Lindsay McCaul [If It Leads Me Back]
Posted January 25, 2012
By KevinDavis_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Lindsay McCaul is a great new artist with eleven vibrant and insightful songs that she penned for her Reunion Records debut, If It Leads Me Back, produced by Jason Ingram. The album opens with the standout song “Say My Name” which showcases not only Lindsay’s gifts as a songwriter, but her shimmering, emotion-laden voice. The song is based on the story of Lot’s wife in Genesis when she turned into a pillar of salt. Lindsay shares, “I kept thinking about the things that I hold onto that keep me from walking forward into what the Lord has for me, whether it’s regrets or things I wish I could have changed in my life, whether it’s decisions I’ve made, or whether it’s actually sin or something that’s holding me back.” Lindsay wrote “Ready” for a previous album, and the song is a great reminder the Lord is ready for us to approach His throne of grace. James 4:8 promises that when we draw near to God, He WILL draw near to us. If you haven’t heard the song “Come Rest,” you’re in for a treat. Right from the opening notes, you’ll be captivated by the melody and message of this amazing song. The strong biblical message comes right from Matthew 11:28-30, where Jesus promises us rest in Him. “Take My Hand” is a guaranteed hit song and has already been featured in a television show. Lindsay sings this tender and prayerful ballad directly to God, “Didn’t You know that I’d be scared, Couldn’t You see that I was unprepared…I just need You to take my hand.” “Face To Face” is a love song to Jesus, “We just can’t wait to see Your face.”
“You Never Change” is an upbeat song and declares the Truth that “You’re still the same, Yesterday, Today and Forever.” “Speak” is another prayer song that proclaims “Your Love is better than life.” The gorgeous and moving song “Let Go” is about dealing with an eating disorder, and seeing a friend in college wrestling with the same issue. “I really feel like Satan was trying to get a hold of me, keep me from fully giving my life to the Lord,” she says. “It’s a control thing. You want to control an area in your life. The Lord had to really break me of that and show me that He’s in control of my life.” It’s also very relatable to listeners, especially for those who struggle with control issues and perfectionism. We are called as Christians to believe in the freedom that we have in the Cross of Jesus. We are free from our fears, addictions, insecurities and perfectionism. Jesus came to die for us so that we can all truly live in Him. McCaul co-wrote the title track, “If It Leads Me Back,” with one of her songwriting heroes, Cindy Morgan. Lindsay says, “I was in a season of learning to let go of some things that the Lord was removing from my life, and having Job as an example of trusting God with what He takes us through was exactly what I needed. Whatever it is that God brings us to, He can take us through, and He allows it all in our lives so that He can bring us closer to Him and make us more like Jesus. I felt like that thought really summed up the whole album…” Amen.
Lindsay McCaul has pure and strong vocals that remind me of Brooke Fraser and Audrey Assad who are my favorite female vocalists of all time. I consider Lindsay someone to watch out for in 2012 and based on this album, she gets my nomination as the best new artist and female vocalist I've heard in the past year. I haven’t heard an album that has struck me like this album since Albertine by Brooke Fraser and The House You’re Building by Audrey Assad. “Say My Name,” “Ready,” “Come Rest,” “Take My Hand,” “You Never Change,” “Speak” and “Let Go” are all stand-out tracks filled with overwhelming biblical truth. Lindsay has captivating and catchy songs filled with inspirational lyrics. For me, Lindsay brings sincerity and relatable themes that get deeper with each listen. My favorite albums are the ones that continue to provide new revelations over time by savoring them this album has already done that for me. If you are looking for one of the top female solo albums of the year, then look no further than If It Leads Me Back. I’m sure it will continue to challenge, inspire and move me. This is truly a great album and an uplifting worship experience.
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