STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153998-22611 LABEL: Reunion 602341018920 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2015-02-24 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Matt McChlery
As many will know, Brandon has been producing Nashville CCM hits for close to a decade. In that time he has recorded a plethora of studio albums, EPs and singles. His sixth studio album 'No Turning Back' is, in my view, an 11-song masterpiece. The album as a whole is a personal reflection of when Brandon first decided to follow Jesus when he was at a Young Life camp in 1995. The title track, featuring All Sons & Daughters alongside Brandon, has been pre-released as a single and is already receiving lots of airplay over the pond. It is a comfortable CCM rock song that reflects upon the decision one makes to follow Jesus. Other glimpses of life lessons are caught in songs such as in the fun "When I Was Young" that reminisces about riding bicycles, breakdancing and young love as well as in the more serious "Everything Must Go" which is more poignant and contains deeper truths about the need to simplify our modern, over complicated lives in order to gain a better perspective on life. This recording has seen Brandon team up with acclaimed producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Dave Barnes) who has woven his magic into every track. "SOS" is written by Ed and is the first song featured on one of Brandon's studio albums not to be written by the man himself. This song reflects upon the verse in Romans 7 asking why do we do the things we do not want to do: "Why do I do the things I don't wanna do/I don't wanna do/I don't wanna do/ When all they do is hurt me." 'No Turning Back' is a glorious celebration of life gone by, experiences and lessons that mould people into who they become with songs that are skilfully crafted and are a joy to listen to. This album is due for release in February, so don't miss it!
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