12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian rapper Manafest (a.k.a. Chris Greenwood) confronts his fallen nature with a fearlessness that inspires something close to awe. Since his 2001 debut, he’s refined some of his more abrasive edges and turned up the melodic quotient of his tracks. Still, his essential instinct for truthful testimony hasn’t left him, as The Moment makes clear. Manafest has always spoken to the confusions and temptations of youth; though older and arguably wiser, he continues to display the urgency of a kid taking on a sinful world. “The Edge of My Life,” “Cage,” and “My Way” are empowering anthems that draw strength from the Savior. “Bull in a China Shop” conflates fast driving, loud sounds, and upfront faith into a hard-rocking whole. The Moment's emphasis on tuneful pop matches the outward reach of the lyrics. The born-again joy of “Love Wide Open” and the spiritual affirmation of “Diamonds” (featuring guest vocals by Thousand Foot Krutch’s Trevor McNevan) are bursts of welcome positive energy. “Don’t wanna be counted with the cowards,” Manafest declares in “Criminal.” Not to worry; The Moment finds him as valiant as ever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian rapper Manafest (a.k.a. Chris Greenwood) confronts his fallen nature with a fearlessness that inspires something close to awe. Since his 2001 debut, he’s refined some of his more abrasive edges and turned up the melodic quotient of his tracks. Still, his essential instinct for truthful testimony hasn’t left him, as The Moment makes clear. Manafest has always spoken to the confusions and temptations of youth; though older and arguably wiser, he continues to display the urgency of a kid taking on a sinful world. “The Edge of My Life,” “Cage,” and “My Way” are empowering anthems that draw strength from the Savior. “Bull in a China Shop” conflates fast driving, loud sounds, and upfront faith into a hard-rocking whole. The Moment's emphasis on tuneful pop matches the outward reach of the lyrics. The born-again joy of “Love Wide Open” and the spiritual affirmation of “Diamonds” (featuring guest vocals by Thousand Foot Krutch’s Trevor McNevan) are bursts of welcome positive energy. “Don’t wanna be counted with the cowards,” Manafest declares in “Criminal.” Not to worry; The Moment finds him as valiant as ever.

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