STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 17713-11334 LABEL: Reunion 602341009829 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2006-05-02 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
When you weigh in with your debut CCM album after a mainstream pop career which has seen 75 million sales there are understandably high expectations. As it turns out, this slickly produced project from the Backstreet Boy is exactly the kind of inspiring pop that we could have expected. The album features production by Dan Mukala (Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore), Mark Kibble and Dave Thomas (Take 6, Mariah Carey) and Billy Mann (Jessica Simpson, Ricky Martin) and at times sounds like a hybrid of Michael W Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman. That's not to say that there aren't some engaging moments; the jangling mid tempo pop rock of "I Am Alive", the wistful acoustic guitar lilt of "Over My Head" and the full on gospel flavour of "We Lift You Up" are decidedly listenable. No one could claim this to be the most original Christian music debut of the year but considering Brian's background and transparently vibrant faith, it seems bound to be a huge seller.
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