12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Aaron Shust's firm, slightly croaky vocal manner is tempered by humility, while his songwriting expresses reverence in universal yet personal terms. Shust knows his strengths and avoids playing against them, and his third album Take Over mostly remains within atmospheric midtempo pop/rock terrain. The title track and “Rest In the Arms” work especially well in this mode, expressing a sense of spiritual rescue with a mixture of tenderness and awe. Largely avoiding bombast, Shust embraces tasteful sonic simplicity on piano-centered tracks like “Breathe In Me” and acoustic guitar-based tunes like “Carry Me Home.” Adding a homespun touch is “Ever After,” a wry number that dispels illusions as it reaffirms God’s majesty. Ian Eskelin, Jason Ingram, and Brandon Heath are among the noteworthy Christian songwriters who contributed to the album’s tunes. Ultimately, the album rises or falls upon Shust’s presence as a singer and his ability to make his faith seem alive and vital. By that standard, Take Over is a solid success.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Aaron Shust's firm, slightly croaky vocal manner is tempered by humility, while his songwriting expresses reverence in universal yet personal terms. Shust knows his strengths and avoids playing against them, and his third album Take Over mostly remains within atmospheric midtempo pop/rock terrain. The title track and “Rest In the Arms” work especially well in this mode, expressing a sense of spiritual rescue with a mixture of tenderness and awe. Largely avoiding bombast, Shust embraces tasteful sonic simplicity on piano-centered tracks like “Breathe In Me” and acoustic guitar-based tunes like “Carry Me Home.” Adding a homespun touch is “Ever After,” a wry number that dispels illusions as it reaffirms God’s majesty. Ian Eskelin, Jason Ingram, and Brandon Heath are among the noteworthy Christian songwriters who contributed to the album’s tunes. Ultimately, the album rises or falls upon Shust’s presence as a singer and his ability to make his faith seem alive and vital. By that standard, Take Over is a solid success.

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About Aaron Shust

A contemporary Christian singer and songwriter, Aaron Shust grew up in Pennsylvania but became a true musician in Georgia, where he studied music theory. His first album, Anything Worth Saying, was recorded in 2004, which landed him a deal with the Brash Music label soon thereafter. The album would end up becoming the fifth best-selling praise & worship record in 2006, and produced a genre radio hit with the single "My Savior My God." The song would go on to hit the top spot on a number of charts, eventually scoring Shust a Dove Award for Best Song. His second album, Whispered and Shouted, was released in the summer of 2007 to impressive sales, and featured the hit single "Give Me Words to Speak." Released in 2009, the full-length Take Over was followed by the Christmas EP, and 2011's This Is What We Believe included the number one hit "My Hope Is in You." In 2013 Shust released his fifth studio long-player, the Ed Cash-produced Morning Rises, and in 2014 he issued his first full-length holiday outing, Unto Us. Doxology arrived in 2015, followed in 2017 by Love Made a Way. ~ Chris True

HOMETOWN
Chicago, IL
BORN
October 31, 1975

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