Dove Award winning group, Austins Bridge, releases their highly anticipated sophomore project, Times Like These, produced by Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts). Times Like These features the strong harmonies of Austins Bridge that spotlight Christian lyrics with a deep Country/Bluegrass sound.
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:)| Posted May 18, 2010
I don't listen to a lot of country music. Maybe because many songs have innuendos and cheating
references; maybe because I'm a teeny bit jealous when the song mentions good romance and all I can
do is imagine. *sigh* Austins Bridge's Times Like These is an uplifting album that will encourage you on
the tough days.
If you've ever felt abandoned, you can take comfort in the fact that "Mercy Never Leaves". Along with
"Times Like These", a promise to shine in a dark world, and "Dash Between The Dates", the
ever-present "don't waste your life" track that raises the question, "just how many ways can you say it?",
it's my favorite song. "Angels" describes those people who we see on an everyday basis who are really
angels in disguise. "Quitters" reminds us never to give up no matter what we're facing. And we can't deny
that "There Is A God" when we take a minute to look at the everyday miracles all around us.
I liked the overall smoothness of the album; you won't find any harsh sounds on it. Nearly all of the songs
are in the comfortable 3 1/2- 4 minute range; the longest song, "Big Sky", at 4:52, features a long
chorus-of-voices ending that sounds like it was recorded in somebody's bathroom (echoes).
To someone who's jaded and has heard it all a thousand times, this album may come off as cheesy and
cliche. Which is why I'm glad that I haven't. Times Like These is the perfect gift for a sick or discouraged
friend. I encourage you to listen and see if you don't leave feeling a little better.