Danen Kane - Love Is Waiting

Published Wednesday 21st September 2011
Danen Kane - Love Is Waiting
Danen Kane - Love Is Waiting

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 115377-18170
LABEL: Centricity

Reviewed by Ewan Jones

'Love Is Waiting' is the latest release from Wisconsin songwriter Danen Kane. Not picking up a guitar until hitting college hasn't stopped Kane making the most of musical opportunities in the nine years since then. Independently selling 11,000 CDs, self-booking over 1500 shows and supporting CCM stars like Sara Groves, BarlowGirl and Shawn McDonald has helped Kane develop into a confident writer and performer. Excellent opening tracks "I Found Love" and "Inheritance" have got a little funk to them, channeling the energy of Matchbox 20 or Maroon 5, but mellower "Take It All" is the lyrical stand out; its message is compassionate and yet deeply challenging, putting me in mind of Keith Green as Kane questions 'Why are we here? / Why are we saved? / Do we live like our hearts are changed? / Wasting away, too lazy for faith / building our kingdoms that will pass away'. Kane is certainly able to paint great scenes with his lyrics and single 'Beautiful Mess' is a showcase for that - dramatic and heartfelt but avoiding the easy cliches. Kane says 'I tried to write congregational worship stuff, but it didn't come off authentic enough, but when i started writing about everyday life and relationships... my writing came alive.' This personal approach includes reflections on failed relationships, and makes closing track 'You Came For Me' particularly effective, a song imagining Christ's return on both a macro and micro scale, contrasting the anticipation and awe of the world with the personal wonder of a relationship with Jesus being fully and perfectly realised as Kane sings 'You came for me and all Your majesty is shown / You've come to bring me home'. While there are no surprises waiting in the wings, this is a solid, honest and well produced set of songs which are stylistically varied enough to pique the interest of those who enjoy the Nashville pop sound.

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