Brandon Heath came onto the Christian contemporary scene rather quietly two years ago with his debut
Don’t Get Comfortable. Heath quickly garnered several radio hits, however, including the worship song "Our God Reigns"
and the incredibly successful “I’m Not Who I Was,” which he performed a bit of at this year’s Dove Awards. After touring almost
relentlessly and venturing out on a missions trip to Kenya and Uganda with Blood:Water Mission, Heath has been writing his new
album What If We. The idea for the name of the record is to challenge Christians to ask the question “What if we…?”
every day of our lives. The album also addresses many of topics like love, showing kindness, and finding the best in people.
While Heath’s debut was full of radio-friendly pop hits, the major difference on this release is that each song has a much
softer and more melodic feel, save for the few singles that are sprinkled throughout the record. The intro single “Give Me Your
Eyes” is already climbing the charts this summer, with Heath’s choruses becoming reminiscent of fellow singer/songwriter Mat
Kearney. The song also includes lyrics that show Heath’s passion for the lost and hurting, “Give me Your eyes for just one
second / give me Your eyes so I can see / everything that I keep missing / Give me Your love for humanity.” Highlights on
the recording include the soft yet addictive chorus of “Listen Up,” the southern twinge of “Wait And See” (where Heath admits
“He’s not finished with me yet”), and the slow piano-driven finale “No Not One.” Probably the biggest highlight of
the record comes on the piano-rock track “London,” seemingly a love song that Heath wrote. The piano accompanied with the
singer’s strong vocals and addictive chorus makes for a beautiful song and fits perfectly for Heath’s style.
Overall, if you enjoyed Brandon Heath’s debut, are a fan of Mat Kearney or Matthew West, or you’re simply looking for a
feel-good, melody-driven record, pick up What If We. While the singer/songwriter’s debut was powerful and impressive,
his second outing is definitely one that you’ll be playing long after the summer is over.
- Review date: 7/23/08, written by Justin Mabee
Singer-songwriter Brandon Heath made a name for himself with his debut in 2006. What If We takes the best aspects of his debut and builds on
them. The upbeat, guitar-based style is present with songs like the current hit, "Give Me Your Eyes," as well as "Sore Eyes"
and "Fight Another Day." However, the rest of the album is based on slow and midtempo tunes and is simply hit-and-miss.
Songs like "London," "Wait And See," and "Love Never Fails" draw the listener in with their poetic lyricism, and are
carried through with beautiful melodies. Another highlight is "No, Not One," with its catchy midtempo style, which ends up
sounding like a cross between Mat Kearney and Sanctus Real. Heath's vocals are also a big highlight, and they really
carry the album along. But the most disappointing aspect of the album is that several songs never reach their full
potential. Songs like "When I'm Alone" or "Trust You" start off well, but never build enough to really catch our
attention. Brandon's third project could be really outstanding if he sticks to more upbeat songs like
"Give Me Your Eyes" and "Sore Eyes" and retains the clever songwriting.
- Matthew Watson of Jesusfreakhideout.com