Music | Album Review: “Holy Roar” by Chris Tomlin

I Pre-Ordered “Holy Roar” by Chris Tomlin as soon as “Nobody Loves Me Like You” was realeased and trust me it did not disappoint. I am so moved and can feel the Holy Spirit’s presence through this album. I don’t even want to doubt if that is even possible.

This album is perfect for driving around in your car, in church, or just your leisure listening. For this Album Review I picked my favorite songs to discuss although I enjoyed the full album.

There really isn’t a bad song on it. I can listen to it straight through over and over, but for the case of time I picked the ones that stuck out to me the most. I have linked the songs below for you to listen to each of them and I hope you enjoy:

Holy Roar

Not only the title of the album, “Holy Roar” also kicks off the album letting the Lord know that he is worthy of all the praise. The message to this song is a great depiction of worship and reminding the listener to give God all the praise.

Listening to the lyrics I just get this sense of being with fellow Saints in fellowship just praising God by song and lifting my hands up to my Savior. “Here to give you God what you are worth of; a Holy roar, reaching for heaven, our praise poured out with a reackless abandon, I worship God is Holy Yours; We are Holy Yours.”

Nobody Loves Me Like You

This one is a self explanatory favorite. If you haven’t listened to “Nobody Loves Me Like You” I highly suggest you do. This beautiful tune is just acknowledging all that Jesus has done for us and at times we may feel that this world is going to conqueor us Jesus prevails and will allow us to be able to do all things through him. No one, nor depth or height can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ.

I believe this song is a good depiction of that. NO ONE is going to love you in the way Jesus loves you; it can’t be matched. Tomlin ends by singing “I”m a child of God; Nobody loves me like you.”

Resurrection Power

This is my all time favorite song on the album, and for good reason too. Tomlin starts off by singing “You called me from the grave by name” that right there just gives me chills that I can’t explain. Knowing that the Lord knows you by name and loved you so much that he died on the cross for your sins just gets me every time.

“You have given us freedom,” sings Tomlin repeatedly for the listener to really just let all of this since in and marinate on the fact that God is the one who will free you from the burdens and chains of the world. It’s nobody else, but Jesus Christ.

This song reminds me personally of Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” no matter what trials I may face, no matter what naysayers will say, no matter if I feel my burdens are too heavy to bare, he will always be there and give me “Ressurection Power” to face it all and be more than a conqueor.

Satisfied

“I count my blessings one by one. Your goodness in my life. How could I ask for more. In You, I’m sastisfied;” is a catchy, upbeat tune of gratefulness. I think it is easy to forget to just be content with what God has given us and that we won’t find contentment in materials or people they always are successful in disappointing us.

The good news is we can find our peace in Christ no matter what we feel we have lost or gained . We can count on him to supply our needs whatever those shall be to us that we can’t get anywhere else. “Nothing else, nothing else, nothing else will satisfy. No on else, no one else, no one else will every satisfy.”

I feel that “Satisfied” shows ways gratefulness can look like and be perfectly.

I Stand in Awe (Featuring Nicole Serrano)

Nicole Serrano is featured in “I Stand in Awe” and starts this melodic tune so beautifully and you can feel the warmth and truth in her voice as she sings the lyrics “When I consider what You have made. The mighty oceans, the fiery stars. The fields and forests give You praise My Lord, My God. I stand in awe. I stand in awe. I stand in awe of You.” I love the lyrics to this and there couldn’t be better voices singing it. Sometimes you have to take in nature and just see all that God can do and reflect. It is dumbfounding. Just to think of how we take for granted of him dying for our sins and creating this beautiful Earth we live on. It makes me sad, but also hopeful and so grateful. It’s hard to stay with a dry eye to this song for sure.

Verdict: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Overall, this album was crafted with such grace and poise. I will be listening to “Holy Roar” for many days and years to come. Chris Tomlin did a great job with each and every song although I only shared a few. You can tell by the lyrics that much thought went into every word and for that I give this 5 stars.

