STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11883-75 LABEL: Beach Street 602341009225 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: bonus DVD RELEASE DATE: 2004-11-01
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Reviewed by Tom Lennie
It does seem somewhat premature to issue a live disc of previously released studio tracks when you only have one album to your name, but such is the popularity of this band that management knew it couldn't fail to sell! Casting Crowns are of course THE American worship success of 2004 - joining the plethora of groups that side of the ocean who are in full time worship music ministry. This six-song disc takes the finest songs from the debut - with added live atmosphere. It starts with the opening challenge of "If We Are The Body" ("Why are his hands not reaching...."). Potent stuff. "Who Am I" begins delicately then builds up into a wonderful crescendo, while the pulsating beat of the thoughtful "American Dream" demands that you pay attention. Solid music with an original sound that doesn't give the impression that they're merely jumping on the fast-rolling bandwagon. Lyrics are meaningful and non-cliched (though it's a pity they don't appear on the inserts). The closing bonus is a fine version of Townend's "Beautiful Saviour", although it's a shame they didn't add a newie of their own. The accompanying DVD provides video footage of "American Dream", individual interviews with each member, a song-by-song analysis and various other bits'n'bobs. A fine though unnecessary package - what we really need is something totally fresh from the band.
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An incredible live performance captured on CD & DVD. Recorded October 5, 2003, Live From Atlanta lets you experience the excitement as the band's home church celebrates the launch of the group's debut album. DVD with behind-the-scenes interviews and stories behind the songs, including testimony from lead singer Mark Hall.