STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 132294-20111 LABEL: Reunion 602341017824 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2013-01-28 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Multi award-winning Atlanta band Casting Crowns have chosen to turn off their amps and lay down their electric guitars to record acoustic versions of some of their greatest hits. Whilst proceedings get off to a stripped-down voice and piano start on "If We Are The Body", the band thankfully don't scrimp on the instrumentation elsewhere with full-blooded versions of the likes of "Set Me Free" and "Only You" proving to be valid alternatives to the plugged-in originals. As ever, Mark Hall is on top vocal form and refuses to hold back his trademark gritty delivery making challenging songs such as the conscience-pricking "American Dream", the aforementioned opening track and the confessional "Here I Go Again" even more affecting. Other Casting Crowns favourites like "East To West" and "Who Am I" are thrown in for good measure in this intriguing and worthy diversion for one of Christian music's most popular outfits.
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Ever committed to the simple but profound story of truth, Casting Crowns has impacted millions with powerful songs like East to West, Who Am I? and If We Are the Body. Now fans can experience these favourites and more on the new acoustic project The Acoustic Sessions: Volume 1.
In times of difficulty and in moments of praise, these songs have provided the words so many hearts long to communicate. It will include two brand new songs. A must-have for any Casting Crowns fan.