Austin French - Wide Open

Published Thursday 27th September 2018
Austin French - Wide Open
Austin French - Wide Open

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 172115-27264
LABEL: Fair Trade Services 736211851192
RELEASE DATE: 2018-09-07
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Tim Holden

Austin French has packed a lot in to his first 25 years, from second place in a US talent competition, becoming a worship pastor for a church full of recovering addicts, and undergoing a long battle to adopt a child. All these experiences have fed into his phenomenal songwriting gift, mixing honest and open lyrics with catchy rock-tinged pop melodies to create songs that feel that they are written from experience, not from second hand knowledge. "Freedom Hymn" talks about breaking the chains of addiction, the title track "Wide Open" references the issues faced when adopting a child. The powerful "Why God" tackles the aftermath of school shootings; "In America" is a heartfelt prayer for God to break out in revival in Austin's troubled nation; and the closing duet "Spirit Speak" with his wife Joscelyn is a moving prayer song. Austin's distinctive vocals work well on the slow ballads as well as the pop rock romps. This is the kind of album that has you waiting with baited breath for the start of the next track. A hugely impressive debut set.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Interested in reviewing music? Find out more here.

Be the first to comment on this article

We welcome your opinions but libellous and abusive comments are not allowed.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. By clicking 'Send comment' you consent to Cross Rhythms storing and processing your personal data. For more information about how we care for your data please see our privacy policy.