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Music | That Song Reminds Me: College

So I roughly finished college in 3 1/2 years so I had to jam pack some songs together. Just like my High School post, these songs bring back so many memories and take me back to college every time I hear them. It’s like I’m experiencing the good, bad and ugly of it all over again. I can’t explain too well why, but just know that they do:

Freshman (2013 – 2014)

Power Trip – J. Cole

Sophomore (2014 -2015)

Smartphones – Trey Songz

Junior (2015 – 2016)

Woke the F*ck Up – Jon Bellion

Senior (December 2016)

Formation – Beyonce

Music | Album Review: “Crying Pretty” by Carrie Underwood

“Crying Pretty” is the sixth studio album by the American Idol sensation, Carrie Underwood. Honestly, Carrie is such a great artist that I forget she was discovered through American Idol majority of the time.

Her way with words and the beats to her music will be forever my favorites, and it shows on this album too. She has to be on my top five artists I love, and would want to see in concert. Which matter of fact, I may have to get the tickets to her tour “Crying Pretty” that starts on May 2019.

Anyway, Let’s get into the review:

A lot of people say this is a political statement kind of album, but I would hae to disagree completely. Those individuals may just be focusing on her two master pieces, “The Bullet” and “Love Wins”. This is great and all, but if you’re only focusing on those two out of thirteen you miss the complete message, and feel of the album. To me this album is all about mourning a loss; hints Crying Pretty. 

This loss could be yourself, a loved one, someone close, a job or really anything. It’s all about how you connect with the music. I will say this though, she doesn’t stay in the funk! I say this because she includes her songs, “Kingdom,” a sweet, I love my life song, and “The Champion” which is full of self-empowerment.

That’s what I love about Carrie, she is truly dyamic and stays on theme. Overall, I could listen to this album over and over again, and not get tired of it. Below you will see my favorite songs on the album plus the two most contraversial that everyone is talking about, so you can see for yourself:

Verdict:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Crying Pretty

That Song That We Used To Make Love To

Drinking Alone

The Bullet

Love Wins

The Champion

Kingdom

Backsliding

Music | That Song Reminds Me: High School

By reading the title, you can probably guess this post is about songs that remind me of my high school experience. I’ve picked the top song that comes to mind for each year. They all bring back good and bad memories from those times and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Some of you will know why and some of you won’t but that’s okay; just listen and enjoy:

9th Grade

Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

10th Grade

Alone – Trey Songz

11th Grade

Fire Bomb – Rihanna

12th Grade

Started from the Bottom – Drake

Music | Album Review: “Ella Mai” by Ella Mai

For the past year, I have been loving Ella Mai’s music. More specifically, her “Ready” album featuring the hit “Boo’d Up” that also makes a debut on her current album, “Ella Mai.” A little more about the artist is that she is from England who is taking the United States by Storm with her catchy, upbeat music about love that anyone can relate to. She also knows how to switch it up, and slow things down at the same time with her enticing love music giving that classic Rhythm and Blues feel. This review is going to talk about the most popular songs she has on the album, per Apple music, and then I’ll discuss my personal favorite. So let’s get to it:

Good Bad

“Good Bad” is so catchy and carefree. I love it! The music kind of reminds me of “Beautiful Liar” by Beyonce and Shakira the way it starts with these snake pipe sounding instrumentals. We’ve all had some good bad behavior every now and then. This song goes into how her lover sometimes takes on whatever emotions she has that day, when it may not even be about them. She even talks about how their response is, and it is pretty realistic to some people’s responses that I’ve heard. I think that’s what makes it such a hit because everyone can put a mirror up, and be like that has or is me. Also, she is real about it giving her reassurance that she has their attention. Now I wouldn’t recommend to constantly wake up with an attitude to get attention, but I will recommend dancing the night away to it.

