Shine Bright Baby's husband and wife duo are back, but something's missing. Sometime back in May of this year, the band issued an official name change. Shine Bright Baby would now be known as SHINEBRIGHT. Along with that announcement came even bigger news: the release of their first single from their upcoming EP, Only You.
The first single from the EP is "Reckless for Love." Right from the start this song explains how we need to hold nothing back, including the love of Christ, sharing that love with reckless abandon. The theme encourages us to not let anything or anyone get in the way of us showing His love. Another great feature to this track is that it's enhanced with the talents of DREAM Records' Jonathan Thulin. The alternate version (the one without Thulin) is also included on the EP as the ninth and final track.
Opening the EP is "Closer to the Sun." This tune offers an encouraging message of how God is there to take us under His wing and carry us away from everything in this world that may keep us away from Him (fear, doubt, etc). After the aforementioned "Reckless for Love" is "Limitless;" keeping the tradition of collaborations going, the mad rhyme skills of Rapture Ruckus are included to spice things up a bit. Personally, this one isn't one of my top picks, but the message is a positive one in line with the rest of the EP. "Limitless" clearly puts an emphasis on the well-known verse from Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength." (NIV)
Now on to the title cut (and this reviewer's personal favorite); "Only You" simply puts the whole EP into perspective and every lyric in the song is proof. God can and will do everything that He promises us in Him. We don't have to be afraid by what goes on in this world. We know that in the end, we win.
Now comes the final piece of the puzzle: "Spectacle of Light." Relying on ourselves to make it through this life is one thing we as Christians are instructed not to do, and this song helps explain why that statement is so true. The first two lines, "In and of myself there is so much darkness. In and of myself I am so, so helpless," say it all. Later on, the lyrics talk about burning bright for God and giving everything to Him. This one ranks second on my list of favorites from this release. The remaining tracks are the remixes. "Only You," "Closer to the Sun" and "Limitless" are the chosen trifecta to meet the synthesizers.
Overall, Only You is excellent as far as the songs' themes are concerned. A few tracks stood out more than others, but the style and feel of the entire EP is rather enjoyable. Only You does the job it's set out to do; it has me anxiously awaiting the release of their sophomore full-length project.- Review date: 7/7/15, written by David Pickerall of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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