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Posted August 17, 2009
By SarahFine_NRT, Staff Reviewer

A new Matthew West album is always an adventure--between the new music itself and the fun and hilarity they put in the CD linders (which by the way, if you've never looked at any of them--do yourself a favor and check them out)--it always makes for a great buy.

When Matthew West appeared on the scene in 2003, mnay people had never heard of this guy who welded a guitar and honost raw lyrics about his walk with God, but they soon found out that he wasn;t a guywho played any games when it cames to music and musically? He could stand up to ANY o his acoustic rock driven secular counterparts.

'More' (the first HUGE hit of Matthew's carrer) is the first song on the album and it sets the mood right away. 'Happy' follows up and is the FARTHEST thing from 'More' on the whole album--with hooky beats and, dare I say, some fast rap at the begninning of the song? Matthew sure knows how to change thngs up...

'The Turnaround' is my favorite on this whole album. Honostly, for the longest time I skipped by this song to move on to the rest of the album--but it wasn't until I was sitting in th car one day listening to this album when I heard this song for the first time. The music is string driven with lyrics that cry about making the ultimate change in our lives-- to follow Christ. Worth buying digitaly if the whole album isn't your cup of tea.

'I Can't Hear You' and 'You Know Where To Find Me' bring the album back down to earth with some powerpunching tones before 'The End' takes the album back to the catchy beats and whimiscal lyrics that Matthew's music is known for. 'Out Of My Hands' is up right before one of the best off the album 'The Lie'. Facing the impurities of this world and how we can't believe that lies that it feeds us. It's too bad this one was never a single--I can see it would have done very well.

The rest of the album with 'My Finest Hour', 'Every Second' and 'Curtain' once again take this 'happy' album to a softer place with more hushed music an pure lyrics. A conversation with a person and God are the best way to discribe the way that Matthew writes.

'Happy' was a fine start to what is becoming one of the most well known carrers in Christian music. Newer fans of Matthew might want to start off with his third album 'Something To Say' and move backwards to see just how music he has grown both in music and in lyrics. This is a fantastic album, and i'd reccomend it to anyone.

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