|1. Waiting For The World To Fall - Jars Of Clay|
|2. Remembering You - Steven Curtis Chapman|
|3. Open Up Your Eyes - Jeremy Camp|
|4. Hero - Bethany Dillon|
|5. Stronger - Delirious?|
|6. Lion - Rebecca St. James|
|7. New World - Tobymac|
|8. I Will Believe - Nichole Nordeman|
|9. Turkish Delight - David Crowder Band|
|10. More Than It Seems - Kutless|
|11. You're the One - Chris Tomlin|
When I saw this CD, I had to get it. On it, a group of Christian artists have written and recorded songs inspired by the story. It's been released several months early to help peek interest in the film.
The songs are mostly good. They require knowledge of the story to fully appreciate, however. For example, Nichole Norderman's excellent summary of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy will be lost on newbies as will all of TobyMac's song.
For those who do know the story, it will be lots of fun finding the references to events in the various songs. Some, like "Turkish Delight" will be rather obvious, but Steven Curtis Chapman and Bethany Dillon hide the meaning a little more. Bethany's song, "Hero" goes the farthest in tying the book into Christianity, but Chris Tomlin does a good job of this as well.
The drawback to this album is the various styles. As you might imagine, Steven Curtis Chapman, Rebecca St. James, and TobyMac all on the same CD creates some jarring moments. This CD has something for everyone, but it also has something everyone will hate. For me, the biggest problem is Toby's hip-hop. I will never be a fan of his music no matter how hard I try. I'm much more comfortable with the light rock of Jars of Clay or the adult contemporary of Steven Curtis Chapman and Nichole Nordeman. To be honest, many of these artists have surprised me by creating songs I wouldn't normally listen to but enjoy. I especially love David Crowder*Band's "Turkish Delight" with its infection rhythm and catchy lyrics.
This is the first of what I'm sure will be many CD related to the movie, including an official soundtrack closer to the movie's release. It's fun for Christian music and Narnia fans and will get them in the mood for the movie.
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