to watch in the worship/pop genres.
With Chris' last full-length project releasing in 2013, it's been a few years since new music, but Mighty Roar / Healing Flood is here to remedy the long wait. "I think it is the album I'm most proud of, maybe ever. It has radio stuff. It has worship stuff. It has artsy stuff. And all of it kind of stays in this electro-pop realm that feels current to me," Sligh says of the new record.
Energetic "Freedom Song" sets the tone for Mighty Roar / Healing Flood with its electro-pop invitation to worship. "Stripes" takes listeners back to the original sound they came to know from Chris with bold, anthemic lyrics that proclaim the truth of Scripture. "Backwards" displays the lyrical depth on this album: "You overcame my curse and put death in reverse / gave imperfection worth / You turn things backwards."
A song I could potentially hear on the radio, "Here" is a fun track, playing on the electronic elements that run through the whole project. Worship moments "Worthy," "Fill This Place" and "Your Love" keep the flow of the album pointed toward praise while still going back to the pop roots that make each track an enjoyable listen. Upbeat "You Are God" joins reverent yet powerful "Mystery Of Love" and "All To You (Surrender)" to close out the album with several really strong points.
It seems the almost four year wait for new music was exactly what Chris Sligh needed to produce an album unlike any he's ever released before. The electro-pop vibe runs from beginning to end, even in the more worship-focused tracks, which creates a diverse listen and shows his growth as an artist since the last release.
The Bottom Line:Mighty Roar / Healing Flood is absolutely a success that shows Chris's passion for music and aims to put him back at the top of his game.
Song To Download Now:
"Backwards" (Get it on iTunes here.)