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Something New In CCM

The last great original album by the Father of Christian Rock, the late Larry Norman. This albulm is to Norman what Exile on Main St. was for the Stones, the last great albulm of an exceptional artists that ended an extraordinary era of originality, authenticity, and creativity. Norman would never again, after 1980, acheive such artistic and creative heights, just as the Stones would never live up to the moniker "the greatest Rock band in the World" after Main St.'s release. Something New is exactly where few Christian artists, then or now, dare go - into an authentic homage to the music that birthed rock n roll. This is not the Delta Blues, but the urban Blues that influenced so much of Norman's music. Semi-autobiographical in nature, Something New grants rare insight into Norman's musical and spiritual journey. I highly recommend Something New Under The Son.

Amazing album by a truly great artist!

This is a true masterpiece; the first Christian blues album by the original "bad boy" of contemporary Christian music (the first anything of contemporary Christian music). This albums is one of the reasons I came to truly love Larry's music and a big reason why I didn't shut the Lord out altogether, but came to know Him as Larry did. Someday we'll sing together. This world is not my home either.

Hunting for a little known gem?

An amazing album! This deeply creative album takes you on a musical journey that loosely follows the story of a character's path to faith, while at the same time, progressing musically, song by song, from old southern blues on track one, to rock by track nine. (The rest of the cuts are bonus tracks.) This album stands as probably one of Larry Norman's musically edgier albums, and was certainly ahead of its time. It's probably the album I return to the most. Stylistically the tracks are rock/blues and often very good. You won't find any of Larry's best known songs on this album, which is a shame, but in the CCM world, even today, some of the early tracks would certainly not be understood outside of the context of the album -- such as "I'm Feeling So Bad, or "I Feel Like Dying," and stylistically the songs were just not going to hit CCM radio. As it's a "concept album" it's probably best to get the whole thing. If you want to sample the best tracks, try the awesome, distortion heavy (5) Watch What You're Doing, (3) "I Feel Like Dying" (4) "Born to Be Unlucky" If you're looking for classic Larry Norman, I suggest moving on to the seminal "Only Visiting This Planet."

Biography

Born: April 8, 1947 in Corpus Christi, TX

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The founding father of Jesus Rock, Larry Norman wed the rhythms of pop music with the spiritual and social outlook of Christianity to create a kind of flower-power gospel. While his efforts were instrumental in shaping the sound and themes of contemporary Christian rock, Norman never enjoyed the commercial success or acceptance afforded to his musical descendants, admitting his sensibilities were "too secular for the Christians and too Christian for the secularists." Born in Corpus Christi, TX on...
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