They set out to nail down a defining moment in their career, the MercyMe golden spike if you will. The goal for Coming Up to Breathe was a genre groundbreaking release such as Amy Grant's Lead Me On or U2's The Joshua Tree. While it's hard to go that far, it's safe to say that MercyMe's artistic integrity has met commercial appeal somewhere in the middle with Coming Up to Breathe. The one-time worship band certainly know how to write a hit and they bring us more of the same with radio-ready tracks like "So Long Self," "Last One Standing," and "Safe and Sound." But lead man Bart Millard digs a little deeper on the self-revealing "No More No Less" and "One Trick Pony." Lyrically both tracks reveal a band unapologetic about their faith and creative destiny. "Pony" is a pleasant divergence with its slide guitar and Mississippi mud atmosphere, conjuring up images of the band sitting at a crossroads somewhere in the Southland. MercyMe has never been afraid to show their musical influences on their sleeve. That's why you shouldn't be surprised by the Edge-like guitars on "Something About You" or even the pounding rhythm chords of "Hold Fast," which evoke Coldplay comparisons. So it's that struggle between creating something new and holding true to your principles that the band spells out for us. Perhaps Millard sums this up best on "3:42 AM (Writer's Block)" when he sings of a man out of words but not out of passion to allow God to speak through him. That's always been the aim of MercyMe and in this case, their hammer has driven this spike solidly into the ground. --Michael Lyttle
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AWESOME album!!| Posted March 28, 2011
I LOVE this album. Some of my very favorite songs (ever) are on this record. MercyMe is always awesome. ;) My favorite's are "So Long Self", and "3:42 AM". I love the message behind "So Long Self"-Saying goodbye to your old, sinful self, in such a fun, yet serious way, is awesome. ;) Love this album. Probably my favorite MercyMe record. Highly recommended!
Coming up to breath| Posted September 30, 2008
Mercyme's album Coming up to breath has really impressed me. It's fun to listen to all the time, no matter what your mood is. My favorite sone is coming up to breath. it is awesome and if you haven't heard it yet you should go listen to it.
Absolutely Awesome| Posted May 10, 2008
MercyMe's new album has a great new, heavier sound which has been described as 'supergroup' sound. With this comment I fully agree, and in my opinion MercyMe will go down in Christian music history as "Legendary"and "world changing" This album showcases them at their best as Musicians, Writers and most importantly Chrisians.