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Songs to Anchor You
Posted July 21, 2014
By CaitlinLassiter_NRT, Staff Reviewer


Colton Dixon captured the hearts of season 11 American Idol watchers. His talent and passion landed Dixon a seventh place finish in 2012. His voice impressed listeners all across the country, but still more impressive was the way he exited the show: on his knees worshipping His Savior on national television. He took his last few moments of attention and put the spotlight back on God, a pattern that seems to repeat often throughout his career.

The Tennessee resident and member of the Sparrow Records family made his first major impact on the Christian music world when he released "You Are" as his first single. After the success of the song and the hype of his first album A Messenger, it's easy to see why his fans were so excited at the news of a new project set to drop mid August. Anchor, Dixon's sophomore release, lives up to their excitement.

The album begins with an intro titled "SOS" that feeds straight into "Our Time Is Now," a co-write with TobyMac that was debuted at WinterJam earlier this year. "Walk On The Waves" follows the faith theme we find in this collection of songs with lyrics like "He's got your hands, your heart, your life / so don't be afraid to walk on the waves."
 
The title track "Anchor" boasts faith in God being the stronghold to grasp in the storms, much as "Through All Of It" worships Him for the way He is constant through every season of life. Prayers like "Echo" and the first single "More Of You" display Colton's silky vocals as it asks for life to look more like Him and less like us.

"Dare To Believe" challenges listeners to keep the childlike faith they first found even when things get hard, while "This Isn't The End" is encouragement to push through hard times knowing there are better things ahead. Closing out the album on a strong note, "Limitless" speaks of moving past the labels the world tries to place and relying on God's power to work through us in seemingly impossible situations.

Closing Thoughts:
Anchor surpasses expectations and shows off Colton's talent in new ways. For such a young artist, an album of this caliber is truly amazing. Every song was well-produced from start to finish. With powerful, thought-provoking lyrics and catchy melodies, it can easily be said this is the best work yet to come from the Colton Dixon crew. His band shined in big ways as well, making the rock-driven tracks an enjoyable listen and creating a beautiful atmosphere of worship on the more intimate tracks. With a career that seems to just be getting started, Anchor is a sure sign that only good things are ahead from Colton Dixon.

Song To Download Now:
"Through All Of It" (Get it on iTunes here.)

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