STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 132323-19952 LABEL: Word 080688855727 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2013-01-15 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Stephen Curry
This is the one-time American Idol man's third full album after his self-titled debut in 2010 and 'Who I Am' release the following year. It also contains all the tracks from his 2012 EP 'Starting Line'. All the songs here show a positive faith in God who can tackle any problem. Taking inspiration from Matthew 17:20 the title track is a catchy piano and drum-based pop number while other highlights include "If It's Love" about fighting for a relationship if love is there to fight for and the up-tempo Steven Curtis Chapman-like "Good Love" with its breezy ukulele accompaniment. "I Believe" is an engaging power ballad calling on us to hold on to our faith in the most difficult circumstances. All in all, a thoughtful and well produced pop album though in places it struggles to show sufficient distinctiveness to rise above the welter of pop releases.
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