Not Your Typical CCM Album
Posted September 27, 2016
By CaitlinLassiter_NRT, Staff Reviewer
The night before she was set to begin recording her third independent album, singer/songwriter/worship leader Tanya Godsey was awakened by sobs-- the desperate sobs of her husband, who was beginning to walk through the harsh darkness of depression and anxiety. Battling the heartache and fear that comes from watching someone you love struggle so deeply, Tanya stepped into the studio and began to work on Love Lines The Last Horizon.
Through that long, unexpected season, these songs of redemption and hope were born, and with a mix of beautiful sincerity and passion, Tanya recorded them from a place of faith. Love Lines The Last Horizon is a project built on the unwavering belief that there is a "beautiful chorus of hope being sung over us because of the Gospel, and we're invited to join in and sing redemption's song."
Tanya's raw and emotional voice opens the album with the hauntingly beautiful "Wild Love," a powerful track that will keep the listener engaged from start to finish. Poppy "All Things Right" is as lyrically strong as it is sonically, bringing Tanya's vocal to life through lines of redemption and encouragement. Hopeful "Watchmen" is a standout track here, speaking of faith in the midst of waiting on the Lord: "Oh saving light, You'll come for me / here I will wait, here You will be." Sonically creative pop tunes thrown into this pack of worship anthems, "We Are Your Song" and "Beautiful World" are fun listens.
Beginning with a gorgeous piano melody, "Quiet Street" is another lyrically stunning and thoughtful moment that displays Tanya's versatile vocal range well. "Worth The War" is a timely call to lay down our disagreements and focus on coming together in unity and love. With a beautiful string section in the background, "Anywhere You Are" is a moving piece, followed by the worshipful "Foundation," a Scripture-drenched track that focuses on His unshakable character alive in us. Closing out the album, "Open Hands" features more flawless piano melody against poetic lyrics.
To be honest, I wasn't familiar with Tanya's music before I started this review, but only halfway through my first listen of the album I was baffled that more people don't know about her yet. Mature, deep, poetic lyrics flow from every track (and even into the album's hopeful title), only made better by her powerhouse vocals and the creative sonic diversity we find throughout the whole album. No two songs sound the same, yet Tanya weaves a uniquely unified feel into each one by covering them with a genuine spirit and unmistakable passion. These songs come straight from the heart, and you can hear it in every note. Love Lines The Last Horizon is not your typical CCM album, but in the best way possible. If you've never heard of Tanya before, I suggest you go get this album and enjoy it--it just may be one of the best this year.
Song To Download Now:
"Worth The War" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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