Posted March 19, 2009
This is my first album from Avalon. I haven't heard a lot from them, save for "Testify to Love", cause everyone has heard that one! I'm not a big fan of Inspirational/AC music,but I was honestly really surprised at how amazing it was.
The album starts with the signature Avalon hit, "Testify to Love", which has become one of Christian music's biggest hits in the last twenty years. The song "Give it Up", from theur 1996 debut album, is an upbeat, lively pop song that talks about giving up everything for Christ.
"Knockin' On Heavens Door", from their 1997 sophomore release A Maze of Grace, has a fast-paced beat with an irresistible melancholy feel. The new song "Still My God" is one of my least favorites. It has a boring Casting Crowns feel to it. The song is uplifting, but the music lacks depth.
"Take You At Your Word" is a fun, peppy track that sounds like something V*Enna would have sung. The mainstream crossover hit, "Can't Live A Day", from their 1999 album In A Different Light, is a beautiful song about not being able to live without Christ.
"The Glory", from their 2001 album Oxygen, is a powerful anthem with killer vocals that talks about Christ's glory. "Wonder Why" has a somewhat dance/club feel to it. The song immediately puts a smile on your face. "Adonai" has a praise & worship vibe, while "New Day" is a sunny pop/rock song that sounds like Joy Williams or Jaci Velasquez. "Everything to Me" is a great song that is about how Christ is everything. "I Don't Wanna Go" is my favorite song from the album. The song is so real and so true. I tear up everytime I listen to this gorgeous song.
The happy "All", from their 2004 album The Creed, reminds me of ZOEgirl, while "You Were There" is a tender ballad. The only song from their 2006 release Stand, "Orphans of God" features rich vocal harmonies and a lush string arrangement. The remake of "In Christ Alone", from their 2006 album Faith, is one of my favorite renditions of the song.
Overall, the album can be summed up in one word: Amazing. The only thing I have to say is that the album could have featured a couple more songs, such as "In Not Of" or "Always Have, Always Will", and I would have liked to see another song from their album Stand, but like I said, it's a great album and I really enjoyed it.
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