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Top of My Lungs

Phillips, Craig & Dean

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Album Review

Christian pop music carries with it twin dangers, and each is kind of a mirror image of the other: one danger is the risk of falling into saccharine sweetness; the other is the risk of treating sacred things in a casual, flip manner. For both of those reasons, pop songs about sin and redemption tend to succeed best when they focus on the sinner rather than the Savior — in a pop context, you kind of have to sing about Christ in general terms so as not to sound disrespectful, whereas you can sing about yourself in the kind of gritty detail that tends to make a song compelling. So how do Phillips, Craig & Dean walk that particular tightrope? Pretty well, which shouldn't be a surprise, since they've now been doing it for about 16 years. On Top of My Lungs their sound is based in sturdy folk-rock, and when it fails sonically it's usually because producer Nathan Nockels couldn't resist throwing in that dang string section where it doesn't belong (most egregiously on the slightly syrupy title track and the equally over-sweet "Saved the Day"). When it fails lyrically it's because they sound too offhanded about their Lord ("That's My Lord"). Not surprisingly, they succeed best when they rock out about the path of salvation ("One Way") and about their own religious commitment ("For Your Glory"). Overall, not bad at all.

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SAVED THE DAY

great song. i must confess that josh hamilton motivated me to check out this song. for those that dont know his tremendous story (i cant imagine who), he came back from years of hardcore addiction to finally reach his potential as a MLB right fielder (he was former #1 overall pick). this is the song that plays throughout the stadium as he comes to the batters box. best part is that he gives all praises to his (and mine, and yours) Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

They have found their true niche.

I have enjoyed PCD for their entire professional careers. However, I think over the past few years, they have found the niche where they will stay. They are all worship leaders in their respective churches, so it only seems natural that worship music is where they would gravitate. There are not tighter harmonies in the music industry. One guy will sing the lead on one verse, then another will sing the second. It is difficult to tell that they even switched. If you want heart-felt lyrics with outstanding harmonies, you will have a hard time beating this album. I feel closer to God every time I listen to it.

Never a disappointment!

You can't go wrong with these guys if you love gorgeous harmony, anthemic worship songs, and upbeat praise. This album is no exception. They just keep getting better!

Biography

Formed: 1991

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Phillips, Craig & Dean first appeared in 1992, when the trio's self-titled debut introduced a blend of Christian ministry, vocal harmony, and contemporary pop/rock songwriting. From the start, the group wielded a good deal of influence in the sacred community, earning nominations at the yearly Dove Awards and routinely dominating the charts on CCM radio. Albums like Trust, Lifeline, Where Strength Begins, and Restoration maintained such...
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