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Album Review

The Gospel Music Association's 2005 New Artist of the Year didn't fall completely susceptible to the sophomore slump on Rise. The follow-up to their smash debut Space in Between Us walks the same line between neo-grunge and adult alternative as Lifehouse, Jeremy Camp and Kutless. Though formulaic in its approach, the album shines with earnest lyrics and gimmick-free power riffs. Rather than following in the path of Switchfoot by leaving lyrical interpretations to the listener, Jason Roy and company rely on messages that are virtually impossible to misinterpret. This makes most songs easy to digest, but it also causes the album to suffer from a lack of momentum, particularly in the middle. Their flirtations with modern rock beg for more exploration. The album starts with the promising rock anthems "Searching for a Savior" and "Fearless," the latter of which draws easy comparisons to Default. After that point, the band settles into a holding pattern of sorts, albeit one that produces a succession of alternative radio hits like "Home" and "I Belong to You." The most curious addition is their interpretation of Blessid Union of Souls' "I Believe," which takes several listens to realize its place on a rock record. Rise leaves you with the premonition that Building 429 is only a couple of fist-pumping hits away from greatness. After all, Lifehouse had the mega-hit ballad "You and Me," but what put them on the map was the toe-tapping pace of "Hanging by a Moment."

Customer Reviews

The Total Package

With less of a pop feel and more power than the last album, with lyrics that are even more heartfelt, Building 429 has just released my new favorite. My suggestion, go see them live! They are amazing performers, and will really rock the house. Jesus Reigns!

great

i am a professoinal music rater, and this album is great, they hav a great style of music, it is an awsome band, it will change u, so buy the whole album, i did and i enjoy it so much ( i am not a professional music rater, but buy it anyways, it is awsome ) it has great songs, the band is from NC and they r really nice people, seeing that the drummer is my brother, this is advice from a teenager. and its good advice, rock on B429

Great Band, Great Message, Great Rock!

I have waited eagerly this for this album to come out and it is exceptional in many ways. Building 429 has a unique talent to mix the genuine message of their music and bring it home with real rock. Many times, a band is good but the message is off, or the message is right but the music misses as rock, Building 429 does both. The message is direct, unapologetic and honest and the music is real rock start to finish. Track 1, 2 are great but my guess is that the medley will capture the ears of most people as a solid hook and radio will dig it too. RISE will probably be the best Christian Rock album of 2006, thanks for a great album and a great message.

Biography

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a name taken from Ephesians 4:29 ("Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up"), Building 429 was committed to music as much as message. Led by vocalist/guitarist Jason Roy, the band also featured bassist Scotty Beshears, guitarist Paul Bowden, and drummer Michael Anderson. In 2004 the band made an immediate impression on the CCM community, watching its debut EP, Glory Defined, and its title track single hit the top of the charts....
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