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Album Review

Needtobreathe rose up through the Christian rock world during the early 2000s, but the very presence of producer Andy Green, best-known for his work with British rockers Keane, is a good indication that their major-label debut Daylight is not intended to be a CCM record. And apart from a few stabs at vague spirituality within the lyrics, Daylight doesn't play like a CCM record, either: it's a big, bright, shiny modern rock record, heavily influenced by U2 and designed for big, open spaces, or at least to be played somewhere between Coldplay and Train on modern rock radio. But where Coldplay doesn't hesitate to delve into the sonic murk U2 developed with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois (they may turn into something blandly warm, yet they do draw from it), Needtobreathe is happy to rely on the elements of U2 that capture the band at their most populist, not to mention anthemic, then they take that arena-ready sound and streamline it with their guy-next-door persona and straight-ahead songwriting. Above anything, Daylight is a friendly, welcoming album; in other hands, the echoing, delayed guitars, retro-'80s synths, cavernous drums, and large soundstages might sound ominous or chilly, but Needtobreathe doesn't have anything foreboding about them at all. Such niceness could run the risk of being dreadfully dull, but Needtobreathe has an appealing combination of sincerity and skill that Green polishes into a record that is slick yet ingratiating, earnest yet endearing. True, the brother-led quartet doesn't stretch boundaries — they're proudly not dangerous — but they're not only more genuine than Creed, the last prominent Christian-rooted modern rock band, but they're more tuneful and varied, as well, and that's enough to make Daylight a solid debut.

Customer Reviews

Couldn't Be More Perfect

In most reviews, I would tell the highlights so that others could know what the best songs were. On this one, however, I cannot do that. All of the songs are so good that, after listening to the entire album about 10 times (that's about 7 hours of Needtobreathe), I still have not tired of any of the songs. They all have the potential to be my favorite song, and I think, at some poit in the future, each of them will. As for the band's sound, I really have heard nothing like it. The closest I could imagine would be U2 with Dave Matthews at lead singer instead of Bono. The only difference would be that Needtobreathe would blow Dave/U2 out of the water. Enjoy. Top tracks are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.


I went to school with one of the band members, and ran into him the other day while they where shooting a new video in our hometown of Seneca, SC. I had heard of the band but never really listened to any of their music. Man was I missing out!! I decided to look them up and see how they where doing. I checked out there MySpace account and Website, I was interested. So I decided to buy the CD and give it a chance. Best music buy Ive made this year. It has been playing on my IPod non-stop. Every song is GREAT. I think everyone should add these guys to their PLAYLIST. I am so glad these guys are doing so well. And I cant wait for the things to come. GOD bless you guys!!

This CD rocks!

This is such a great album. It's perfect for any time of day and any time of year. The lyrics are deep and poetic, and the music is soothing and refreshing. Tracks like Quit and Knew It All are a little bit more rock-oriented, while Don't Leave Just Yet has beautiful piano lines. Over Now speaks to the listener and encourages him or hr, while Shine On is a call to action.

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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Apr 04, 2006

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