10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Celebrating 20 years as a Christian pop trio, Phillips, Craig & Dean reaffirm their artistic strengths on Breathe In. From the start, Phillips, Craig & Dean have emphasized faith's uplifting side, moving naturally to worship music in recent years. Breathe In sings God's praises and delves into the need for individual believers to find healing. The lead single, “When the Stars Burn Down,” takes a widescreen view of Judgment Day against a backdrop of chiming guitars and feedback washes. The trio celebrates resurrection in “These Bones,” surrounding their voices with a bright country-pop arrangement. The minor chords framing “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” add poignancy to its hopeful lyrics. Reverent expressions like the surging “Great and Glorious” and the hymnlike “All Is Well” are both heartfelt and smoothly crafted. Producers Bertie Herms and Nathan Nockles give the trio’s trademark harmonies room to shine while keeping the tracks clean and contemporary. Polished in its presentation and plainspoken in its message, Breathe In is a fine addition to PC&D’s inspirational catalog.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Celebrating 20 years as a Christian pop trio, Phillips, Craig & Dean reaffirm their artistic strengths on Breathe In. From the start, Phillips, Craig & Dean have emphasized faith's uplifting side, moving naturally to worship music in recent years. Breathe In sings God's praises and delves into the need for individual believers to find healing. The lead single, “When the Stars Burn Down,” takes a widescreen view of Judgment Day against a backdrop of chiming guitars and feedback washes. The trio celebrates resurrection in “These Bones,” surrounding their voices with a bright country-pop arrangement. The minor chords framing “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” add poignancy to its hopeful lyrics. Reverent expressions like the surging “Great and Glorious” and the hymnlike “All Is Well” are both heartfelt and smoothly crafted. Producers Bertie Herms and Nathan Nockles give the trio’s trademark harmonies room to shine while keeping the tracks clean and contemporary. Polished in its presentation and plainspoken in its message, Breathe In is a fine addition to PC&D’s inspirational catalog.

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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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