MORE TO MEMORIZE FROM SCRIPTURAL DUO
Posted November 09, 2009
When Mac Powell made a wish list of songwriters to contribute to this year's Glory Revealed II scripture song project, it's no surprise Shane Barnard and Shane Everett were at the very top. Having chalked up a successful career with a catalog of discs comprised of songs largely based on Bible text, Shane & Shane remains committed to uplifting believers with musical memory verses on their seventh studio project, Everything Is Different.
Even though Pete Kipley (Kutless) and Jason Hoard (Fee) contribute production, the record maintains mostly acoustic motifs from top to bottom (except for a few bonus radio edits), letting the easy-to-remember melodies and the duo's trademark harmonies lead the way.
Directed by the fellas' position as song leaders at their home church in Texas, the tracks maintain a consistent worship feel. Interpolating verse quotes and their own translation of some of scripture's most beloved lines, the Shanes' direct approach in naming the Lord as the object of their musical affection is refreshing, especially in a booming worship music culture, where songs sung out of context could be used for an entirely different purpose than praise.
The only downside to their lyrical inclinations is that many seem overused, sounding cliché, not inspiring. But even amidst the repetition, when Shane & Shane sing, "All Yours is the kingdom/the power, the glory/Forever," in "The Lord's Prayer," I'm not convinced it could be said any differently. Or any better.
Mostly recorded "live" in the studio, with few post-production touch-ups, Everything Is Different provides yet another glimpse into the heart of Shane & Shane. —Andrew Greer
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