11 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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3:38
3:32
4:02
4:48
3:53
3:27
4:14
3:07
3:38
5:21
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About The Afters

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 the Dallas music scene, the Afters scored a deal with Epic and released their major-label debut in 2005, entitled I Wish We All Could Win. The album was a hit on the Christian charts, making it to the Top 25. In 2006, the band went back into the studio to record its follow-up, Never Going Back to OK, which was slated for release in February of 2008. ~ Chris True

  • ORIGIN
    Mesquite, TX
  • FORMED
    2000

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