Get Your Music on Amazon!
Get Your Music on Amazon!

JFH Music Review


Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 12 tracks
Street Date: 2001

First impressions frequently aren't the best thing to rely on. Take this album from the quartet from Canada for example. dOWNHERE's debut on Word Records featured an album cover which upon first glance gave me the impression we had one more boy band to contend with over here in the CCM world. Even upon hearing the first single's title, "Larger than Life," gave me a Backstreet Boy feel that really only faded away once I sat down to listen. What I found surprised me and will certainly surprise those who haven't heard much from these canuckleheads.

First off, these guys seem to take great responsibility in ministering in music. The lower case ‘d' from their name is even a statement, because they don't want too much attention. And they really haven't gotten too much, which is certainly not indicative of this project's quality. "Larger than Life" opens off the disc, with a harmonized, acoustic-driven song that boasts of the bond that good friends share. While this band has two lead singers, this track does the best at putting them both in the spotlight, allowing each to blend and make the other sound better. That's really what this song is all about. Geoff Moore and Steven Curtis started and continue this trend but these guys take it to a more modern level.

The rest of the tracks have either Marc Martel showcased or Jason Germain. Martel can be seen as definitely influenced by Kevin Max of dcTalk fame, and even sounds almost identical at certain points. Though I have always loved Kmax's originality, Martel's voice seems too copied and may hinder a listener by the all too familiar ranges he displays in the songs, "Free Me Up," "Reconcile," and "Raincoat," and "Protest to Praise." Theres no question of his talent, but it may pose as distraction sometimes.

On the flip side, the remaining tracks boast Germain's gritty and passionate vocals. The real treat of this record is the rock handling of the scripturally solid issues this band brings up. The vertical nature is all too prevalent in "Great Are You," a worship song that admires God for His bigness, yet stoops down to make Himself known to His unworthy creatures. "Calmer of the Storm" will stop you in your proverbial tracks as dOWNHERE gives a sermon in the form of a song that, to this day, makes me cry out to the Lord, praising Him that He alone is in control. "Making Me" is a reminder that continually we are being shaped into who God wants us to be, and asks the Lord to mold us to His precision. "Breathing In" allows the listener to bask in the knowledge of heaven, as we all too often don't live in the sort of expectation Jesus wanted us to. "So Blue" is a track that causes us all to remember that this world needs us to be light, for sin has so distorted a world meant to honor the Creator. "All the Reasons Why" closes the song list with a praise song just boasting to God about His greatness for allowing us to sing to Him. A hidden track is a wacky treat to the serious tone of the record that will make you grin by the sheer silliness of it, but that's what hidden tracks are supposed to be about. It fits in only because it is hidden, and makes you appreciate why it is important to look at the overall picture from God's perspective. The small things we tend to make our focus probably look just as silly to God as this song sounds on this album.

Overall, this record cannot be missed. It certainly makes you bask in the knowledge of the Father, thankful for the gift of the Savior, and will only aid in worship in the Spirit and in truth. Every song is biblically inspired revealed by the various verses hanging atop the album cover lyrics page and may just as well serve as a devotion while the instrumentation floats through the air. Be warned, however, it's almost impossible not to sing along to every word these guys have poetically penned. Pick it up if you haven't - these guys are well worth the listen.

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 7/12/03, written by Jared Decker for

(JFH Sponsor Spot)

Purchase Original Art Prints, Drawings, Buttons, Stickers, Bookmarks and more from JFH's own John DiBiase!



Buy This CD Online

. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: Word / Warner Christian
. Album length: 12 tracks
. Street Date: 2001
. Buy It:

  1. Larger Than Life
  2. Free Me Up
  3. Reconcile
  4. Raincoat
  5. Great Are You
  6. Calmer Of The Storm
  7. Making Me
  8. From Protest To Praise
  9. Breathing In
  10. So Blue
  11. All The Reasons Why



go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive


(JFH Sponsor Spot)



Purchase Original Art Prints, Drawings, Buttons, Stickers, Bookmarks and more from JFH's own John DiBiase!

Search JFH

This Thursday, July 18, 2024
Stryper End Of Days - Single [Frontiers]
Stryper Loves Symphony - Single [Frontiers]

This Friday, July 19, 2024
Doug Anderson Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow [StowTown]
The Arcadian Wild Welcome (Reframed) (independent)
Colorvault 24/3 - EP (independent)
Leanna Crawford Still Waters [Provident]
David & Nicole Binion JUBILATION - EP [Integrity]
Human Code Break The Silence [Girder]
Joe Christmas Burnt Ends & Crisp Remainders [Charon Collective]
Newsboys Worldwide Revival - Part One [Capitol CMG]
Planetshakers The Winning Team [Venture3Media]
Young Collective Music For Assorted Short Films - EP (independent)

Bethel Music No One Like The Lord (Live) - Single [Bethel]
Jeremy Camp Ready Now (feat. Lecrae) - Single [Capitol CMG]
Canyon Hills Worship In Control - Multi Single [DREAM]
Coquí, Jimmy Clifton, Much More My Lord Provided - Single [DREAM]
Crowder Grave Robber (feat. Zach Williams) - Single [Capitol CMG]
Daniel David Dad (Acoustic Version) - Single (independent)
Fallstar Rooftops - Single (independent)
Future of Forestry The Night Is Young - Single (independent)
Gable Price and Friends Heaven Closes Doors - Single [Capitol CMG]
Homage i worship you almighty god - Single [Integrity]
Hulvey All for You - Single [Reach]
Identify the Body Voracious Wolves - Single (independent)
iNTELLECT Captured - Single [Polished Arrow]
Intercessor The Borealis Effect - Single (independent)
Ke'Erron You're All I'm After (feat. Leeland) - Single [Integrity]
Limoblaze Holy Father - Single [Reach]
Chives McAlister Running After You - Single [Small Step Records]
Not Made By Hands Off and On - Single (independent)
Ocean & The Ghost Soul Haunting Love - Single (independent)
Southlen Sweet Jesus (independent)
Spoken Worth God Is In Your Story - Single (independent)
Starflyer 59 909 - Single [Velvet Blue]
sxxnt. & Sara Damon Gratitude - Single (independent)
Then It Ends Intentions - Single [Flourish Records]
Tori Harper x Mark & Sarah Tillman It's Time - Single [Fuel]
Tricord Whatcha Got - Single [Resurrection Records]
Xander Sallows, GLADDEN RICOCHET! - Single [DREAM]

Next Friday, July 26, 2024
Pat Barrett Happily Hidden [Capitol CMG]
Dex the Nerd Who Loves Jesus Pixelated Virtues Online - EP (independent)
Danny Gokey Sound of Heaven [Sparrow]
The Hillbilly Thomists Marigold (independent)
Ken Tamplin Stand Up And Shout (4 CD Box Set) [Girder]

Chad Cory Love Forward - Single [DREAM]
Dreamers Make A Move - Single [DREAM]
Good Weather Forecast Let's Build A House (feat. Real Life Guys) - Single [DREAM]
Uche Agu, Revival Today Worship The Whole Earth Will See (A.K.A America Will See) - Single [DREAM]

Disciple By God Vinyl [Girder]
Disciple What Was I Thinking? Vinyl [Girder]

For all release dates, click here!

Check out Ninties Worship Night!

Listen to the new Album From Millennial Reign!

Check out depositphotos for royalty free images