10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Percolating beats, high-gloss guitars, and hearty gang vocals give the 14th album by the Christian trio Phillips, Craig & Dean a fresh, contemporary feel. What hasn’t changed for these stalwart singer/songwriters is the plainspoken, Bible-rooted message of their music. Rousing electronica-tinged tracks like “What Hope Feels Like,” “If Not for Grace,” and “Let It Be Known” set off the group’s signature vocal harmonies. The countrified “Voices from the Other Side” (written for Dean’s late father) and the stirring modern hymn “Jesus, Only Jesus” recall the kind of devotional ballads that first earned PC&D acclaim in the '90s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Percolating beats, high-gloss guitars, and hearty gang vocals give the 14th album by the Christian trio Phillips, Craig & Dean a fresh, contemporary feel. What hasn’t changed for these stalwart singer/songwriters is the plainspoken, Bible-rooted message of their music. Rousing electronica-tinged tracks like “What Hope Feels Like,” “If Not for Grace,” and “Let It Be Known” set off the group’s signature vocal harmonies. The countrified “Voices from the Other Side” (written for Dean’s late father) and the stirring modern hymn “Jesus, Only Jesus” recall the kind of devotional ballads that first earned PC&D acclaim in the '90s.

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About Phillips, Craig & Dean

Phillips, Craig & Dean first appeared in 1992, when the trio's self-titled debut introduced a blend of Christian ministry, vocal harmony, and contemporary pop/rock songwriting. From the start, the group wielded a good deal of influence in the sacred community, earning nominations at the yearly Dove Awards and routinely dominating the charts on CCM radio. Albums like Trust, Lifeline, Where Strength Begins, and Restoration maintained such popularity throughout the '90s, and Phillips, Craig & Dean ushered in the 21st century by redefining themselves as worship-oriented band.

Let My Words Be Few, Let Your Glory Fall, and Top of My Lungs all drew from the musicians' work as full-time pastors, featuring as much emphasis on scripture as the music itself. The group remained marketable, however, having scored a total of 18 chart-topping singles by the time Fearless appeared in 2009. ~ John Bush

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1991

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