Big Tent Revival - Choose Life

Saturday 1st April 2000
Big Tent Revival - Choose Life
Big Tent Revival - Choose Life

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Ardent 8717042

Reviewed by Jon Tulloch

From the first track on BTR’s new release, you will be struck by the remarkable clarity and freshness of the sound. Uncluttered instrumentation and Hansen-precise vocals bounce through your speakers like an eager salesman with an immaculate suit and a winning smile. Sadly though, this becomes the album’s biggest drawback. Despite some good tracks like “Live For You” and “One More Song” it’s all a little too neat and formulaic. It’s rock and roll with creased jeans and patterned pullovers: ultimately uninteresting. Live, it might be different. A good dose of sweat and some thunderous speakers could really make the songs shine, and I wonder how much better the album could have been with a few of the rough edges and immediacy of live performance left in. As it is though, I have to join the ranks who consider this disappointing after the promise of their last album ‘Amplified’.

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Sample Track Listing:
2. Choose Life [Listen]
12. What I Want For Christmas [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 14:03 on May 25 2011

I had heard ccm radio play "Choose Life"; I just loved
the song immensely! The song has that great ccm
quality and lyrics; this is a great cd for the millenium years!:released Sept. 1999. The up beat "Livin' Off YOUR Love" starts off the songset; great song! A big cd fave! Steve Wiggins' career has soared since his first solo cd from 1991. "Fill Me With YOUR Spirit" has a touch of that oldies sound as it opens up;another great one that I love to hear. You can hear the vocals crisp and clear; the words are easy to decipher unlike many songs today. This band is not ashamed to sing out about JESUS!! " The Word of GOD" is a most beautiful song;Thank you Steve & Bill for composing a wonderful, needed song! I totally love it! It is great ccm quality and lyrics! Every song on this cd is worth complimenting and worth the listening time and pleasure. "Will You Be Mine" is a nice lovesong;too bad secular radio didn't play this one: may have helped cd sales rise! Steve's prayerful
"Please Forgive Them" is such a wonderful song!!
"One More Song" has ccm hit written all over it! It is top notch ccm! wtg guys! Worship songs really seem to have been on the rise, and this band added some of their own on this cd to include "I Worship YOU"; it is a powerful worship song! The last # is a Christmas song with a pop country sound to it; very joyful tune!
This is great ccm, glad to have this cd in my collection.
GOD Bless! - Don

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