Coming Alive In The Soul
Posted March 21, 2017
By BraddenFord_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Root Road is a name you might not be familiar with but they are a name that is worth checking out. Root Road consist of brothers John, Anthony, and Nathanael from northeastern Ohio transplanted to Nashville, TN to pursue music. Root Road have been in Christian Pop/Rock and Soul music since 2005 with the release of Masterpiece. Root Road released another abum in 2008, I Am Here, keeping there Pop/Rock and Soul mix while also including a Contemporary sound that you can imagine playing on CCM Radio. In 2008 Root Road also experienced a big change when moving to Nashville. This left them with the question of whether to contiuning music or not. After 40 days of fasting and praying, the answer was to continue. Ater that, God began pouring songs into Nathanael about new themes that took Root Road on a new trip in the Christian Music world. In there new album Come Alive, Root Road have took it up a notice in music, lyrics, and postive messages making there best work yet, with the help of Grammy and Dove Award nominee Roger Ryan, there's nothing stopping Root Road from coming alive in there new album.
The album starts with "I Believe I'm Free" a upbeat pop songs that starts the album off in a groovy way. This song gives the message of being free in Jesus and not of this world. "Smooth Sailing" is more of a laid back song with a relaxing sound. Although this track is relaxed its very repetitive with only the words in thr chours "smooth sailing". Bringing the pace back up, "Forbidden Love" is a track you can dance to. Its about knowing our idea for love is not always what God wants and we should ask and listen to Him before we make our move. "It's Been Awhile" is a track where God's talking to someone seemingly without hope and telling them to smile so joy can take over there sadness.
Bringing the energy back up we come to "Come Alive", a previously released single and one of my favorites. This is a danceable song about how God's love for us makes us come alive. "Parallel Lines" slows it down again and give the message of two people with differnt points of view going differnt ways in hope to maybe see each other agian in the future. One of the most upbeat tracks on the album, "Weak Days" is a victory song that the weak days and sorrow won't last forever and thanking God through them. Even though its a danceable track, it challenges us to thank God even through the bad times cause they won't last forever. Wrapping up the album, "Thats The Way" is a track of worship to God and how much He loves us. This track is another one of favorites and one of the most heartful tracks on the album thats closes the album in a very peaceful way.
Root Road no doubt pulled off there best album yet with the strongest message every heard in there music. With only eight tracks, the album can seem shorter then others but I think it went nice and smoothly. The album went off with upbeat, slow, upbeat, slow and so one which balances the album for every different listener. Root Road is a band to watch for this year with music and shows. Root Road have energy and heart whether you listen to their albums or watch them preform live. They do as well as all the big names out there.
I believe music can speak to people no matter what there going through. Give this album a listen cause my review isn't your review. Root Road are still learning but they're not new to the music world either. This album was great and I recommend you take a listen. God Bless
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