Music PRE-view: Tenth Avenue North, "The Struggle"
Record Label: Reunion Records
Album length: 12 tracks: 51 minutes, 33 seconds
Street Date: August 21, 2012
No doubt one of the most popular bands currently active in the CCM circuit, Tenth Avenue North has taken hold of their fans' hearts in an astoundingly short period of time. As a result, any release from the band is bound to get quite a bit of attention, and The Struggle is looking to be no exception. Musically a direct sequel to 2010's The Light Meets the Dark, the band's third career album doesn't try anything too daring, but it keeps the band on the verge of making a unique artistic statement throughout all twelve tracks.
Mike Donehey and company paint a picture of the Christian's unrelenting resistance from sin, and as an uncomfortably familiar theme for many listeners, it's a simultaneously convicting and encouraging album concept. Some songs come pretty close to musical and lyrical profundity ("Shadows," "Where Life Will Never Die," "Hostage of Peace") but as a general rule, lyrical poeticism is too often sacrificed for tired phrases and Christian buzzwords ("Losing," "Strangers Here," "Lamb of God") and even some mostly innocuous, but still slightly questionable, theology falls through the cracks ("Don't Stop the Madness").
Though perhaps a small step backwards from the promising The Light Meets the Dark, The Struggle will be no doubt one of the more marketable releases this year, making a lasting mark on 2012 come this August...
The Struggle Track Listing
The Struggle (4:32)
Don't Stop The Madness (4:55)
Where Life Will Never Die (3:49)
Strangers Here (3:37)
All The Same (4:53)
Hostage Of Peace (4:26)
You Do All Things Well (4:46)
Lamb Of God (4:45)
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