Let's just say that these boys from South Carolina didn't exactly scrap their plans to conquer the world after their critically acclaimed 2006 debut. The band's sweeping, arena-friendly alternative rock returns on this ambitious follow-up. In the short year since Daylight's release, the band's music made it onto television (The Evidence, MTV's Laguna Beach), movies (Employee of the Month), and at major sporting events (the 2006 World Series). They also toured with Train and Collective Soul, the latter of whose frontman Ed Roland shares producing credits on this album with Rick Beato (Shinedown). Whether deliberately or not, there seems to be a distinct likeness to both of their tourmates' sounds, as Needtobreathe combines Train's mastery of mid-tempo adult alternative with Collective Soul's pulsing, straightforward rock. The group dwells less in the Coldplay/Travis corner of the sonic universe this time, sounding more like After Edmund and early-career Oasis. There is no runaway single like "Shine On," although first single "Signature of Divine (Yahweh)" has its share of rich, sweeping gusto. Now that the cat's out of the bag (i.e. their sound no longer commands an aura of mystery and intrigue), the boys seem to have lost just a touch of their pioneering spirit, buut that cannot distract from the album's strong, approachable rock that plays best when cranked to a "10."
Performance CreditsNeedtobreathe Primary Artist
Peggy Ward Vocals
Terry Connell Trumpet
Tom Garling Trombone
Jim Gailloreto Saxophone
Mark Ward Vocals
Seth Bolt Bass,Background Vocals
Joe Stillwell Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Bear Rinehart Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Bo Rinehart Synthesizer,Guitar,Background Vocals
Set Free Christian Fellowship Choir Vocals
Aaron Bowen Electric Piano
Technical CreditsRick Beato Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ed Roland Producer,Audio Production
Rick Barnes Engineer
Jeremy Cowart Cover Photo
Shawn Grove Engineer
Will Hunt Programming
Needtobreathe Audio Production
Seth Bolt Programming,Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Heat based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
A jam-packed album: with enthusiasm, vocals, and stirring music-the kind I always envision fast-moving country roads flying by to, winded hair accompanied. Several of the songs particularly pump blood and all of the songs do not fail to spur on some karaoke. The themes are revisited ones, but not treated in cliche fashion. The Heat impressed me with their ability of dealing with timeless subjects - but not the most originality possible; probably because their time is better spent on their strength, and rewardingly so - their music!
I love this CD! A nice selection of Christian songs with abit of a country/pop sound. I'm looking forward to hearing/buying their other cds.
I heard one of their songs on the radio in the car and quickly grabbed a pen to write down their name on my hand when the announcer said it. I went right out and bought the album - and what a great album! I am so impressed. They are definitely my favorite band in quite a while.