SHONLOCK "A Night To Remember"
by David Bunce ( on 2014-03-13 09:18:51

Every once in a while there’s an album that stands out as not just a piece of art, but a bridge which unites thought, talent, powerful lyrics, and fun. “A Night To Remember” is an album I believe fits that description.

I often speak of the increasing diversity in modern music, especially amongst Christian artists recently. I feel this this album by Shonlock continues this trend; it brings out some great sounds from rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop, EDM, and more!

Shonlock includes so many different instruments, sounds, and unique musicality in each song… I never heard a song that appeared to repeat a previous track. Each piece in this album’s “art gallery” is worth the moment to stop, listen, enjoy, and think about the powerful messages contained behind the beautiful and unique brush strokes of sound. Continuity amongst the album makes “A Night to Remember” a piece of art that should be enjoyed in its entirety as opposed to listening to only one or two songs from the album.

The title track "A Night To Remember" as told by Shonlock, “…describes the night when a lot of us took that leap of faith into the unknown. The verses walk you through that intense moment of your heart racing with anxiety. You opened yourself to the greatest love there ever was, surrendering it all to the God that changed your life forever.” Several songs like "Hurricane" and “We Walk on Water” showcase Shonlock’s vocal talents which possess an “Usher-esque” sound.

Shonlock wants the album to remind people of the moments and times where God has and will grow us closer to Him. “Transformed” is one of those songs meant to remind people about another night to remember, “It (Transformed) describes the night that a lot of us took that leap of faith into the unknown,” he says. “That intense moment of your heart racing with anxiety when you opened yourself to the greatest love there ever was, surrendering it all to God, who changed your life forever.”

Soul Glow Activator also makes a special guest appearance in the song “Kinfolk” helping add some hype to an incredibly energy packed album. While there is definitely an powerful vibe that pulses through the album, I also found several of the songs woshipful, such as “Beyond This World” and “My Choice is You”.

I often ask myself as a reviewer, what could have made this album just a little bit better? Besides wanting it not to end, I couldn’t really think of anything. And since my iPod has a repeat button, even the other problem is vanquished. While the album may be titled “A Night to Remember”, I definitely think this is an album to remember!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Genre: Hip-Hop / Pop
Label: Arrow Records
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

01. A Night To Remember
02. Heartbreak
03. Transformed (featuring Tobymac)
04. Don't Play (featuring Ryan Clark of Demon Hunter)
05. Hurricane
06. We Walk On Water
07. Kinfolk (featuring Soul Glow Activatur)
08. I Like To Win
09. Beyond This World
10. My Choice Is You

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