11 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since his 2003 debut, Todd Agnew has avoided grand sweeping gestures in favor of more personal testimony about his Christian walk. How To Be Loved finds the singer/songwriter offering both thoughtful homilies and fervent hosannas in musical settings that draw on Southern rock and contemporary folk-pop influences. Agnew’s voice remains his most distinct feature; it's a resonant, raspy instrument that captures quiet dignity and inner strength. “Love Your Neighbor” sets an inclusive note for the album with its gently twanging guitars, gliding groove, and compassionate message. A swampy blues-rock vibe pervades “Give What’s in Your Hand,” adding some edge to Agnew’s call to spiritual action. “Loved” veers in a Jason Mraz–like direction that gives Todd a chance to show off the falsetto end of his normally gruff vocals. Stirring praise numbers like “God Undefeatable” and “Your Great Name” are contrasted with humble expressions of a believer’s struggles in “House of Boxes” and “Don’t You Think.” Agnew does it all with a guy-next-door sort of charm that doesn’t disguise his unshakable commitment to Christ.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since his 2003 debut, Todd Agnew has avoided grand sweeping gestures in favor of more personal testimony about his Christian walk. How To Be Loved finds the singer/songwriter offering both thoughtful homilies and fervent hosannas in musical settings that draw on Southern rock and contemporary folk-pop influences. Agnew’s voice remains his most distinct feature; it's a resonant, raspy instrument that captures quiet dignity and inner strength. “Love Your Neighbor” sets an inclusive note for the album with its gently twanging guitars, gliding groove, and compassionate message. A swampy blues-rock vibe pervades “Give What’s in Your Hand,” adding some edge to Agnew’s call to spiritual action. “Loved” veers in a Jason Mraz–like direction that gives Todd a chance to show off the falsetto end of his normally gruff vocals. Stirring praise numbers like “God Undefeatable” and “Your Great Name” are contrasted with humble expressions of a believer’s struggles in “House of Boxes” and “Don’t You Think.” Agnew does it all with a guy-next-door sort of charm that doesn’t disguise his unshakable commitment to Christ.

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About Todd Agnew

Praise & worship singer and songwriter Todd Agnew was born March 15, 1971, in Dallas, TX. With a kind of indie rock approach, pop-oriented style, and unique voice (which at times takes some getting used to), Agnew's spiritually directed songs aren't quite like anything else in the contemporary Christian market. Basing himself in Memphis, TN, and working through Ardent Records, he has released several albums with the label, including Grace Like Rain (2003); Reflection of Something (2005); his ambitious retelling of the Christmas story, Do You See What I See? (2006); and Better Questions (2007). Agnew relocated back to Texas in 2008. ~ Steve Leggett

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