Overused, Overdone, Overrated
Posted July 14, 2007
There are only 1.5 songs on this album that are any good. Yes, I know that people will read this and write me death threats, and reasons why I'm insane, but it's true.
"If We Are The Body" is the only great song on the album. It had a good beat, an off-beat message, and is done in such a way that it saves itself from being like the rest of the album. This is actually still my favorite Casting Crowns song, still. Well, actually it's still the only song the band has done that is great, still, after 4 years. Sad.
The song that is half-good is "Voice Of Truth" which is a great song, but when you hit the chorus, the song dies, and all your love for it withers. However, when the song is used in "Facing The Giants" is works out beatifully. The reason the verses are so great is a great message, combined with Mark Hall's lone vocals. The key word here with Hall's vocals is lone. If Mark Hall reads this, then paste this word all over, and remember it. Say it to yourself, lone. Say 'I have lone vocals'. Good, if you can remember this, and apply that, then you're officially a great singer. But the key word is apply.
The thing is that Mark Hall has very distinct vocals; a special gift if you may. Use the gift well, and any song will be elevated to a whole new level, more so than most other singers can do. However, use the vocals combined with another, i.e. "Who Am I" the song dies. No matter how great the message is, how great the music is, the song will die as soon as the vocals are mixed. Casting Crowns has not figured this out, and as a result they've made terrible quality music for 4 years. I just heard their new song, and they still haven't fixed problem.
Overall, the CD only has 1.5 songs worth your time. That's it. The rest are overused, overdone, and overrated. To save you time, the rest of their work is the same. So, until they fix these problems, they will NEVER get any of my love, and they will NEVER be a great band.
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