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Album Review

CCM quartet Anthem Lights' self-titled debut album (not to be confused with their self-titled EP) reveals a pop/rock group that may be hoping to pick off the more devout devotees of the Jonas Brothers or those for whom the Newsboys are now old news. They play highly produced rock that supports earnest vocals full of personal turmoil leading to a discovery of Christian faith. Clichés don't bother them, and they name songs with titles like "Lifeline" and "Lighthouse." Also, they sometimes employ the usual trope of singing songs that can — to an extent — be taken as romantic rather than reverent and, by implication, sending a message to female fans. "Can't Get Over You," for instance, sounds like nothing so much as an expression of secular feeling, at least through its first verse and the chorus that goes, "Hold me just a little bit closer/I don't want to lose this moment/Your love has covered me/And now I can't get over you." Later verses suggest that it's God the singer wants to hold him so close, but the point has been made. Anthem Lights may not be original, but they are a bunch of cute young guys, and that can be as important in CCM as in pop music generally.

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Identity Crisis

Are they a Christian band or not. Yeah, they harmonize well, and yeah, they can adapt songs well, but do they really look at what songs they’re doing or literally just go for the most popular at the time. I really don’t want to see a band of such promise and blessing go down like this. I mean, I used to be just like that, singing the songs that sounded really good, but then a friend showed me all the negative things that come along with songs beside if they curse or talk about the obvious negative (drugs, violence, etc). And there are a lot of people who will say the songs they are covering are just fine, except for when you look at the original person who sang them, or wrote them. Are they good too? And what other spiritual aspects are their music bringing to Anthem Lights and all their listeners. I find it weird how they are covering Roar by Katy Perry and it’s sister song “Dark Horse” is as demonic as they come. ANTHEM LIGHTS- you have so much god-given talents, now finish the circle and give the talents back to God. Praise him instead, because the if anyone heard this album, they would never believe that God was even in the same area, let alone the band. YOU COULD DO BETTER.
P.S. I gave two stars because the band does sound good, which deserves one star, but one is like zero on this thing.



Somewhat Disappointed

Although I don't usually have a problem with Christian singers covering secular songs, I did have some issues with some of the songs covered. I think that Anthem Lights may have stepped over the boundaries with this album. First off, just because something is a "popular pop song" doesn't mean that is has to be included in a pop mashup. "The Other Side" is definitely is definitely not a healthy song to be pointing Christian listeners to. Even songs like "Cruise" and "Love Somebody" have qustionable lyrics that Anthem Lights thankfully didn't sing. But listeners may have wanted to hear the original songs and, in doing so, filled their minds with inappropriate things. In the Justin Timberlake mashup there was the line,"Let me show you a few things about love tonight." Am I the only one interpreting that line wrong, or should it not be sung and listened to by Christians? I think that Anthem Lights should consider their listeners (many of them teenagers, such as me) and not lead them astray through songs that are inappropriate or have negative connotations. For instance, I'm sure they have listeners who are often tempted to get too intimate with their boyfriend/ girlfriend, in which case, listening to these songs will not help that problem, but, instead, tempt them further. Now, I don't have anything against Anthem Lights, and for the most part, I don't mind most of the songs in the album. I, unlike some, don't mind that they covered "Roar" as there is nothing morally wrong with that song. Same with many of the other songs. Their single "Hide Your Love Away" was absolutely amazing, and confronted the problem of purity head-on. It is one of my all-time favorite songs. I just think that they may have shied away from that focus in the making of this album. All I hope is that this is not a trend that will continue on to their future albums.


Formed: 2007 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed while founding members Chad Graham and Alan Powell were both living in Los Angeles, California, Christian pop band Anthem Lights began as a solo project for Graham in 2007. After working on songs for Graham's debut, the pair decided to expand the project into a four-piece pop group, recruiting vocalists Kyle Kupecky and Caleb Grimm into the group. Working under the name Yellow Cavalier, the four singers released their self-titled debut EP in 2009 before they changed the group's name to Anthem...
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