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The Christmas Cheer
Posted October 29, 2020
By SelenaSchulz_NRT, Staff Reviewer

What You Need to Know
Unspoken has been around for a while now, but that doesn't mean their music has lost its flair. In fact, their fan base seems to grow with each album, and for good reason. Their music draws listeners in with upbeat tunes and provides a great message about our light in the darkness: God. The band is currently made up of Chad Mattson, Jon Lowry, and Ariel Munoz, although the members have changed throughout the years. Many hits have come from this group including "Reason," "Start a Fire," and "You've Always Been." They are a mix of several genres, mostly residing in the Christian pop scene, but appealing to all types of listeners. As we move toward the holiday season, we thought it would be appropriate to take a look at their most recent Christmas EP, Good News.

What it Sounds Like
This EP has truly captured everything that defines Christmas music. It has the chorusing voices of beautiful church choirs. It includes traditional lyrics and joyful instruments to accompany them. When the album begins, it sounds like any other Christmas album. However, they quickly transition it into an original work with a dance-worthy feel that is unique to this band alone. 

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights
As stated by the name, this focuses on the good news of Christmas and how God has answered our prayers. This year has truly thrown a weight on all our shoulders and it may be a struggle to look up to our Creator. This EP is timely and reminds us of what we should be celebrating this Christmas season. Instead of looking down in despair, look up in love. There is good news and much rejoicing to be done! Luke 2:10 is more relevant than ever today. "But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'"

For Fans Of
NEEDTOBREATHE, Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North

Best Song on the Record
The best song on this EP is "Christmas Everyday." I loved its cheerful sound and it left me smiling from ear to ear. The band clearly loaded this song up with happiness and it is contagious! Not only does it have a catchy rhythm, but it also contains an important message that we need to focus on. "All year we should remember/Remember how blessed we are."

Final Word
Although it is tempting to want to completely skip the rest of 2020 and go straight to 2021, God doesn't want us to do that. He wants us to enjoy what we have in front of us right now instead of worrying about the experiences yet to come. There is no better way to do that than celebrating the good news of God. This is the perfect EP to accompany tree-decorating and cocoa-drinking as we enter into the holidays!

You can find it on iTunes and Spotify.

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