Needtobreathe, Jim Scott, John Alagía, and Rick Beato
I just realized that we missed to review the latest Needtobreathe-album. Don´t ask me why - but sometimes album fall apart between us at The Melodic Net. Anyway, here you have it! And what else can I say than a big freekin´ bravo once again to one of the finest bands on the Christian music scene. Their excellent mix of soft modern rock (Vertical Horizon/Switchfoot), Midwest rock (Counting Crows/Dave Matthews Band) and arena rock (Leeland/Splender) is a perfect mix of music. And when you have guys like Jim Scott, John Alagía, and Rick Beato as companions in the production it can´t go wrong. And if you also add really good song writing to that - you all understand that you have a killer album. They haven´t reinvent themselves, it´s just the obvious development to Daylight and The Heat, and that is just what they should have done and did. Just listen to the rocker and first single "Hurricane", the arena-smokers "Valley of Tomorrow" and "These Hard Times", the beautiful ballad "Stones Under Rushing Water" - a duet with Nickel Creek´s Sara Watkins and the stunning "Something Beautiful". But that is just five tracks. This is an album where there aren´t any bad tracks. A fabulous demonstration how good music should sound like.