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Album Review

Christian rock group Rush of Fools capitalized on the success of their self-titled 2007 first album by quickly putting out a second album, Wonder of the World, in 2008. They have spent three years crafting their third, We Once Were, during which time guitarist/keyboard player J.D. Frazier was replaced by Jacob Blount. The group's musical approach hasn't changed in the interim, however. They still write and record charging, anthem-like rock songs dominated by ringing guitars and emotive vocals. And their lyrics still take an overwrought, somewhat insecure viewpoint, redeemed, of course, by faith. "Never thought I'd amount to anything," sings Jacob Chesnut in the first single, "Grace Found Me." In "Won't Say Goodbye," he confesses that he "doubted what I said I believed in," and "The Wrong Things" has a chorus that goes, "I'm in love with the wrong things." It may be risky for a band from Alabama to write a song called "A Civil War," but in that song Rush of Fools acknowledge that "Surrender is such a hard pill to swallow" and declare, somewhat tautologically, that "It's time to fight for...what's worth fighting for." Christians will understand what they mean, however. What's worth fighting for, of course, is salvation, and the band engages in that fight throughout. It doesn't hurt that, like any bunch of pop musicians, they understand the importance of a hook that goes "Whoah-oh-oh-oh," one they use to their advantage in "You're the Medicine." Still, these guys remain on the melancholy side, finally mustering up their conviction at the end on "Inside and Outside" to use a small choir repeating "I'm not over, I'm not finished yet/I've got a ways to go/I'll be all right." Thankfully, the music is more heroic than the words.

Customer Reviews

Not Real Happy! Real Disappointed!!!!

I've got to say I am really disappointed with this new cd. I always felt the spirit in Rush of fools songs and I am probably their biggest fan. I could not wait for this album to come out and really liked the single grace Found Me but when the cd was released I downloaded it just figuring it to be great like the past cd's and I really feel like the spirit in it is gone! I feel like they are trying to be more rock than spirit filled praise. I can not worship god to most of this! Dont know how anyone can! I am so sorry guys for the bad review but I feel like you are trying to be somone that you aren't. Don't feel the Spirit in this cd! Very bummed!!!!!!

A great addition to your music library.

This album is, in one word, incredible. If you love Christian Rock/Contemporary Christian Music, it is a must buy. I think it's the best album yet by Rush of Fools, and will be one of my favorite albums ever. (It's one of the very few albums with a five-star average in my library.) Every song is one you can listen to over and over. Usually when I buy an album, there are two or three songs that I don't really like, two or three that I really DO like, and the rest are so-so, but on this album every song is four-stars and upward. Great job, Rush of Fools!




Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

It's the kind of story that most bands dream will happen to them: small band from medium-sized city goes to bigger city battle of the bands, ends up winning, gets record contract, and the first single is a hit. This was pretty much what happened to Christian rock outfit Rush of Fools in 2006-2007. Formed in Birmingham, AL, the band traveled without expectation to Nashville to compete in a Christian rock competition called "Band with a Mission." Needless to say, the band won and scored a recording...
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