To say Shaun Groves has a huge assignment on his hands would be a definite understatement. Two years ago, he released his debut album Invitation to Eavesdrop and was met with huge critical acclaim, as well as numerous top ten hits. His lyrical depth was amazing and most unusual for someone just starting out in the industry. His pop/rock musical style wasn't as distinct as the man himself, but it was fresh and a welcome addition in the world of Christian music. But could Shaun Groves do it again? Could he continue his success, or better yet, improve upon it? Or would he fall victim to the sophomore-effort curse?
With Twilight, Groves actually takes a step up lyrically and musically. The style is much more adult contemporary this time around. I can only see a few of the songs on the disc getting played on CHR stations. But even for listeners not into the style of music, the lyrics should be enough to keep you listening. For example, "Jesus" is a slow, but very powerful ballad about loving those whom we usually see as lower than ourselves. "Need You More" is another slow ballad that proclaims "Lord, I want so many things; but what I need has never changed." And "God of Us" is a simple song of worship to The Father.
On the more up-beat side of things, See You is a more electric guitar driven pop/rock anthem about seeing God's fingerprints in everything. Another more rock-oriented song is "Blank Page" which tells God "If you write on me Your perfect will, then I'll be a blank page." Other great electric guitar driven songs include "I Love You" and "One of Those Days." Really, all the tracks on the disc are great (Even the hidden track is wonderful).
An enthusiastic thumbs-up is in order for Mr. Groves. I'm not sure if Twilight will draw new listeners in, but it is another superb effort that will satisfy all of his many fans. The more adult contemporary flavor is a change, but how can you complain when a disc is this good? The answer is simple: You can't. This is an amazing piece of work that should be counted among the best of the year.- Review date: 8/3/03, written by Josh Taylor
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