Building 429 [Listen To The Sound]
Posted May 04, 2011
By KevinDavis_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Dove Award winning band Building 429 continues to gain attention for the hit title track off its fifth studio album, Listen To The Sound, released May 10. The 10-song project is produced by Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp and Rob Hawkins. Blessed with one of the most distinctive voices in any genre of music, lead singer Jason Roy, wrote or co-wrote nine of the ten tracks on the new album. Building 429 is best known for its 2004 breakout hit “Glory Defined,” which was named BMI’s Christian Song of the Year in 2005, and that same year Building 429 was named New Artist of the Year at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards.
I’ve collected all four previous albums and considered the last two albums, Iris To Iris and Building 429 to each be the band’s best album respectively. Now, yet again they’ve released their newest “best” album. Right from the opening choral-backed “Made For You,” I knew I was in for a treat with this gem. The song was co-written with Jason Ingram and kicks off the album with a Hillsong UNITED-type rock anthem with the awesome bridge, “You are God there is no other, I won’t bow before another, I was made for You.” This band has consistently made albums that are worthy of the band name’s theme verse, Ephesians 4:29. “Right Beside You” is a guaranteed hit song in all formats, and includes a stellar guest vocal by Fireflight’s Dawn Michele. What’s especially impressive is how instantly catchy and musically engaging this album sounds after just one listen. After having played the album non-stop for the past couple of weeks, I have to give it 5 stars and there are no weak tracks, and several stand-out songs. “One Foot” is another great track, and the first four songs are on par with any album I’ve ever heard, reminding me of The Light Meets The Dark by Tenth Avenue North.
Hit title track “Listen To The Sound” is the band’s best song since award winning “Glory Defined.” The song has become a personal worship anthem for me with the very inspiring lyrics, “You’ll never know what faith is, till you don’t understand / Sometimes it takes the silence to finally hear HIS plan / So listen to the sound of Hope that’s rising.” The band’s “sound” has evolved from the prior albums’ grunge rock and Brit-rock tendencies to this album which has the most CHR-radio friendly pop/rock accessibility to date. “War Zone” and “Where I Belong” anchor down the middle of the album. I can’t get enough of the hook of “Where I Belong,” co-written with Jason Ingram and with another choral-backed and inspiring chorus, “Take this world and give me Jesus, this is not where I belong.” I love how bold these statements of faith are throughout this incredible album. “You Save Me” and “Walls Are Coming Down” were co-written with Jason Ingram and Rob Hawkins and are some of the best album tracks I’ve ever heard. Each song includes biblical truth wrapped around super catchy melodies with the lyrics of “Love Has Been Spoken” reminding us “we’re fearfully and wonderfully made” right from Psalm 139. Closing song “Awaken Us” ends the album as strong as it begins with the challenging lyrics, “We are questions that beg for the answers, we are poems awaiting the rhyme, we are riddles that long for solution, with Your breath we come alive.” This is truly a band worthy of being named after Ephesians 4:29 as this excellent album is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Sometimes a band has an uncanny ability to connect with a listener and I truly had that experience listening to this album.
Listen To The Sound is the band’s crowning achievement in my opinion. If you’re looking for some songs that you’ll love to sing along with at high volumes and in praise to our Savior, then you’ll totally want to “listen to the sound” of Building 429. I recently listened to all 54 songs by B429 and these 10 songs all rank in my top 15 songs ever recorded by this amazing band, along with “Glory Defined,” “The Space In Between Us,” “You Carried Me,” “End Of Me” and “Always.” No filler tracks, just one solid song after another. I have no doubt that Listen To The Sound is among the best albums of the year.
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