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Album Review

Over the course of several hit albums, Christian girl group BarlowGirl established themselves as a successful crossover trio by mastering a variety of secular pop and rock styles and matching them to inspirational (but not always explicitly religious) lyrics. Often sounding like a radio-ready mix of Avril Lavigne, Evanescence, and Vanessa Carlton, the group appealed to an unusually wide variety of music fans. Love & War finds the Illinois-based act expanding its sound even further, incorporating influences from heavy rock and dance music. The opening track, "Come Alive," is driven by a straight-up disco beat, a driving bassline, and Killers-esque edgy guitars, while "Time for You to Go" finds the singers' smooth vocal harmonies and biting anti-mass media social commentary backed by a nu-metal-ish funky beat and thrashy drumming. "Hello Sunshine" is a horse of a different (bright) color, its jaunty piano, joyful melody, fuzzy lead guitar, and Bach trumpet blasts clearly influenced by Paul McCartney-authored songs from the Beatles' post-Revolver era. A diverse, engaging exercise in several different subgenres of Christian music, Love & War appeals equally to the CCM heart, rock muscles, and pop sweet tooth.

Customer Reviews


This is yet another great CD from the three sisters of Barlowgirl.

Clever lyrics and musical ability deliver an inspiring and beautiful album of music that can be enjoyed whether you are looking for a Religious CD or just a great CD of music. Their abiity to write a quality song with great and meaningful lyrics, that convey both a message about their beliefs and also one that speaks on a more general level is amazing.

The song Beautiful ending is a wonderful song. When you hear how the song was inspired you don't doubt the belief and faith that they have and try to inspire. Whether you believe as they do, or not, its worth a listen.

Such Beauty and Talent is surely a gift that is a divine gift. I refer to the music and not just the Girls themselves.


Formed: Elgin, IL

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After practicing, writing, and performing for a few years, the self-described "radical girls for God" found themselves at a festival with fellow Christian rockers Superchic[k]. The latter took a liking to the up-and-comers, even penning a song about them, helping BarlowGirl off of the side stages and into the spotlight. With a solid grassroots campaign and a single that gained momentum on Christian Hit Radio, it looked like their faith paid off. Their eponymous debut was produced by Otto Price (dc...
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