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Overview

Following their critically acclaimed self titled debut, Starfield’s sophomore album is a transcendent vision of the glory of God in a broken world.

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  • SKU: 0094631157325
  • UPC: 094631157325
  • Title: Beauty in the Broken
  • Qty Remaining Online: 5
  • Publisher: Sparrow Records
  • Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Format: Album
  • Media: Compact Disc
  • Music Categories: Modern Worship, Alternative/Modern
  • Weight lbs: 0.19
  • Dimensions: 4.78" L x 5.56" W x 0.39" H
  • Category: ALTERNATIVE MUSIC
  • Subject: Christian - Modern Worship

Feature Article

for the Lord of the Starfields

While the members of Starfield are honored by the support their music receives from both the Christian press and radio, nothing affirms their artistry as deeply as hearing their songs sung in churches. And thanks to the release of their surprising new album, Beauty in the Broken (Sparrow), their compositions may be leading congregations in worship now more than ever. Perhaps it’s the fresh-faced siblings’ laid-back demeanor that creates the comfortable vibe. Or maybe it’s because the guys don’t appear the least bit bothered that this is their umpteenth interview of the day. Whatever the case, the young men are refreshingly upbeat during a time when they seem poised for a potential career breakout.

Starfield—whose name comes from the 1976 Bruce Cockburn worship song “Lord of the Starfields”—began some seven years ago as an independent outfit in Winnepeg, Manitoba. After ultimately signing with a major label (Sparrow) and releasing a critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 2004, the band relocated to Music City and completed road stints with Building 429, Todd Agnew and BarlowGirl as well as mini-tours with Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin.

“Night after night we watched Starfield capture the audience’s heart and lead them into worship,” says BarlowGirl’s guitarist/vocalist Rebecca Barlow. “We loved listening to their music—it is so uplifting, empowering, very personal and from the heart. They are a great band with a heart for God.”

Starfield’s latest endeavor, created along with bassist Shaun Huberts and drummer John Andrews, is worship-driven sophomore project Beauty in the Broken. The enduringly tuneful Brit-inflected set released last month, and it represents a tremendous artistic leap forward for Starfield.

“We strove to make a worship-oriented album that’s genuine and innovative,” 30-year-old Tim says, pushing his sandy blonde hair away from his eyes. “Our goal is to make relevant art that impacts the church.”

Indeed, the new disc reveals a biblically authentic message devoid of tired spiritual clichés, and the tracks should resonate well with those who enjoy everything from Keane to Delirious. The songs speak to what Tim describes as “the brokenness of realizing that we are all called to do something for God.” He goes on to add, “It’s not always going to mean mountaintop experiences; there are also valleys and trials involved.”

The album’s first single, “My Generation,” shares a simple, yet powerful, rally cry about every individual’s undeniable yearning for God. “Many people don’t know what their hearts ache for,” Tim explains, “so they try to cover it with things like alcohol or acceptance or intellectualism. But the heart can only be filled by a relationship with God.”

Tim’s brother John, 24, says songs like standout cut “The Hand That Holds the World” help listeners gain a greater understanding of God’s sovereignty juxtaposed with His deeply personal nature. “God has made Himself accessible to us, and that’s an amazing concept,” he insists. “The same hand that created the universe reaches out to hold ours, and the same voice that spoke the world into existence speaks directly into our hearts.”

When it comes to what the future holds for Starfield, this year the group plans to play Youth Specialties conferences, Dare 2 Share events and various summer festivals. But both brothers seem remarkably realistic about the road ahead. “In this industry, so much is dependent on album sales,” Tim says bluntly. “It’s tough to project where you are going to be at a certain time; but there are ‘big picture’ things we can hold onto, like serving the church and being people who are honest and real.”

John agrees, adding, “We’re a worship band first and a rock band second. At the end of the day, we’d rather hear our songs sung in the church than aired on the radio.”

Article Provided by CCMmagazine.com

Review

A SHOOTING STAR WORTH CATCHING

Just when you thought the worship music bins had reached full capacity, along comes another disc vying for your attention. The good news: This is one worth adding to your collection.

Hailing from Canada, but sounding heavily Brit-influenced, worship/rock quartet Starfield hits full stride with its sophomore release, Beauty in the Broken. A satisfying set from start to finish, the album channels U2 and Delirious by offering dense soundscapes anchored with ringing guitars, straight-ahead rhythms and shimmering vocals. The project is crisply produced by veterans Ed Cash (David Crowder Band, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bebo Norman) and Matt Bronleewe (Jars of Clay, Natalie Imbruglia, Michael W. Smith) and reveals a well-crafted assortment of worship-driven rock numbers. From the otherworldly arrangement of classic hymn “How Great Thou Art” to the hook-laden resonance of “The Hand That Holds the World,” Starfield takes listeners on an enduring spiritual journey toward hope, reverence and greater dependence on Christ.

When it comes to what sets this disc apart from others of similar ilk, perhaps the most notable distinction is refreshingly heady lyrics. Consider this stanza from beguiling cut “Everything Is Beautiful”: “Even when the tears are falling/I don’t need a miracle to believe/Even in the crashing down/I can hear redemption calling.”

Elsewhere, Switchfoot-esque standout “Love Is the Reversal” emits verses like “Welcome to the worldwide train wreck/ Welcome to the come undone” that will require more than a passive hearing to comprehend. In a day when worship music purveyors are as common as reality television shows, consider Starfield one to put on the “must catch” list. And while there’s nothing exceedingly innovative about the group from a sonic perspective, it’s nice that our neighbors in the Great White North managed to provide a leading light to point us heavenward.

DAVID McCREARY

Review Provided by CCMmagazine.com

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