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Casting Crowns - Lifesong

The Basics

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Casting Crown - Lifesong

Casting Crown - Lifesong

  • Style: Pop/Contemporary

  • 11 songs

  • Released: August 30, 2005

Pros

    Casting Crowns again challenges the church with their powerful lyrics

Cons

    Musically, they didn't change much from the first release, but hey, why fix what ain't broke?

The Review

Casting Crowns took the Christian Music scene by storm with their debut release in 2003. It had to be a HUGE challenge to produce a sophmore project that could meet or beat the original ... but Casting Crowns was up to the challenge.

Lifesong once again challenges the church with powerful lyrics. My favorite song, "Does Anybody Hear Her" talks of a woman in pain, making all of the wrong decisions in her life. Yet the church is so busy judging her, that they are blind to her pain. Mark Hall says, "They are all around us. To become numb to their pain is to become numb to the very heart of God and the suffering of His only Son." "Stained Glass Masquerade" follows the same lines, reminding the church that none of us are perfect, but when we try to act as though we are, while in church with our peers, we become "Happy plastic people under shiny plastic steeples with walls around our weakness and smiles to hide our pain."

"Love Them Like Jesus" reminded me, lyrically at least, of "Here I Go Again", from their debut release. Someone in pain, watching their life crumble, and looking to you for answers. What do you say? What do you do? "Just love her like Jesus. Carry her to Him."

The catchy "Father, Spirit, Jesus" could easily become the next big thing in corporate youth worship. It's easy to sing along with, has lyrics that really tap you on the shoulder as a reminder of what worship should be, and has enough of a rock sound to keep your attention.

"Prodigal" could be the life story of pretty much anybody that I know. "Welcome to my world, and the life that I have made. Where one day you're a prince, the next day you're a slave."

Bottom line - my hat goes off to Casting Crowns for a job well done, once again. This is one band that doesn't soft-pedal their message, even if it is one that people enjoying a "comfort-zone" may not want to hear. It's apparent to me that their incredible popularity isn't just due to their obvious talent. It's what I like to call a "God thing." Think about it ... most people don't want the errors of their ways pointed out to them, yet Casting Crowns does just that. But people flock to see them and hear their music. I believe that's because God is opening hearts to see the ugly truths about ourselves so that the seeds that Casting Crowns plants have a place to grow.

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