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The positive message running through The Afters’ Life Is Beautiful is tempered by the knowledge that suffering often walks hand in hand with sorrow. The Texas-bred Christian band’s fourth album is rooted in its members’ recent personal struggles, including the death of their longtime manager and a near-fatal car wreck involving lead singer Josh Havens and his family. As on previous releases, The Afters frame serious themes in buoyant musical settings that mix breezy melodies with propulsive rhythms and electronica embellishment. Tracks like “Love Is in the Air” and “Every Good Thing” celebrate the band’s collective faith with body-grabbing beats and shout-along vocals. The title track (heard in the film October Baby) acknowledges heartache while expressing gratitude for life's ordinary joys. Beneath the album’s soaring hosannas is an unshakable spiritual resolve, evident in the redemptive imagery of “Broken Hallelujah” and “Believe (Waiting for an Answer).” “In My Eyes” is a particular high point. Throughout, The Afters display the sleek pop/rock tunefulness that's earned them a loyal following among Christian and mainstream pop/rock fans alike.

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I didn't even realize this was a Christian band at first! I used a song in a movie for a friend, and one day I heard another song that sounded familiar, so I looked it up and finally realized that all of the songs were Gospel related, which makes me love The Afters that much more!


Their albums, I swear...
It's rich in its production. So a big thanks to the producers and musicians (including Dan Muckala) and the great talents and vocals of The Afters!

Such a solid album!!

Every song on this album is fantastic! Even the one that I wouldn't necessarily like "breathe in breathe out" is catchy and I like it the more I listen to it! Another great album guys! Keep doing what you're doing!


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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