Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Steven Curtis Chapman: The Glorious Unfolding

Release Date: 30 September 2013
Genre: Contemporary Christian
Length: 47:46
Label: Reunion Records
Similar artists: Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Mark Schultz, Michael W. Smith,
Rating: 4/5

As a whole, this record is a showcase of Chapman’s musical maturity as well as his years of experience both in life and the music industry.

Lyrically the depth of each track contains personal and spiritual aspects that are truly captivating, the record unfolds beautifully into thought provoking layers with each listen. There is a definite warmth and complexity to Chapman’s work; you can feel how each track is another masterpiece created by a master in his art; a diverse, captivating, emotional rollercoaster. This is an awesome record that truly showcases his ability as a songwriter.

It is safe to say that Chapman is a veteran in this scene, and he is clearly still at the top of his game, once again he managed to redefine the contemporary sound that he pretty much created. His voice is one of the best in the industry and his songs can really move the soul, alongside contemplative ballads that provide a strikingly vulnerable view of his soul. This record shows that Steven knows how to produce great songs that are heartfelt, meaningful and honest.

One of the traps he can sometimes fall into is letting his records be too much of ‘the same’, however he has thrown in enough little surprises in this record to avoid that problem.

I believe this is the kind of record that Chapman fans will have come to know and love, as should any fan of the more contemporary genre of music. Ultimately, in my humble opinion, The Glorious Unfolding seems to soar above the rest of the artists in the contemporary Christian music scene, but it doesn't quite maintain the momentum that the first few tracks set off with. Regardless, Chapman has given us another satisfying record.

Song of The Week:  “Michael and Maria”

Stay alive Clive 


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