11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A fulfillment of the promise shown on earlier small-label projects, the band sounds on top of their game here, reveling in brash power-pop on the upbeat tunes and embracing a shimmering, classically-tinged feel on the ballads. Front and center is singer Jenny Simmons, who matches indie-rock spunk with impressive vocal command. (Think Fireflight’s Dawn Richardson crossed with Margaret Becker.) Her ebullience makes tracks like “This Could Be Our Day,” “All That Matters,” and “Sticking with You” sparkle, with able support provided by Ryan Simmons’ chunky yet deft guitar lines and Jeff Sutton’s kit-punishing drum work. The band executes a funky strut on “It Just Takes One” and slides effortlessly from acoustic pop into a propulsive dance groove on “Always Love.” The album’s slower numbers display both lyric depth (particularly the contemplative pop hymn “What Do I Know of Holy”) and elegant sonic texturing, and Chris Stevens’ boldly-delineated production heightens the impact of the tracks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A fulfillment of the promise shown on earlier small-label projects, the band sounds on top of their game here, reveling in brash power-pop on the upbeat tunes and embracing a shimmering, classically-tinged feel on the ballads. Front and center is singer Jenny Simmons, who matches indie-rock spunk with impressive vocal command. (Think Fireflight’s Dawn Richardson crossed with Margaret Becker.) Her ebullience makes tracks like “This Could Be Our Day,” “All That Matters,” and “Sticking with You” sparkle, with able support provided by Ryan Simmons’ chunky yet deft guitar lines and Jeff Sutton’s kit-punishing drum work. The band executes a funky strut on “It Just Takes One” and slides effortlessly from acoustic pop into a propulsive dance groove on “Always Love.” The album’s slower numbers display both lyric depth (particularly the contemplative pop hymn “What Do I Know of Holy”) and elegant sonic texturing, and Chris Stevens’ boldly-delineated production heightens the impact of the tracks.

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About Addison Road

Addison Road's combination of alternative pop/rock and Christian sensibilities took root in 2001, when Baylor University students Jenny Chisolm and Ryan Simmons (who later married) were approached with a lucrative offer to play a youth group event. Although the two did not have a band, they quickly assembled a lineup comprised of bassist Travis Lawrence, drummer Jeff Sutton, and guitarist Ryan Gregg. The gig was successful, and Addison Road continued onward as a quintet, relocating to Dallas after graduation to hone their songwriting skills and lead worship at a local church. With Jenny Simmons' vocals at the forefront, the band toured relentlessly and released three independent recordings (Always Loved You, Breaking Beautifully, and Some Kind of Spark) before signing with the Christian label INO Records in 2007. Their self-titled debut for INO arrived the following March, buoyed by the success of "All That Matters" on the country's Christian charts. A second album, Stories, followed in 2010. ~ Andrew Leahey

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