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On their third album this Texas-bred band goes for an expansive, rhythmically compelling approach that tackles big spiritual themes with a palpable optimism. In contrast to their earlier work, the Afters embrace a poppier, more keyboard-centered sound here, showcasing Josh Havens' high-gliding vocals. Lyrically, messages of rebirth and transformation reoccur in tracks like “Start Over,” “For the First Time” and the title number. The ballad “Say It Now” approaches the theme of new beginnings in the context of a relationship, while “Saving Grace” and “Lift Me Up” are personal testimonials to salvation. Producer Dan Muckala brings out the ambient electronica leanings of the group, particularly on the slightly spacey “For the First Time” and the bubbly techno-shuffle “I Am Yours.” “We Won’t Give Up” in the rock standout here, riding a guitar riff with the crunch of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky.” It’s easy to imagine any number of the album’s tunes turning up on a TV or film soundtrack. More importantly, these songs create inspirational movies in the listener’s mind all by themselves.

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The afters have long impressed me but this is definatly their best.


I have adored The Afters ever since their album, "I Wish We All Could Win" first came out. This is a new sound for them yet it's still so amazing. Before they were more, 'rock/pop-ish', however this is more on a pop/electronic side, with a little rock mixed in. But it is still SO AWESOME!

Don't think that since they changed their sound you shouldn't get the new album, because you'll still love The Afters, they are even better than before!!!

I played their EP for this album over and over and over again, it even made me cry sometimes. I've listened to the entire album online and it was just as amazing as the EP!!! I'm going to buy it as soon as I can!



wow the Afters never seize to amaze me,
their songs bring across such beautiful messages.
You could always expect great things to come from them.
This album contains songs that will NOT disappoint you one bit :)
the more you listen to them, the more you will fall in love.


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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