STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23907-12804 LABEL: Fair Trade Services 000768417126 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-05-31 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Dancin' Dave Derbyshire
Hailing from Nashville the three young men who are 33Miles are one of 2007's most successful new artists. Their's is a pleasant rock sound mixed with a dash of country and a touch of pop. The album is packed full of rock anthems with well harmonised choruses. Though I wouldn't call this a worship album as such it has plenty of unambiguously Christian lyrics directed at God and teaching about him. For example, "What Could Be Better" doesn't just look to the future of Jesus' return but speaks of a faith that is relevant now as we are "living in the days ahead". And "Come With Me" is an evangelistic invitation to know Jesus. The songs come from some of contemporary Christian music's most celebrated songwriters with the boys co-writing four of the tracks themselves. Having said that I wonder if the songs such as "Salvation Has A Name" are occasionally a little clichéd. Nevertheless these lads deliver a sound that is hugely radio friendly and the unambiguous lyrics make a welcome change to all those arty bands chasing the mainstream.
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Musically diverse and innovative, 33Miles has a sound that immediately engages the listener with great vocals and memorable melodies while combining pop, rock, country and worship moments.
From start to finish, listeners will catch themselves worshipping with this album while enjoying influences of Rascal Flatts, Casting Crowns, Keith Urban and MercyMe. This debut CD from 33Miles features songs destined to become part of the fabric of the church.
Overall, what drives these three young men is the heart of the music and the message of God’s love and mercy. 'We want to just love on God’s people,' Jason says of the group’s mission to encourage the church. 'If we can come into a church and encourage people, build them up and edify them, then we feel like we’ve accomplished our purpose.'