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Album Review

History boasts a groovy acoustic funk sound that lands Matthew West in between the likes of Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, and Jack Johnson. The title refers to a headlong look back at his life so far (28 may seem a bit young to begin examining one's life so closely, yet he seems to draw a surprisingly large amount of energy from such reflection). It works well as a concept album that examines (surprise!) his past, present, and future. Style-wise, it bounces back and forth from soul to rock to even grassroots gospel. West walks down a time line in which he recalls his first believing moment ("Next Thing You Know"), his search for eternal love ("The Day Before You"), an affirmation of God's presence during a period of doubt ("I Know You're There"), and other watershed moments of spirituality. At its best, it is a transparent beam of light into the soul of a talented songwriter. At times, however, it is a memory piece with lyrics so personal that it offers little in the way of singalong choruses or radio-friendly pop hooks. Still, the message gets across that everyone has equally poignant and personal moments as these. Upon listening, one can't help but start brainstorming his or her own version of History in hopes of recalling similarly treasured memories.

Customer Reviews

I really like this guy

He's got a great voice and his songs are very inspirational. They all have great tunes. I saw him live in concert the other day and he's just as good live as on the CD! That's rare of an artist. He's one of my new favorites. Whoever said that the lyrics are stupid, maybe you should listen to them closer. They aren't- they are inspirational and powerful, and helpful to anyone. If you want stupid lyrics, check out the top ten on iTunes.

Oh My Goodness Gracious!

Matthew is awesome. I had just had a fight with my dad the day before. It was horrible. So many unkind things were said. As my iPod was on shuffle mode, History came on. It reminded me that God forgives me always and I still have a chance to live the life He wants me to live! God is amazing and I would strongly recommend buying this if you want to be moved by God.

Great album!

This is the 2nd album I've bought from Matthew West. I got hooked on 'Happy' and now I'm totally hooked on 'History'. Not only is his music inspirational, you can really jam to it! If you're looking for a Christian artist with cross-over appeal, then you owe yourself the pleasure of getting some Matthew West into your musical diet!


Born: April 25, 1977 in Downers Grove, IL

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Before becoming an award-winning CCM artist, Matthew West began his professional career penning hits for other artists, including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rascal Flatts, and Point of Grace. A high-school baseball star, he'd originally hoped to attend college on a sports scholarship; instead, West accepted a four-year music scholarship from Millikin University, where he wound up recording several solo albums before graduating in 1999. On the strength of the spiritual pop songs that appeared on September Sun...
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