Half Alive - Now, Not Yet
Aug 9, 2019 (updated Aug 12, 2019)
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Possibly the greatest "Christian" album ever: fully enjoyable for both devout believers and the atheist listener. The lyrics are profoundly spiritual, but are explored in such a well-crafted manner that I'm sure they will still resonate with casual listeners. Musically, we see cohesion, yet creative versatility, from the straight banger "still feel." to profoundly beautiful, exquisitely produced "creature". The arrangements are rich and adventurous, like drinking a new, unfamiliar fruit juice that tastes familiar yet different, but still delicious. The only misfire on the whole record, in my opinion, is "ice cold." featuring Kimbra; her opening vocals seem odd and Josh Taylor's rapping feels weird. The production and melodies on it are nevertheless brilliant. The other track with a feature, "Rest" with Samm Henshaw, is brilliant, immediately catchy and Samm appearance is a perfect choice - he brings so much to it.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS: "still feel.", "Rest", "BREAKFAST", "creature"
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