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Album Review

This alt-rock contemporary Christian music outfit will no doubt earn comparisons to DC Talk and Jars of Clay, but it's fun to take the grungy elements a bit further and think a little bit of Pearl Jam and Nirvana (sanitized and smoothed over, of course) as you listen. Actually, an interesting phenomenon takes place as the disc goes on. There's a gritty intensity to the wall of distorted guitars and booming drums on the simple and worshipful "Jesus Christ," and even the poppy hook of "Lay It Down" has a heavy mood about it. Once they say Jesus, however, it's like a weight lifted (maybe that's intentional?) and "Wind of God" has a lighter flavor and prettier vocal harmony vibe about it. "Take My Hand" is so catchy, it's almost corporate rock — very good corporate rock but hardly as intense as the early tracks. They get back to the heaviness a bit on the moody "Jealous God" and toy with some ambience on "Desperate" and the lush, strings-enhanced "Breath of Life." "Come Holy Spirit" is a simple vocal, piano, and mandolin piece that could translate easily to the pop worship environment. Among Thorns can't seem to decide their exact approach as a rock outfit but their spirit is always front and center. Maybe among Christian rock fans they can be like the Apostle Paul — all things to all people, depending on what you're in the mood for.

Biography

Genre: Inspirational

Years Active: '00s

Formed in the mid-1990s, Among Thorns blends pop, rock, and alternative music, fusing it with their message of praise and worship. Beginning as a college act in Beaumont, Texas, the group released their self-titled debut to solid sales and earned college radio airplay. A second release, 2001's Desperate, found Among Thorns striving for a harder, more straight-ahead rock sound while still retaining their focus on the spiritual aspects that had brought them together to begin with. Relocating to Nashville...
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