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Iris to Iris
Artist: Building 429
Label: Word
URL: www.building 429.com
Time: 11 Tracks 52:00

Here is the latest album from one of Christian music’s top new artists. Their song “Glory Defined” hit the top 10 CCM radio charts a couple of years ago thus launching them into instant popularity among folks who enjoy listening to this genre of music. With their new album, the band hired well renowned CCM producer Brown Banister to produce their new album, due out in early May entitled Iris to Iris.

If it weren’t for the already too populated field of CCM that the music industry is already experiencing, I would say this album is very well done. However, I can’t help but feeling as I listen to this album, I could be listening to an album by any of today’s best Christian stars. The sound of this album is very similar to work by Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, and Michael W. Smith. 

That being said, there are some very good songs here. “Power of Your Name” opens the album with a great rock and roll sound that will grab listeners in immediately. “Singing Over Me” builds off a catchy acoustic guitar layering, and talks about how God is always watching out for us, and caring for us. 

“Amazed” sounds like a song that Steven Curtis Chapman should record. It has a lot of potential to be a big hit in my opinion. It for me would be my choice for first single for the album. It’s about how God sends trials in our lives to bring us closer to Him:

“You’ve got me right where you want me,
You’ve got me right where I need to be,
And I’m simply amazed”

“Waiting To Shine” is where the Michael W. Smith comparison comes to light. It is a piano ballad that sounds like a song he’d write. It’s a song written as a prayer directly to God. 

“Constant” could be the next big worship song to find it’s way into our worship services, as it reflects on our deep need for God. 

“Grace is That Is Great” is a modernized version of an old hymn, that is presented here in an acoustic song in the vein of Derek Webb. 

So overall here we have a good album, but nothing that stands out in a super fashion. 

James Morovich
4/22/07


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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