STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18132-11285 LABEL: Fair Trade Services 000768386828 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Andrew Reeve-Smith
As those who've read the recent Cross Rhythms article will know, Anthony is a black singer who, on this album at least, leans more towards white CCM, ala Michael W Smith, than the expected R&B/urban. From the moment the CD started playing, it completely hooked me in, with a superb eclectic mix of inspirational pop-rock songs. Expertly produced; each song is beautifully crafted with thought provoking lyrics. This album is as good as American CCM gets. Anthony has a wide variety of musical influences and it shows in the album from the Coldplay-influenced "Before You", to the beautiful ballad "Whatever I Can't Erase", and then to the soulful "Consumed" to the gospel flavoured "You're My God". All the styles blend together to produce an album of exceptional quality, and will remain on your CD player for quite some time.
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Anthony's new release Letting Go celebrates the journey of discovery as we identity with our faith. In a decidedly energetic Top 40/Pop styling, Anthony lyrically explores spiritual issues in a manner that offers honesty and hope. His astounding voice is surrounded by amazing musical production from noted producers Matt Bronleewe (Rebecca St. James, Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith) and Nathan Nockels (Watermark, Phillips Craig & Dean, Passion Worship Band, Matt Redman).
Anthony co-wrote wrote nine songs on this record, collaborating with noted songwriters such as Matthew West, Chris Eaton, Jason Ingram, Michael Boggs (of FFH) and Chad Cates.