Now, Not Yet

Half Alive - Now, Not Yet
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Based on 164 ratings
2019 Ratings: #201
August 9, 2019 / Release Date
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RCA Records / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Half Alive are the feel-good, political, soulful and musically-genius band we didn’t know we’d been yearning for and Now, Not Yet proves it.

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Overall, Now, Not Yet gives itself away with its title; half•alive sounds exactly like right now, not necessarily the future, but it’s always best to get your footing before you set off on something unknown.

These guys are like AJR except with actual heart and charm to them.

A big problem with Christian music has been that it focuses SPECIFICALLY on lyrical content. I can understand people who say they hate it for the fact that it always feels like its themes are being shoved down your throat, but personally, that's never really bothered me. My problem with Christian music, within the last 10 years especially, is that they don't seem like they really care about the music at all. They just try to ... read more
this is the best christian rock record ever

I'm not a religious person, so religious themes in music usually isolate me a lot. That being said, this record does religion right. It doesn't shove some lifestyle down your throat, it slowly feeds you it's struggles, hardships, missteps, acceptance and other things that come with being religious beautifully. The production on this record is absolutely phenomenal across the board, though sometimes being a little too weird for it's own good. I loved ... read more
I found the singles leading up to this very promising and, quite surprising the record manages to live up to the hype. While I don't have any religious beliefs whatsoever and Christian music is just... not very good, I really appreciate that half•alive manages to surpass the expectations of the genre and focuses on both the sound and the lyrical content. "Now, Not Yet" is a well-produced, well-written, catchy, fun and just friggin’ adorable! Proooobably the best ... read more
I was thoroughly impressed by Half Alive's 3 Ep which I thought was a solid start for this new and coming Indie Rock/Pop band. I also was very impressed at the five singles that were released for this project. I was generally coming into this with high expectations. Did they meet them?


This project saw them evolving their sound to a more clear and rounded mold which I was overall very impressed with. The best part of it in my opinion is the very clean production and sound which ... read more
A dynamic, heartfelt record that is so fr*cking wholesome. I'm glad I gave this thing a few listens, because my initial reaction was that this wasn't all that great. But the band really comes through on this one with lots of strong hooks and incredibly tasteful production.

I'm a Christian who generally hates Christian music. It's nice to hear something that isn't soulless.
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Added on: June 13, 2019