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Album Review

I Wish We All Could Win is the debut of the Afters, a Texas quartet whose slick alternative pop settles nicely between Switchfoot and Fountains of Wayne. They avoid the latter band's sardonic wit — after all, Win is a joint release between Epic and Christian imprint INO. Instead, the Afters concentrate on bright and hopeful, but also pretty trite sentiment like "On this beautiful night/We'll make everything right/My beautiful love," and "Love Will You Make You Beautiful." Of course, they also tinge their pop hooks with wrangling guitars and the occasional whine of feedback ("Someday"; the Fuel-ish "Way You Are"), and Josh Haven's voice has a way of suggesting Thom Yorke's, so there's a little bit of Radiohead's dramatic dourness in "Beautiful" and "Wait" even if it's ultimately consumed by surging strings and the implication of the capitalized pronouns in the liner notes. The Afters wear their faith on their sleeves. But I Wish We All Could Win has plenty of crossover potential since, like Switchfoot, the band gathers their melodic sense from mainstream radio.

Customer Reviews


I went to a concert to see The Afters...but, it was outdoors and it was raining. They couldn't bring out their electric guitar equipment or anything. So, the lead singer of The Afters did "Beautiful Love" on his acoustic guitar for us. It was so pretty. He sounds the same as he does on the cd...and, that is real talent. Buy this cd and you won't be dissapointed! <3


I stumbled upon The Afters by looking at another artist and seeing them in the "Listeners Also Bought" section. What an emotionally ebbing & flowing CD. I believe there is a strong message in most (if not all) of these songs that really strikes to the core of Christians who are holding on in faith of that "great day". I definitely recommend this one!

they're still Blisse-ful!!

I just stumbled upon The Afters by accident and realized that they were this local band called Blisse that my friends and i used to go see all the time when we were in high school. We absolutely loved them and went to all their gigs. I hadnt listened to them in forever when I went out of state for college and I just rediscovered them on iTunes years later and they are still awesome!!!


Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s

Formed in 2000 by four Starbucks employees in Mesquite, TX, the Afters are an alternative CCM rock outfit originally known as Blisse. Under their original moniker, members Marc Dodd (drums), Matt Fuqua (guitar and vocals), Josh Havens (vocals and guitar), and Brad Wigg (bass and vocals) released an EP and an album (2001's When the World Is Wonderful) before finding out that there was another Blisse out there, and subsequently changed their name to the Afters. After making a name for themselves in...
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