Shawn McDonald "Brave" by Julia Kitzing (cmaddict.com) on 2014-04-16 08:55:48
I first heard Shawn McDonald when I was in college at a campus ministry event. The first song that I heard was his song “All I Need.” "Brave" shows McDonald’s journey as an artist and as a Christian, something listeners will surely enjoy. Shawn McDonald is known for acoustic guitar driven tunes. This album promises to still bring the acoustic feel to his music but also introduces electric elements pushing Shawn out of his comfort zone. “My goal is to never isolate anyone, but simply to meet people wherever they are at,” sums up McDonald of his latest collection. “In the way I speak and in the content of my songs, I just want to show people a glimpse of the journey I’m on, complete with all of its imperfections and the wisdom I’ve learned along the way.”
The first song on the album “Brave” will take long time fans of McDonald's by surprise with electronic elements mixed in with guitar driven sounds, the latter McDonald is already known for. Brave is also the first single off the album and you can find a video for this song at: http://youtu.be/OptZRvQtz8Q
“End of the Day” is a reflection of what you want people to remember about you when you are gone. What do you want your legacy to be? The song is full of thought provoking lyrics like, “I want my heart to beat with passion, I want my motive to be pure, I want the legacy that I leave to reflect the life You gave me.”
“Worlds Apart” has a softer sound with more of an acoustic feel to it, much like what longtime fans have come to know. The song, while rather simple, after several listens you can tell the depth behind the lyrics. “Don't you see? You'll always be, always be the world to me, After all, just believe, you'll always be the one for me.”
“Compass” slows things down on this album with a ballad that reminds listeners to love others along life’s journey. This song is thought provoking. It's about how we interact with the people we rub elbows with on a daily basis, both in our personal and professional lives, whether it’s our next door neighbor or a co-worker.
“Your Love is Saving Me” ends the album with electronic elements and lyrics “Your love is saving me, Your love is the air I breath, Your love consumes my soul…” This song reminds the listener that it all comes down to love. With a catchy beat and lyrics that are thought provoking, I have to say this is one of my favorite songs on the album.
As McDonald says, “I don’t want to be looked at as someone on the edge, because I’m just trying to speak in a language that will reach the culture we live in. I’m just trying to be positive and say things that are hopefully going to help people in their life, instead of just adding more to the negative drone that’s out there.” This album shows McDonald’s growth as an artist as he explores new avenues with his music. From electronic undertones to guitar driven sounds, there is something for everyone on this album. Take a listen, you won’t be sorry.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Genre: Pop / Electronic
Label: Sparrow Records
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes
1. We Are Brave
2. End of the Day
3. I Can't Imagine
5. Hope Is Right Here
6. Learning How To Lose
7. Worlds Apart
8. Flower In The Snow
9. Through It All
11. Your Love Is Saving Me