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Shine Through The Stars by Chasen Shine Through The Stars by Chasen
The main theme in Shine Through The Stars can be summed up in one word: Adoration.
At first listen, most of the tracks struck me as human. A lover pouring his heart out to his beloved. Harmonizing...
All the Hype That Money Can Buy by Five Iron Frenzy All the Hype That Money Can Buy by Five Iron Frenzy
Among the original ‘youth group bands’ of the 90's, Five Iron Frenzy produces off-beat, fast-paced, unconventional and slightly strange music collectively known as Ska.
I picked up...
Larry Norman: Rebel Poet, Jukebox Balladeer: The Anthology by Larry Larry Norman: Rebel Poet, Jukebox Balladeer: The Anthology by Larry
If you enjoy contemporary Christian music, and I’m sure you do, you can extend a huge thank you to the man who started it all. Larry Norman created quite a stir in the 60's Christian music world...

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Larry Norman | Posted April-15-2011
If you enjoy contemporary Christian music, and I’m sure you do, you can extend a huge thank you to the man who started it all. Larry Norman created quite a stir in the 60's Christian music world when he raised the question “why should the devil have all the good music?” Which he asked in a song appropriately titled “Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music?” From there he continued to record sometimes controversial-styled songs that live on today as staples to the contemporary music world. He sang about everything. Politics. Dissension. War. Poverty. Helplessness. Hopelessness. The Gospel. Christ. Salvation. Heaven.

Rebel Poet, Jukebox Balladeer: The Anthology rounds up all of his greatest hits and packages them in one irreplaceable addition to any Christian music collection. Cleverly written lyrics, sometimes even downright funny, really make you think. You’ll enjoy the retro vibes, classic guitar riffs, and general awesomeness of Larry Norman. Your parents may even ask you to turn it up.

Favorite Tracks: Moses: A Blue’s Recital, I Wish We’d All Been Ready, I Am The 6 O’Clock News, Peacepollutionrevolution.






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Five Iron Frenzy | Posted April-15-2011
Among the original ‘youth group bands’ of the 90's, Five Iron Frenzy produces off-beat, fast-paced, unconventional and slightly strange music collectively known as Ska.

I picked up their album All The Hype Money Can Buy at a yard sale when I was thirteen. It went into my CD player and stayed there for weeks on end. The upbeat, catchy, and ridiculously energetic songs featured on this album are perfect for many occasions. For example: Feeling discouraged? Listen to the first song, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”. Hopelessly in love? Give “Ugly Day” a listen. “You Probably Shouldn’t Move Here” provides one with a wonderful mini-vacation from calculus homework. Perhaps you’re feeling a bit retro? Try FIF’s skatastic cover of “It’s Not Unusual”.

A song for every occasion, including youth group night. That’s All The Hype Money Can Buy in a nutshell.       






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Chasen | Posted April-15-2011
The main theme in Shine Through The Stars can be summed up in one word: Adoration.

At first listen, most of the tracks struck me as human. A lover pouring his heart out to his beloved. Harmonizing about their perfect traits. Assuring his unadulterated loyalty forevermore. Bubbly, feel good lyrics abound on the surface level...but listen to the album a second time and suddenly you see what the band was really trying to articulate. All 13 tracks are, in fact, wonderful worship songs to Jesus Christ! They sing of His greatness, His promises for us, and (especially evident in “If It Comes Down”) His great love for us.

Favorite Tracks: Crazy Beautiful, Drown, Don’t Walk Away, Stars Are Meant To Shine




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Forget and Not Slow Down | Posted October-01-2009
I love this new album!

It's reminiscent of their Nashville Tennis EP, with its largely acoustic/backwoodsey sound and profound lyrical content. Matty T's sojourn to rural Tennessee during the writing for the album shows up in every track.

Bouncy, beautiful, and melodious, Relient K leans a little more to their Indie side during a few songs, but then seamlessly return to their pop-punk roots the next.

Favorite tracks: "Candlelight" and "Savannah"

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Sexy Girls | Posted July-22-2009
Have you ever considered the reason guys act the way they do sometimes is because of...you?

Yeah, neither did I. Hayley DiMarco does a fine job in this book telling how the way you present your body to the world, especially guys, affects them, and how to prevent things from getting out of hand.

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Yay! | Posted July-22-2009
It's inevitable.

I now sing every song in the ApologetiX version. Which is nice, since you can listen to secular music and still be reminded of Christian values. Plus, it really throws people off when you do!

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Five Stars for Five Score | Posted July-22-2009
Will the genius, wit, and talent of the boys in Relient K ever end?

Five Score And Seven Years Ago is so far and by far, the best album Relient K has released. It covers the entire spectrum of their talents for songwriting, from the giddy romanticism of Must Have Done Something Right to the clever nonsense of Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care, all the way to the reassurance of Forgiven to the story of heartfelt reflection in Deathbed. They have a song for every emotion, everyday, and every person.

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Dawn's Light | Posted July-22-2009
This was a great book and the starting of an amazing series. Very similar to Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank in theme, but brought to a more believable light set in modern day. She really has a talent for bringing you into the story. After reading this series, I was convinced our power was out for a few minutes!

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Arena | Posted July-22-2009
This is my favorite book ever. I found it at a book sale for a quarter when I was 12 and have read it countless times since then. If you are a fan of The Pilgrim's Progress and/or The Matrix, I suggest you read Arena.


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Good Supplement | Posted July-22-2009
Short. To the point. Entertaining. Chock-full of information that's difficult to get sometimes in this world. Perfect for students, since it's relevant and easy to read.

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