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Relationship Highs and Lows
Posted October 24, 2020
By MarkRyan_NRT, Staff Reviewer


What You Need To Know
Sarah Reeves is a pop singer whose roots in Christian music go back more than a decade with her first album released in 2009. Her third, and latest project, Life Love & Madness, is a collection of 14 songs that focus on the joy and pain of relationships with others and ourselves.
    
What It Sounds Like
Life Love & Madness is a feel-good pop album. The electronic-driven production gives the listener varying soundscapes from the ethereal electronic feel of 2009: the guitar-led "Heart First," "Anxious" and "Easy to Love" to the deep bass moodiness of "Motions." Throughout the album, the production matches the overall mood of each song, which leads the listener to feel and connect more deeply with the lyrical content. 


Spiritual Highlights
"Anxious" talks about the struggles that many people face in our modern world of 'perfect lives,' as portrayed on social media. Struggles that we don't measure up to others. Reeves says in the second verse, "Devil's running around my mind/Why do I let myself believe the lies?/It's like I'm his playground, push me in the background, and I shut the world out." This inner turmoil is a spiritual struggle that we face today. The song concludes on the bridge where she says, "this is my confession/I'm coming out of hiding." This may not be a clear cry to God, but it is the first step of confessing our struggles, coming out from behind the mask of perfection we have put up in our own lives and asking someone for help.

Best Song
"Motions" changes the album's vibe from upbeat pop to something a little darker and with more emotion. The song makes you stop and listen. It grabs your attention from the start and makes you wonder if perhaps another album is playing. It feels like a complete shift in mood from the upbeat pop song "Drive." It is the first of two tracks where we hear the inner confession of the artist.

For Fans Of:
Hollyn, CASS, Ryan Stevenson
 
Final Word
Sarah gives us an honest and open look at relationships including all of their ups and downs. Tied into a healthy relationship is how each person feels about themselves at any given time and the album explores the madness we can all feel sometimes that impact those around us and impacts our ability to have healthy relationships.

Stream the album on Spotify or purchase on Apple Music.

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