Centricity Music's newest (and currently most active) artist Me In Motion has certainly made a name for themselves these last couple of years. With both an EP and a digital album to their record and indisputable touring opportunities made with big-name acts (Newsboys, Sanctus Real, Red, Pillar, etc.), the rock trio is making their name and music known to Christian rock circles. But finally, their official wide-release self-titled album sees the light of day, and it marks a notable chapter in the band's career.
So what's with their debut album being released yet again? To put it simply, this version of Me In Motion differs from the digital version by two songs (but more on that later). As with the previous two MIM installments, the band has a great sound to show; an "unproduced" pop rock flair is displayed, while the modern rock stays close to home, and all in all, it's a sound they can ultimately call their own. Me In Motion's style isn't anything groundbreaking, but it's definitely one that's fresh and one with which the band will identify. Seth Mosley's vocals are also fresh in sound and consistent, which is a crucial element of albums of this quality. "Losers," "Gotta Be Something," and "Leaving Here Someday" are all energetic and encouraging rockers, while the thoughtfulness of "Back To You" and "You Move Me" balance things out nicely. It's easy to differentiate each track from the others (a factor many new artists lack), and the songwriting for the most part appears seasoned and uncanned. Some songs' lyrics are more accomplished than others; "You Never Fail Me," "Welcome To Your Life," and "Here In The Middle" are all notably simplistic in their arrangements compared to the rest of the album, but they aren't inherently bad tracks either. All in all, it's a simple pop rock record on its face, but it's special enough to merit attention.
For this version of the album, two new songs have been added ("The God I Know" and "Seek Justice, Love Mercy"), while two others from the digital version have been given the axe ("Tears" and "Losing Myself"). Besides this, the tracklisting's order has been rearranged to make room for these new tracks' inclusion. I do applaud the fact that an incentive to pick up the album again is provided as well as the fact that time and effort were invested to make the transitions seamless by reordering the tracks; however, it's a tad regrettable that this replacement of songs had to occur at all. "The God I Know" and "Seek Justice, Love Mercy" are both perfectly fine songs in their own right, but both are far more produced in their composition, giving a different vibe to them apart from the rest of the record. The rearrangement of the album's tracks help a little bit with this resulting inconsistency, but it only does so much to shield their stark differences. Besides this, "Tears" and "Losing Myself" were among the better tracks on the digital album, and to see them removed from the album's final version is a little disappointing.
Small issues aside, Me In Motion works well in its final form, and any fan of raw and simple rock-n-roll would do well to give it a listen. This rock trio is arguably one of the better artists Centricity Music has to offer, and have already made a visible mark on the industry with their debut. MIM is certainly a band to watch in the near future and one of the better new artists around today.- Review date: 3/21/10, written by Roger Gelwicks of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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