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Album Review

These guys know a thing or two about momentum. Their highly anticipated follow-up, The Light Meets the Dark, was released barely two weeks after the group won the Gospel Music Association's most hallowed prize, the Dove Award for Song of the Year. The Florida trio also knows something about expectations, which reached practically stratospheric levels prior to its sophomore record's release. Knowing this, the band turned to a trio of producers, Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp, and Phillip LaRue, who between them had attacked contemporary praise & worship music from practically every angle possible, working with artists as varied as MUTEMATH, David Crowder Band, Leeland, and Bebo Norman. The result is staggering. The Light Meets the Dark mixes praise & worship with intricately emotional pop sentiment that hasn't been heard since Jars of Clay's 1995 debut. Deeply personal cuts like "Healing Begins," "On and On," and "Any Other Way" bring to mind the powerful sensitivity of Jars classics such as "Like a Child" and "Worlds Apart." It also doesn't hurt that lead singer Mike Donehey's voice bears a striking resemblance to Dan Haseltine's, or that his stream-of-consciousness songwriting is just as poetic and lyrical. The album also benefits from a timely sound sure to win over congregations. From top to bottom, The Light Meets the Dark is a tremendous achievement for not only Donehey and crew but for all of contemporary Christian music.

Customer Reviews


That's 2 amazing albums in a row for Tenth Avenue North. Almost all of these songs are amazing, and the lyrics are obviously very well thought out. The bass, especially in Healing Begins, is amazing, and the drummer and guitarist really know what they're doing, too.

Healing Home Boys

No offense, but this seemed like a mellow, introspective, and thinking person's CD. And that's good sometimes. If you're looking for a rockin' set of songs, this is not it. Loved the instrumentals on On & On and Empty My Hands. Oh My Dear is an amazing meditative ballad - wow! House of Mirrors reminds of of Downhere's You're Not Alone single. My two favorite songs are You Are More and Healing Begins.

To recap, it's a solid album with food for thought. I hope this group sticks around for a long time singing how God's grace is enough.


I just went through, and still am coming out of a very very dark time. This CD has spoken to me so much. The songs, as I hear them, are written as a love story for those who are ashamed of their past, or are dealing with guilt. They speak of God's undying love for those people. Several songs are written from God's perspective, asking us to just come to Him as we are - there's nothing we have to do to earn His love, it's simply made available to us. And Jesus has proven this by giving up His life to purchase us back to Himself. This album is soaked in Gospel truth, but it doesn't stop with ONLY theological truth. It tells a story of God's love and reveals a God who is close, who lifts up all who are bowed down and upholds all those who fall. (Ps. 145:14) GET THIS ALBUM


Formed: 2000 in West Palm Beach, FL

Genre: Inspirational

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a bright and sunny modern pop sound, Tenth Avenue North (the group took its name from a major road in the West Palm Beach, Florida area, where the band was originally formed) have become one of the brightest lights on the contemporary Christian music scene. Led by Mike Donehey's vocals and songwriting, the group released three independent albums, 2002's Broken Down, 2003's Don't Look Back, and 2005's Speaking of Silence, and an EP, 2006's God with Us, before signing with Reunion Records and...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Inspirational, Music, Rock, CCM
  • Released: May 10, 2010

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