A One-Way Winner
Posted February 15, 2017
By BraddenFord_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Hollyn made waves in the Christian music world with her EP featuring the hit single "Alone (feat. TRU)" . Hollyn had something to give to Christian Music but a EP is only a taste of what she had to offer. She finally released her debut album "One-Way Conversations" with Gotee Records, working with producers Bryan Fowler (Ryan Stevenson), Wit and 42 North (Andy Mineo), Cole Walowac of Capital Kings, Eric Ramey (Britt Nicole) and more. Her debut album was co-writen by tobyMac, Cole Walowac, herself and more to make an outstanding album that proves once again, Christian Music isn't boring.
The album opens with "Can't Live Without", a EDM sounding track thats a talk (a one-way conversation) between Hollyn and God where she stats "I can't live without Your love". Next up is a favorite of mine "Love With Your Life", a catchy, upbeat, pop song thats a standout on the album and proves that Hollyn is going places. This song is about showing love with more then just our words. We can say all we want but showing love is the best way to change the world. Next up "Obvious" keeps the EDM sound, is a turn around from "Can't Live Without" with God talking to us saying that He can help us through all our pain if we let our walls fall down. "All My Love" is a love song between a girl and a boy about pouring out all there love for each other for a true love. Taking is into a worship spin "In Awe" is a worship song to God about how He loves us even though He doesn't need us, He died for us. When you stop to think about it... you can't help but be in awe about Him.
Starting up again to the energy, "Party In The Hills (feat. Steven Malcolm & Andy Mineo)" is a song that... you guessed it, party. Hollyn teams up with Christian rappers Andy Mineo and newcomer Steven Malcolm to get the fast paced track rolling. This track was done by Steven Malcolm to be on his debut album coming out later this year but also ending up on Hollyn's. Christian Music is full of surprises. This song is a good dance to song but doesn't any meaning. If your not a fan of hip-hop, this track probably won't make your favorite list anytime soon. Slowing down the energy again is a beautiful song called "Lovely", in this song Hollyn sings about how the worlds standers for beauty is nothing compared to how He sees us, lovely. This song is one of the high points of the album but surpried me hearing the word "sexy" which could not be the word some people want to hear (even though it wasn't used in a bad way).
The energy picks up again with this pop styled song "Go (feat. tobyMac & Diverse City)". This song is slighty more edgy but still comes out as a great song. This song is about escaping a relationship thats pulling you away from God. Choose you boyfriends and girlfriends wisely. TobyMac & Diverse City bring the backup vocals but doen't have much time to shine by there own. However this song is still a good one to be noted as one of TobyMac's best team-ups . Giving a different sound then the rest of the album, "Waiting For" is a song about knowing that your special somebody isn't everything and theres alot for to be waiting for in life. This track really didn't stand out that much to me to much but theres a song for everyone so try it out.
Has a guy I knew I wasn't going like this track and was right. "Girl" is a song that... confused me. Its a good team up with Tree Giants but the meaning behide this song is questionable and I think thats somewhat the purpose. The song is the rawest and realest song on the album. Showing us the struggle that girls and guys go through in life. When we relise that were not in control of life, the stress and pressure is relased from us. Putting us back in EDM, Hollyn shines one last time with "Love With Your Life (Capital Kings Remix)" leaving a reminder to show the love of Christ with our actions so may see a change.
For her first album Hollyn steped it up from her EP with a unique music approach and lyrics that are real and true. This album shows us life and who she she is, a young girl, going through life while keeping her fire for Christ alive. With this album Hollyn has shown us her message and heart behide her music. I've seen Hollyn live twice and each time she's gotten better and really shows a postive message of the hope of Christ. With only one album this is only a taste of whats to come with Hollyn. If you love music that's postive with a style that your mainstream friends will listen to, I think you better give Hollyn's album a chance and see how you like it.
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