The City Harmonic - Heart

Published Wednesday 28th August 2013
The City Harmonic - Heart
The City Harmonic - Heart

STYLE: Rock
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 141992-20933
LABEL: Integrity 000768523124
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2013-09-02
PRICE: £9.97 RRP £12.99

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Reviewed by Joanna Costin

'Heart' is the excellent second album from the Canada-based rock group. With the same piano-driven feel and mix of tempos and moods that 'I Have A Dream' offered listeners, 'Heart' also adds a greater depth of feeling and passion. Sort of like the difference between standard Dairy Milk and Belgian chocolate, both great, but one of them is rather richer and deeper. Reflecting the struggles and triumphs the band has faced over the past two years, from marriage and the birth of children to Eric's battle with cancer, several of the songs have an edgier feel than their previous work. "Love, Heal Me" admits to human weakness and brokenness. "Strong" was written by Eric and Elias over Skype, and Eric admits, "I couldn't connect with God. To confront that stuff and write 'I am strong in my weakness' was really difficult because I couldn't deny how I really felt." The same message of hope despite what's going on around us emerges in "Take Heart", which asserts that "I know dawn's about to break". Significantly different in feel and content is "1 + 1", which speaks of God's presence in marriage, holding it together, while "Brand New" makes use of a quieter feel and acoustic guitar alongside the piano. 'Heart' is a rich listening experience, with lyrics that speak of hope and grace.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Here And There [Listen]
2. Praise The Lord [Listen]
3. Strong [Listen]
4. Take Heart [Listen]
5. Alive, Alive [Listen]
6. Love, Heal Me [Listen]
7. Songs Of Longing, Joy And Peace [Listen]
8. Glory [Listen]
9. A City On A Hill [Listen]
10. Live Love [Listen]
11. 1 + 1 [Listen]
12. Long Walk Home [Listen]
13. Brand New [Listen]
14. My Jesus, I Love Thee [Listen]

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Product Description
Juno Award-winning worshippers The City Harmonic continue their symphonic journey of imagination with their music-anticipated second release, Heart. Deepening their spiritual roots in the hopes and fears of real life and revealing the heart and art of the band, Heart connects to that missing piece in all of us. Whether in pop explosion or in ethereal ballad, these new songs give us permission to sing out... in hope, in hurt, from the heart.

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