Whatchamacallit (Featuring Chris Brown)

“Whatchamacallit” is based on a forbidden romance, which you guys know is a guilty pleasure of mine to write about so I can see why this song is so popular, and right up my alley. For this song, I can already see the hip-hop dances coming out to it, and has a fast enough beat to play at a club, but easy to listen to with the windows down and hair flying all around. I can’t wait until she and Chris Brown perform this song together or at least I hope they do; that man can dance his behind off. Anyway, if you’re on the prudish side you may not care for what they’re talking about and that’s fine, but you must admit the beat is striking and you’ll definitely find yourself bobbing your head. It kind of reminds me of “Loyal” by Chris Brown like they took some of the music and reworked the notes or something. Maybe that’s just me; who knows.

Shot Clock

“Shot Clock” is basically a song about being a catch and the person not realizing her worth; I feel most of us can agree we’ve been in this place at least once in our lives. It’s unfortunate, but at least she was able to flip it into a hit. I also like how she ends this song with her doing what I call poetry, but someone else may see it as her just talking to transition to the next track. Either way, I like the way it ends although this isn’t one of my most favorite songs on the album. However, I do have an appreciation for it.

Gut Feeling (Featuring H.E.R.)

“Gut Feeling” is one of those songs I personally know all too well. When you feel your love interest at the time is starting to pull away, and maybe has found someone else. It definitely sucks, but again that is no challenge for Ella Mai. She is able to turn any of the negative events of love into a smash. Again she ends it with her talking which is always a nice transition. I think I’m noticing a trend in which ones she chooses to do some sort of poem or talking at the end of. Bare with me here, it seems like the songs that could get you to a “Drake and Drive” state of mind are the ones she does them for, and then she’ll follow it up with a lighthearted, bring the confidence back type of jam. Let me know if you see this pattern too; if you’ve listened to the album.

Trip

“Trip” actually is the follow-up song to “Gut Feeling” featuring H.E.R.; “Trip” talks about how basically she is “tripping” over this person’s love, and the type of person they are in a good way. It’s evident that she really cares about this person from the start to the end, and wants to make sure she is really careful with how she deals with them. The beat is pretty cool, laid back and easy to listen to while in the car solo or with whomever. It’s a sweet, little love song I can appreciate, and I feel this one is pretty relatable too.

Paige’s Personal Favorite: Naked

Now “Naked” isn’t at all what you would think. It’s not some overly sexual, sex goddess kind of song it is more pure, real and what I think a lot of people want, or at least what I want. That is a true love song for someone to see her for who she is and still sticks around no matter what. She goes into describing her flaws, how other people perceive her, and then is honest and tells what she wants in the partner, to whom she asks if they can be that person to love her “naked.” This song really hit home for me more than it probably should, but I’m glad it did and I love it. So if you haven’t listened to it, you definitely should. I also want to mention that the instrumentals are so calming and smooth. The guitar is the main instrument and you’ll hear the drum accompaniment very lightly in the background keeping the beat. It’s just greatness I tell you from the lyrics to the instrumentals! My Honorable mentions Are: “Dangerous,” “Everything” (Featuring John Legend), and “Boo’d Up”

Album Verdict (1 worst – 5 best): ★ ★ ★ ★

 

Reflection | Weekly Inspiration (Week of 9-23-18)

Hey there! Didn’t think I’ld let the day go by without posting did you? Below you’ll find some audiobooks and songs that have just been speaking to me and of course are all Christian based (Praise Jesus!). I feel a special connection to what is being said in each one and I hope you do to or maybe you won’t and that’s okay. I just felt that since these songs and books have been helping me I would go ahead and share. So please give them a listen to if you can and give me your feedback! I would love to hear it 🙂

1. Praise Him In Advance – Marvin Sapp

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2. Girl Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis (Audiobook)

(Review coming soon!)

3. More Than A Conqueror – Marvin Sapp

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4. Boundaries – Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Boundaries, Large Print Edition - By: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend

5. Resurrection Power – Chris Tomlin

Holy Roar

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