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Life Is Beautiful [edit]
by Press Play | Genre: Pop/Rock | Release Date: May 19, 2009
 

David Hanley has been recognized for developing a style of music that is classified as pop, rock and worship with world and urban flair. Partnering with some of the most prolific producers that top the charts today, Press Play sits at the forefront of a music genre that has yet to fully be capitalized upon. Having shared performance stages, production and writing sessions with some of the world’s most recognizable talents, Hanley has positioned Press Play in a most unique way. Seen as the banner talent for an entire denomination of young people, Press Play has been noted as having the hottest worship set anywhere. Musicians from all over the world add to Press Play’s ability to reach audiences.

Featuring the hit single "Life is Beautiful" and the musical talents of Darlene Zschech, IROCC, and Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris).

Track Listing
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01. Break It Out
02. I Give My Love
03. Say Say (feat. Irocc Williams)
04. I Love Who You Are
05. Life Is Beautiful
06. Sound Of Love
07. Angels Sing
08. Fixation
09. Unashamed
10. Praise The Lord
11. I'm Alive
12. Fill This Place (feat. Darlene Zschech)
13. One Life

Entry last edited by NRTeamAdmin on 05.18.09

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A Great Effort By A Positive Band | Posted December 05, 2009
My intrest was sparked in this band when I heard thier first single 'Life Is Beautiful' on Air one day while driving...I was instantly hooked. My intrest grew even further when the band was announced to play at my church earlier this Summer. It wasn't long before I went out and had to own a copy of this band's album...

This album has a very upbeat tempo about it, think tobyMac meets Jump 5--a fabulous band for preteens, but something that adults of all ages will also enjoy listening to. Musically, the album is very diverse, from a latin flair in the song 'I Gve You My Love' to the rock riffts that run throughout the opening track 'Break It ut'. But lyrcally is where this band shines--inteligent worship with the message of hope. 'Angels Sing' is by far one of the most lyrically bautiful songs on the album--and one that will always stick with me, as one of my friends played it durring our graduation earlier this year... :)

'Say Say', 'Fixation' and 'Life Is Beautiful' are some of y favorites on the album, with a nice add of flair by some rap vocals on 'Say Say'.

Overall I realy do enjoy this album, it may not be everyone's cup of tea, seeing as it is mostly a pop album, but once you hear the bands message of Praise to our God and see all the wonderful things they are doing with thier minstry, you might just want to give this band a listen for yourself.

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Press Skip | Posted June 02, 2009
It’s been said you can’t be all things to all people. Politicians, movies and even music have all tried to debunk that theory and few if any have ever met with success. The new group from Los Angeles called Press Play makes an almost commendable effort to be all things to all people with their hybrid of hip hop/pop/rock/praise and worship. But like virtually all of those who have gone before them, Press Play’s debut Life is Beautiful doesn’t reach it and what’s even worse is they don’t even come close.

The album starts off by trying to duplicate the techno pop rock tunes similar to Skillet and their CD Invincible thanks to Dave Hanley’s vocals which are parallel to John Cooper’s of Skillet vocals. However watching talented and experienced musicians pull off something doesn’t mean it’s as easy as monkey-see monkey-do. “Break it out”, which has a little of Family Force 5 crunch mixed in, is a electronic influenced dance rock tune which, while upbeat, is not very catchy. “I give my love” follows the same vain and doesn’t fare much better than it’ predecessor.

Next style shift. The Hip-hop and rap portion pop up here and there but make its most infamous appearance in the short song “Say Say.” The co-singer Paige Adkins gives this song and others similar to it a hip hop sound like Group 1 Crew. “Say Say” also includes the guest appearance of rapper Irocc Williams who does add some life into a solid song but even he can’t shake the feeling that Press Play really isn’t a band to take seriously. Another song which isn’t complex and doesn’t even seem to aspire to be is “I love who you are.” The title track wraps up the tone of the album with its music (A bad impression of Group 1 Crew along with some average pop rock) and it’s ‘deeply’ theological lyrics (‘Cause you and me, will always be /We've got the best thing going on’).

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better (or worse) Press Play throws the listeners a curve ball: praise and worship music. But it’s not much of curveball because the modern worship used in Life is Beautiful are really generic. “Angels sing” sill appeal to the Chris Tomlin fans, but sadly, the lack of something new will lead to more Tomlin listening than Press Play. Smaller musical expansions include pop with a punk influence like Hawk Nelson on “I’m Alive” and the techno dance music on the enjoyable “sound of love” sounds like new band And Then There Were None.

The best song on the album is “One Life”, which is a fine inspirational ballad that uses a little rock to make it a little interesting. The song’s message, to live our lives without regrets or sorrys (‘When my life is over and I read through my own review/The meaning of my life with no regrets/No questions why/No sorrys for all the things i could have made/No sorrys I gave it all I didn’t say someday’), is also the strongest on the album but while that formula works, it’s hardly original.

I would usually discuss the lyrics more but it's almost irrelevant at this point. It will either take fans of the bands clichés and unchallenging simplistic song writing to pick Life is Beautiful up. Or it will take hard core fans of Press Play’s genre… which really isn’t anything specific. Sadly, there really isn’t anything Press Play is really good at, leaving a lot of would-be listeners hitting skip.


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Life is beautiful | Posted June 02, 2009
First of all take everything Nate said and reverse it and that's Press Play. Since when did every Christian Album have to be loaded with deep lyrics. Can't we ever have fun? Can't we ever just roll down the window and just jam to great music with positive lyrics and a great beat? This album is fantastic but youth group traditionalists (Older people) won't like it. Why? Because it's good. Anything good we kick to the curb in the Christian industry. Press Play is going somewhere, and going somewhere fast. There album is loaded with amazing beats, fun hooks, and every song is one you can listen to on your ipod on a treadmill. Do not be sidetrack Press Play by the Nate's for their will be many of them. This album also has a great way of just letting you have fun something we haven't heard in a long time. The great thing about this album was that it's an album you can give to your unsaved friends and they will enjoy. This album is a masterpiece! Fresh, cutting edge and fit for greatness. Let's not be so harsh Nate! We need to welcome new Christian artists and not slam them when they make their first entry. No wonder why we have lost Jessica Simpson, and Brittany. Our vision in Christian Music has often missed the mark and we've paid the price with a lot of artists we lost. Anyways, do not judge this album by Nate's Bias. Judge it on the merit of innovation, excitement, and the joy it brings to the most crucial audience of all. 12-18 year olds. We are losing them and this kind of piece will bring them back to Christian Music.

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Thanks! | Posted October 03, 2013
 Thank you for being a musician that is inspired by God!  It Is so amazing to hear music that glorifies him and gives him all the praise. I pray that He blesses you in your ministry and that you are able to continue in your career and help other come to Christ! Thank you for all you do in the name of our Lord!

 Thank you for being a musician that is inspired by God!  It Is so amazing to hear music that glorifies him and gives him all the praise. I pray that He blesses you in your ministry and that you are able to continue in your career and help other come to Christ! Thank you for all you do in the name of our Lord!

 Thank you for being a musician that is inspired by God!  It Is so amazing to hear music that glorifies him and gives him all the praise. I pray that He blesses you in your ministry and that you are able to continue in your career and help other come to Christ! Thank you for all you do in the name of our Lord!

 



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Love the CD, Love the Group | Posted July 05, 2009
They are diverse, and I am so proud they can spread the word of God in praise music that can touch so many groups of people. The group examplifies the talent found in Los Angeles and Angelus Temple that is the melting pot of our great city and our congregation. God Bless. Keep spreading the word.



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