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Something old and something new

Well, actually, both are new releases that hit the street on July 14th.  One album comes from two new names to the music scene.  And one disc is a second release of a series that did well in its first rendition.  Both arrived in the same package from Essential Records/Provident Label Group.

Tal and Acacia are two sisters from Maine whose voices blend well together.  I guess it was this sound that caught my interest to listen more.  Though since I am much more discerning of female music, I won’t be providing one of our normal in depth reviews.  Wake Me was produced by Monroe Jones (Third Day, Ginny Owens, Caedmon’s Call, Chris Rice).  At first listen, I noted that each song does not sound exactly the same as the others, which is always a plus for me.  At times I heard a similar sound to Leigh Nash in Sixpence None the Richer and other familiar female voices such as Regina Spektor.  Catchy pop with a bit of a twist.  I’ll predict this disc may have a few more listens before it gets buried amongst all of the others.

Glory Revealed II
was produced by Mac Powell of Third Day, who also lends his voice on three songs.  That alone will guarantee purchases from many a Gomer (a.k.a. Third Day fan).  The original Glory Revealed was critically acclaimed, landed some Dove Awards, and sparked a tour of the same name.  This follow up is similar to the first, with various artists joining together on spiritually sound songs.  Names include long-time artist Geoff Moore, Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall, Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell, southern gospel Jason Crabb, and the more recently known worship leader Aaron Shust.  Female voices include Amy Grant and Bethany Dillon.  All in all twenty-one musicians lend their sound to this southern-rock influenced record.  Even so, with all of the experience put together, in the end I felt something was missing. Perhaps it is similar to a sophomore slump?  Maybe experiencing the live show would provide me with a different opinion of the music. Unfortunately, the Glory Revealed II tour in August won’t be hitting near me.