STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 25206-12681 LABEL: Rocketown FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Steve Norman
A talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Michael offers an album of hope and healing. Born from living in the midst of life's ambiguities, 'Where Fear And Faith Collide' examines how difficult surprises can be made rich in God's constancy. Olson's insightful lyrics melt seamlessly into modern, intelligent pop tracks in the vein of Steven Curtis Chapman. It's been two years since Rocketown released Olsen's debut album 'Long Arm Of Love', years which he states "have provided challenges on a professional and personal front." The first radio single, "On The Third Day", opens the project, an ambient song that addresses the cycles of our lives in God. Written by Matt Maher and Marc Byrd (the only track Olson did not have a hand in writing), its lyrics conjure up strong images of life and death, and Olson's intense vocals do a great job of conveying this vital focus, setting the stage for an album of substance. The upbeat pop-rocker "If You Can Stop The World" follows, affirming the Lord's constant presence and love while working the truths of Romans 8 into the hooky chorus. Another standout track is the throbbing "God Is With Us," a pop-rocker with a slammin' chorus. Just as you get your breath back, the luminous "Tell Me Again" snatches it away again, this time with a sensitively-rendered tour of God's faithfulness through the Bible ages. The soft vocals of guest Sara Groves fit beautifully with the gentle sonic touches of this lovely song. A first class offering from a bright new talent.
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