STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 159650-23576 LABEL: Dream FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Before I got around to hearing this - the record label debut by a Michigan-born, Nashville-based singer, I read a review on an American website which is one of the big players in covering CCM. The review hardly encouraged me to put 'Every Moment' on my stereo. According to the reviewer the songs on this project are "forgettable" containing "lyrics that have been heard time and time again" and "predictable melodies". However, by the close of the opening song, a cleverly produced piece of pop with a decidedly catchy chorus and some memorable lines ("You pulled me back to life and keep me breathing" and "Shipwrecked on the rock of my mistakes/I turned away from the light I knew would guide me") I found myself checking the Internet again to see if that US reviewer was listening to a completely different album. Far from being an exercise in CCM mediocrity 'Every Moment' is a deftly crafted set of inspiring pop songs and I can only assume that that particular reviewer allowed her hipster prejudices to cloud her perspective. This invigorating set has obviously been targeted at the tastes and playlists of US Christian radio. But it's all skilfully done and Pete Stewart (ex-Grammatrain) has done a good job in bringing the piano-driven melodies, EDM colourings and strong vocal hooks into a coherent whole. Curt's high, expressive voice never waivers in conveying a joyful faith and there's even one or two surprises like some rapped versus from KJ-52 on "I'll Keep On". Expect to hear something from 'Every Moment' on Cross Rhythms radio pretty soon.
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