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What If We

Brandon Heath

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You can place Brandon Heath squarely in the tradition of the sensitive male singer/songwriter. His slightly callow but winning vocals and lyric confessions of emotional need bring to mind everyone from Jackson Browne to Mat Kearney and Greg Laswell. His sophomore album What If We applies his firmly Christian perspective to themes both exalted and ordinary. Heath doesn’t mind admitting his fears and weaknesses — “Wait and See” looks back over his semi-misspent youth, while “When I’m Alone” describes an acute attack of alienation. On tracks like the soulful “Fight Another Day” and the bouncy “Sore Eyes,” he turns around and offers words of encouragement to others. More than anything, Heath is concerned with failures of communication, whether between lovers (“Listen Up”) or strangers (“Give Me Your Eyes”). Reaching higher, he delivers an uncommonly poetic praise song with “No Not One.” His light, flexible sound relies on acoustic guitars and laid-back beats (dressed up with strings here and there) to put his message across. What If We may be a tad sweet in spots but ultimately redeems itself through its solid craft and empathetic perspective. Heath’s kind of sensitivity feels right.

Customer Reviews

No Sophomore Slump Here

After winning this year's Best New Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards in April Brandon began writing for and recording his highly anticipated sophomore album What If We, and all that hard work really paid off. What If We features several co-writer's including singer/songwriter's Jason Ingram, Christy Nockels, and Jars of Clay's frontman Dan Haseltine. Brandon's hit single Give Me Your Eyes co-written by singer/songwriter Jason Ingram is just AMAZING and wonderfully written, it's about asking God to give you eye's to see the world the way He does, with compassion and not judgement, I think it's one of the best song's of '08. Wait and See is about waiting and seeing what God has in store for you, to not rush His will and just trusting in the Lord, waiting and seeing what's next in your life 'cause He's not finished with you yet. Trust You reminds us to let go and trust in the Lord no matter what, that there is no good reason why we shouldn't trust Him with our lives. London is a love song about a man visiting London whose feeling lonely and missing his love back home, and just wishing that she was right there with him. Sunrise is one of my favorite song's on the album, I love the chorus: (All you need is a sunrise/Just a moment of dawn/If your lost in the twilight/Close you're eyes and move on/When your tired in the waiting/Even though it's gonna take you a little more time/Just a little more time/The sun's gonna find you.) Sore Eyes co-written by Jars of Clay's Dan Haseltine is more upbeat than other song's on the album, it's about trying to cheer up a girl whose just really down. Love Never Fails...well the meaning of this song is rather obvious, but the song is a lovely reminder that no matter what we go through love never fails us, God's love never fails us, He's always there to see us through anything. Fight Another Day has an R&B feel to it and it's certainly something different for Brandon, musically and lyrically. No Not One is another one of my favorite's. It's about the fact that there has never been or every will be a love greater than the love God has shown or given us...beautiful. This song is the perfect ending to a wonderful album. Overall this is definitely one of the best album's of 2008.

What if We...took the time to listen?

More than just your average, run-of-the-mill CCM artist, Brandon Heath is a storyteller. He writes and sings real songs; songs about real life, real love, and a real God. Over forty songs were written for this "sophomore" (actually his fourth) record. The eleven chosen prove just that. There's a song here for every person. Following a Dove award for Best New Artist, all eyes turned toward Brandon to see what was next. The product? “What if We”…which is not just an award-worthy album, but quite a poignant statement. How would we finish the sentence? How will Brandon create a record befitting of such a thought? With ease. From the up-tempo beat and prodding fun of "Sore Eyes" (co-written and featuring Jars of Clay) to the heartbreaking ballad of longing in "London"; the anthem of truest devotion in “Love Never Fails” to the absolute truth of “No Not One”, Brandon creates a map – guiding us through a daily walk. This Dan Muckala production features an all-star roster of co-writers and musicians to accompany Brandon along the journey, including: Christy Nockels, Jason Ingram, Jars of Clay, etc. Each song so perfectly penned that you can jump into the picture right alongside Brandon as he tells his story. Don’t worry about picking songs one by one, the entire album is more than worthy of your $10. And just as the second track, “Wait and See”, says, “singing my heart is one of my dreams…He’s not finished with me yet”. Neither are we…

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I first heard Brandon Heath on the "Henry Poole Is Here" soundtrack, and I'm sure glad I decided to investigate him some more. This new album is musically, melodically, and lyrically a treat. There isn't a single song I would skip. Do yourselves a favor and buy this album.

Biography

Born: July 21, 2011 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Before he became a Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian artist, Brandon Heath spent his childhood years in Nashville, TN. He received a guitar as a Christmas gift and began writing songs at the age of 13, supplementing his musical efforts by performing in a school choir. He embraced religion three years later after attending an influential Young Life camp. Although he later returned to the camp to serve as a leader, Heath also continued to focus on his music, spending long hours at the Bluebird...
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