Still Standing Tall
Posted October 27, 2015
By JJFrancesco_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Family Force 5 broadened their appeal with the release of Time Stands Still. While not completely forsaking their signature "crunk rock" sound, they mixed in a lot of dance/pop elements aimed more at the Hot AC radio crowd. Time Still Stands serves as a remix project, taking the dance up a notch on several of the popular tracks from the album.
"BZRK" and "Sweep the Leg" were two of the rock hits and are treated to a groovy remix treatment with techno effects galore. "Let It Be Love," by comparison, was a softer hit and gets some new awakening with a slightly haunting remix hook that still keeps the upbeat pop feeling of the original. Other lighter songs like "This is My Year" also get a new and exciting coating of remix paint.
B-Side "Heartstrings" and Valentine's Day single "Hold Your Hand" succeed in closing out the album on a high note. Likeable on their own, they fit sonically with the dance remix sounds of the album and are a good way to close out the project.
Family Force 5 has become one of the most well-known names in Christian Dance/Rock, and their new sound hasn't stopped that momentum. Remix projects are always a fairly niche effort, offering techno reimaginings of a band's popular songs. This project probably won't win over those who aren't taken with the remix concept, but for those who enjoy the new facets awakened in music through remix projects (especially for a band that's already skilled at getting feet tapping), Time Still Stands will indeed stand tall as a memorable entry in the remix chronicles.
Song to Download Now:
"Let It Be Love (Smile Future Remix)" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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