Listen to the new compilation album from JFH!
Listen to the latest compilation album from JFH!

JFH Staff Review




Smalltown Poets
It's Later Than It's Ever Been



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 10 tracks: 42 minutes, 31 seconds
Street Date: October 19, 2004


It has been almost four years since Smalltown Poets released the critically acclaimed Third Verse, an album that took the band to new heights in its career. Now with a new record label and several new band members, Smalltown Poets is back with It's Later Than its Ever Been.

The opening track, "The Truth is Out," makes one wonder if this is the same band we saw in 2000. The sound is edgier and harder than Smalltown Poets has ever been. The random drum solo at the end of "Upside Down," will also have listeners scratching their heads. There is an almost eerie resemblance to the sound of Jars of Clay throughout the album, and those new to the Christian music scene could easily confuse the two.

Lyrically, Smalltown Poets carries on in their tradition of poignantly expressing messages of faith and hope and trying to make sense out of life. "A New Beginning" expresses the hope one has when God restores his life, and "We Will Continue," beautifully portrays what it is like to worship Christ. "Love So Divine," a passionate praise song, closes the album and is one of the most powerful songs on it.

Although the album is surprising at first because of its departure from Smalltown Poets' usual sound, it is still well-crafted and pleasant to listen to. Lyrically, the band is as strong as ever and after a few listens, one gets used to the new sound and remembers why Smalltown Poets is a great band.

- Review date: 10/26/04, written by Laura Nunnery

CD

Buy This CD Online


. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: BEC Recordings
. Album length: 10 tracks, 42 minutes and 31 seconds
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. The Truth Is Out
  2. Show Me Who You Are
  3. Upside Down
  4. There On The Sun
  5. Lay It Down
  6. Here
  7. A New Beginning
  8. New To Me
  9. We Will Continue
  10. Love So Divine
spacer Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

           
Check out the new full-length album from our very own, Chase Tremaine!

Search JFH



This Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Hulvey Prelude [Reach]

This Friday, January 24, 2020
Cory Asbury The Father's House (Deluxe) - Single [Bethel]
Audrey Assad Shiloh - Single (independent)
Colony House Leave What's Lost Behind [Roon]
Colton Dixon Miracles - Single [Atlantic / Hear It Loud]
Jordan and Jessa I Cannot Outrun Your Grace - Single (independent)
William McDowell Only You Can Satisfy (feat. Chris Lawson) [Live] - Single [Integrity]
Nashville Life Music Reconciler - Single [Integrity]
Chris Renzema Springtime - Single [Centricity]
Silent Planet The Night God Slept Redux [Solid State]
Tauren Wells Citizen of Heaven [Provident Label Group]
Chase Tremaine Unfall (independent)

We Are The City RIP [Tooth & Nail]

Next Friday, January 31, 2020
Huntingtons ¡MUERTO, CARCEL, O ROCANROL! [Burnt Toast Vinyl]
Matt Redman Let There Be Wonder [Integrity]
Sammy Ward Hymns Anew [Vibraslap]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the new double album from Jason Marion!




Listen to the new JFH Podcast episode!