Make Some Noise
Krystal Peeling back the cellophane from Krystal Meyers new album, it was obvious that the rebellious rocker image, that once was a major selling point for Miss Meyers, has been eradicated allowing for Krystal's...
Never Going Back To OK
The Afters I loved the first afters album, and as soon as I heard "Never going back to OK" on the radio I knew this new album would rock!
So, being the avid newreleasetuesday reader I am I went onto familychristian...
New Map of the World
Paul Colman Trio I have to say that Australian's definitely have a way with music. Is it the accent, or is their love for God, or maybe both. Well whatever it is, I must say that this album has to be one of the best albums...
Change, but for the better? | Posted September-19-2008
Peeling back the cellophane from Krystal Meyers new album, it was obvious that the rebellious rocker image, that once was a major selling point for Miss Meyers, has been eradicated allowing for Krystal's pure talent to sell the album.
It isn't usual for an artist to step outside of their comfort zone, but Krystal has done it here. She had a large fanbase for the more rocky sound, and if she wanted to stay safe she could have easily put out another rock album for her loyal fans to lap up. Instead, it would seem that she wants to put out that she has grown up, and with her age change, her sound has too.
Make Some Noise, the opening track, is definitely a catchy song. Catchy enough for NBC (in America) to use the song to advertise their Autumn TV line-up. The song obviously works on a secular level, and on a Christian level a strong message about making noise about our faith definitely stands out
With the dawn of track two we hear a sound that is very reminiscent of previous works, and these little touches show that 'Make Some Noise' is indeed a Krystal Meyers album, different but similar. Following on, Shine is an encouraging song for believers, singing that nobody can 'get in the way of our shine'.
I think that the album reaches it's best at the song S.O.S, a powerful song directed to God. The song itself is up there with 'Hallelujah' and 'Beauty of Grace', which probably means it will be another hit for this 20 year old.
As the album progresses you can hear the amount of work that has been put into it, and how much Krystal's musical sound has 'grown up'. However, one thing that hasn't changed is Krystal's knack for lyric writing, with songs that will be loved for their tune, but at closer inspection convey brilliant messages that should make us want to "make some noise" about our belief.
As a pointer towards one of Krystal's influences for this album is the bonus track - a cover of the Eurythmic's Sweet Dreams. It is a nice touch to finish off the album, and Krystal pulls off the song as if it was one of her own.
In a generation who's musical tastes change regularly, Krystal has done a good job of creating uplifting music that her fans can enjoy. I can see this album going far, and reaching young people on a level that they will enjoy.
Australian Rock Done Right | Posted September-16-2008
I have to say that Australian's definitely have a way with music. Is it the accent, or is their love for God, or maybe both. Well whatever it is, I must say that this album has to be one of the best albums from an Australian Christian band.
The album opens with turn, which was their first single (I think) from this album, and it really is a rocky anthem that I can imagine being played at the concerts the boys used to do. This track is definitely an indicator as to whether you will like the rest of the album. The song addresses the fact that we must all 'turn our lives around', which is a key thing for Christians as repentance is the only way back to God.
Track two takes us into a song called Run, another song that was destined to become a hit. Both turn and run were featured on previous PC3 albums, but this is the first time that we've been treated to rock versions (Paul Colman Trio used to focus more on the acoustic side of music - which they excelled at as well!)
From this point in the album, we hear a brilliant mix of both rocky and quiet songs which are all thought provoking, particularly Sun Moon Stars, Fill My Cup, Selfish Song, I Dream and Killing Tree.
The album goes out on the song lullaby, which is a song that was obviously destined to be the final song of the album. It closes with a more acoustic sound that Paul Colman Trio are famous for, and a more traditional Hallelujah section.
So just to finish this review off, if you're into Christian Rock check out the song Turn. If you like Turn, get the whole album.
Who says sophomores suck? | Posted September-16-2008
I loved the first afters album, and as soon as I heard "Never going back to OK" on the radio I knew this new album would rock!
So, being the avid newreleasetuesday reader I am I went onto familychristian and bought it. $5 and prerelease access!!
The album is brilliant, special mentions go to the songs Never Going Back to OK, Myspace Girl and We are the Sound.
Never Going Back to OK, being the title track means loads of work was done on it, and it shows. The song is one of the few that sticks in your head after the first listen. It talks about how we must not go back to the old 'OK' ways of living, but strive to go for the better life. A good moral story if there ever was one.
Myspace Girl is a true story, put to music, and was featured on myspace for a while. It is absolutely a catchy song (I found myself singing it in lectures at university), and everyone I know who has heard it has said it is a highlight. The song itself is low on any message, but the musical talent the Afters have shines through this song.
My last 'stand out song' is We are the Sound, and what a sound it has! I can see this song being a single from the album, and doing great.
Well what more do you need, go out and buy this album!
Agreed with Kevin. Best Album 2006 | Posted July-04-2007
I personally adore the newsboys. They were the first real Christian band I ever heard, and are my favourite band still!
Go really gets off to a great start. Wherever we Go is a great, catchy song. Sure its not as recognizable as Breakfast was, but its great to hear this after listening to the worship cd's before Go!
For the first time, ever maybe, I actually think that the title song, "go", is one of the best on the (already great) album. This is definately a great sign to show that the album is going to rock!
Other songs on the album that deserve a mention are Secret Kingdom (Breakfast's cousin), Your Love is Better Than Life (you have to hear it to believe it!) and I Am Free (best song I've ever performed myself :P)
Also, you can purchase the "Limited Edition" of this cd from the newsboys themselves. Since theres no distinction on here between the two, I will briefly talk about it here!
The limited edition contains three new songs, I Am Free (live recording), Something to Believe In (made for the Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack) and City to City.
Out of these three City to City really stands out as a song that makes buying the limited edition worthwhile.
So overall, a full 5/5 rating from me, and I highly recommend this cd!
Rock on! | Posted July-04-2007
This album is definitely one of my favourite albums of all time!
As soon as I heard the acapella of "Plead the Fifth" I was in love with it! I think it really shows how great singers these guys really are.
The songs Must Have Done Something Right and Forgiven are really well written, and very catchy.
When the track "Crayons can Melt on Us for all We Care" first played on my MP3 player, I actually laughed. I think this pays homage to Matt Theissen's (lead) comical nature.
The album ends on the song Deathbed. This is probably my favourite song on this entire album. It tells the life of someone on their deathbed, talking about their life. Then it goes on to say that this person followed Jesus, and now that he is going to live forever with him.
Great debut | Posted June-16-2007
Krystal Meyer's self titled album has to be one of my favourite cds!
The title track, The Way to Begin, was stuck in my head for weeks after I first heard it, and was constantly on my playlist back at home. This song reminded me of the days when Avril Lavigne was top of the UK charts!
Other songs of note in the album for me are Fire, Fall to Pieces, Anticonformity and Can't Stay.
These four songs (and the rest) appeal to teenagers in the way they take the normal "pop/rock" genre from the charts, with Krystal's original take on things that affect Christians everyday.
Overall this album deserves the four stars I give it, and we await more from the talented artist!