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The positive message running through The Afters’ Life Is Beautiful is tempered by the knowledge that suffering often walks hand in hand with sorrow. The Texas-bred Christian band’s fourth album is rooted in its members’ recent personal struggles, including the death of their longtime manager and a near-fatal car wreck involving lead singer Josh Havens and his family. As on previous releases, The Afters frame serious themes in buoyant musical settings that mix breezy melodies with propulsive rhythms and electronica embellishment. Tracks like “Love Is in the Air” and “Every Good Thing” celebrate the band’s collective faith with body-grabbing beats and shout-along vocals. The title track (heard in the film October Baby) acknowledges heartache while expressing gratitude for life's ordinary joys. Beneath the album’s soaring hosannas is an unshakable spiritual resolve, evident in the redemptive imagery of “Broken Hallelujah” and “Believe (Waiting for an Answer).” “In My Eyes” is a particular high point. Throughout, The Afters display the sleek pop/rock tunefulness that's earned them a loyal following among Christian and mainstream pop/rock fans alike.

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Thanks for NOT sounding so obviously Christian

I LOVE 'Every Good Thing' and 'Light Up the Sky'. I am so thankful that The Afters stepped out and did something different, adapting their sound to what is popular right now in music across genres. If we're (the Body of Christ) to share the good news with world, don't we need to meet them where they are? Most 'unchurched/unbelievers' aren't scrambling to turn up the 'obvious' praise/Christian song on the radio. But these songs are not 'obvious' and yet they are packed with the message of God's love. If an unbeliever were flipping thru and heard one of these songs it's more likely to meet them where they are. So thank you, The Afters, for meeting some unmet needs of the world!

Life is Beautiful

This Album is wonderful...for the first time I bought a complete album. These guys are blessed and their songs can touch and transform anyone. I was truly inspired.


U guys r awesome!


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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