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Album Review

In 1998, Rocketown Records released singer and songwriter Chris Rice's project Past the Edges. A blend of CCM and inspirational seasoned with acoustic folk, the album features multiple radio singles, including the quirky "Smellin' Coffee" and the vulnerable, questioning "Big Enough." An album highlight is "Cartoons," which is located as a hidden track following the project's closing song, "Missin' You."

Customer Reviews

Smellin' Coffee TRUE STORY!

Ok, I get into my car outside Krispy Kreme with a fresh cup of java and I flick on the radio. It's a typical cold overcast morning here in Lansing. This song I never heard before is already playing. I think, "It's got a good beat so I'll listen" as I settle in and put my seatbelt on. AT THE SAME EXACT TIME I take a big 'ole whiff of my coffee, I hear the first line of "I'm smellin' coffee"! I smile broadly at the coincidence and ALL is well with my soul. Only JUST AS the next line comes through to my ears "birds are singin' just outside"... a huge flock of starlings land right next to my drivers side window chirping wildly! I LAUGH OUT LOUD at the double coincidence. THEN I almost freaked out when through the sky-wide blanket of clouds comes the sun's rays FULL BLAST...AT THE SAME EXACT TIME the rest of the lyrics continue, "Here comes Your mercy streamin' in with the morning light... ...My heart is racin', wakin' up to You're smile. It's a good mornin', good mornin'". Let me tell you, I felt like a shower of living water was flowing through the inside of me! OF COURSE I bought this song! My most memorable morning on the planet in 38 years!

I recommend it, sure.

It's not so much the lyrics as how Chris Rice sings his songs that make them so addicting, a great voice coupled with a solid list of abstract songs make this an addition to the playlist of anybody that enjoys his style of music.

Past the Edges

I love the wonderful lyrical stylings of Chris Rice on this album! His voice is crisp and bold!


Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Outstanding gospel songwriter Chris Rice became a recording artist as well in 1996 after signing a contract with Michael W. Smith's own record label and releasing his debut album, Deep Enough to Dream. The son of Christian-bookstore owners from Maryland, Rice was obviously involved in the gospel industry as a child, but was also influenced by friends and relatives close to him. His songwriting career began in the mid-'80s, a full decade before he became the 1995 Christian Songwriter of the Year (according...
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