Most upbeat and fun album of the year | Posted August 15, 2013 Staff Reviewer
The mainstream music charts have been dominated by Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Pink and others who make the subject matter of their songs as edgy as possible to draw in listeners. Unfortunately as a father of three young daughters who love dance-pop style music, there haven’t been many edifying songs I can offer as wholesome alternatives to those artists, until now. I literally dance in my chair, my car, or while I’m walking around when I play these catchy songs by 1 Girl Nation.
Electronic pop music has made a big mark on the music scene and 1 Girl Nation’s Kayli, Lindsey, Carmen, Lauryn and Kelsey bring a vocal sincerity to these ultra-catchy pop songs which could easily be featured in mainstream music alongside those top-selling mainstream artists. Fans of mainstream pop singers like Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Bridgit Mendler looking for a faith-based alternative will enjoy these catchy songs.
“While We’re Young” has catchy dance beats and in the song 1 Girl Nation wants to remind us that while standing up for your faith isn’t always easy, we are told in the Bible to be full of joy: here, now, while we’re young. I love the idea of our youth singing out: “We’re going to save ourselves the heartache, we’re not looking back on what we wish we’d done, we’re going to risk it all for one thing, and live for Jesus while we’re young.”
The evangelistic messages of “Vertical,” “Live For You,” “Invade” and “1 Girl Nation” are great for young girls and boys who struggle with the idea of how to be salt and light. In “Vertical” they boldly proclaim, “We’re going vertical, praying for miracles, want to see Heaven here on Earth…help us be Your feet and hands.” The songs are all super-catchy and have solid lyrics as in “Invade” they belt out, “We will invade this world for You, a sparkling generation with the Truth, we will invade this world for You, with all that we do!” Amen.
The message of finding love and identity from the true source of pure love is found in the songs “In The Eyes” and “Daddy’s Girl.” The songs intimately share the idea that nothing can fill the void of wanting to feel loved and accepted other than the true love from God, such as “The love that you gave me, came from another, Tossed down to me from a Heavenly Father, who chose me as His daughter…You say that I’m the center of your whole wide world, I’ll always be my daddy’s girl.” The songs are both beautiful ballads and confessional love songs to God.
These are great anthems for girls and guys to express what it means to know the biblical truth from 1 John 4:8-“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.“ You can hear the band’s yearning and sincerity in every word.
Recently, Christian music artists Britt Nicole, Group 1 Crew and Press Play also released “dance” style albums and overall this album has several songs that also fit that category, along with standout pop ballads. 1 Girl Nation lists OneDirection, Demi Lovato and TobyMac as their musical influences and those pop musical styles can be found throughout this album. This album is loaded with positive grace-filled messages of hope. The upbeat and heavily produced musical arrangements on this album perfectly accentuate these songs.
You won’t be able to help but dance and sing along with this album. In particular, there are the super catchy “dance” songs, “While We’re Young,” “Vertical,” “Live For You,” “Count Your Rainbows,” “Love Like Crazy,” “Invade” and “1 Girl Nation,” along with the pop ballads, “In The Eyes,” “Turn Around” and “Daddy’s Girl.” 1 Girl Nation features strong vocals, relevant and biblical messages and this is a solid debut album from a talented young band. Don’t miss out on the most upbeat and fun album of the year.
Song to download now: “While We’re Young” –https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/while-were-young/id659039555?i=659039851