Ellie Holcomb "Red Sea Road" by Michael Tackett (CMADDICT) on 2017-03-01 10:06:08
Ellie Holcomb is an indie/folk artist that emerged several years ago with a big online presence. (I personally found her on NoiseTrade several years ago) Last month, she released her latest offering - Red Sea Road.
Holcomb wrote this record while going through a time of struggle. Her father had been diagnosed with cancer (he is better now!), but at the time everything was unknown. With that weighing on her, Holcomb wrote a personally heartfelt record that everyone will be able to relate to.
The record starts off with “Find You Here” which recalls Holcomb hearing the devastating news about her father. Holcomb sings, “it’s not the news that any of us hoped we would hear.” With “Find You Here” and “He Will” Holcomb focuses on both the pain, but also on God's presence in the midst of such pain.
The rest of the record is a journey looking through one's own pain and finding that God loves and comforts his people. “Red Sea Road” and “You Are Loved” echos the promise of God's comfort in the midst of pain. Ellie Holcomb doesn’t do this in a somber piano-driven kind of way but rather pop anthems that are musically energetic with sometimes painful lyrics.
Other stand out tracks include “Rescue” and “Living Water.” Both are worship anthems that are uplifting and backed with a choir that just gives both songs depth and energy toward the end of the record. In “Rescue,” she sings, “ I need a rescue, I need a reckoning/From all the things I've done and have been done to me I need revival, I need recovery."
Red Sea Road is lyrically one of the most touching records I have listened to in a while. Holcomb has crafted a record that dives through the painful experiences we have all gone through while not losing focus on what matters. She sings her heart out on each song and by the last song, “Man of Sorrows,” she leaves you humbled and grateful for what life has given (and maybe taken away).
If you’re going through a hard time or need encouragement, pick up Red Sea Road! If you are looking for deeper lyrical content than what radio CCM has been offering lately then Red Sea Road is also for you! Either way, you will not be disappointed.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Contemporary / Pop
Label: Full Heart Music
Release Date: January 27, 2017
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes
1 Find You Here
2 He Will
3 Red Sea Road
4 You Are Loved
5 Fighting Words
6 I Will Never Be the Same
7 Wonderfully Made
8 We've Got This Hope
9 You Love Me Best
10 God of All Comfort
12 Living Water
13 Man of Sorrows
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