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Top of My Lungs

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Overview

One of the most enduring and prolific groups in Christian music today, Phillips, Craig and Dean resonate with the hearts of believers. PC&D has carved a unique niche in the CCM marketplace by interacting with the church. These full-time pastors are continually rewriting the rules with their global ministry and calling—by ministering to their local church bodies as well as reaching out to the church-at-large.

Details

  • SKU: 0000768401224
  • UPC: 000768401224
  • Title: Top of My Lungs
  • Qty Remaining Online: 4
  • Publisher: INO Records
  • Release Date: Sep 26, 2006
  • Format: Album
  • Media: Compact Disc
  • Music Categories: Contemporary/Pop, Praise & Worship
  • Weight lbs: 0.22
  • Dimensions: 5.00" L x 5.60" W x 0.41" H
  • Awards: 2007 Christian Retailing's Best (Finalist - Music)
    2007 Retailers' Choice (Finalist - Music)
  • Category: CONTEMPORARY
  • Subject: Christian - Contemporary
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Review

A Truly Satisfying Experience

Having racked up 18 No. 1 radio hits, surpassing two million albums sold and packing out concerts nationwide, Phillips, Craig & Dean has spawned a largely illustrious career, especially for part-timers. For Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig and Dan Dean, three full-time pastors who happen to possess golden throats, their latest offering, Top of My Lungs, serves as a fitting release. Though having recorded nearly a dozen records over the past 15 years, the threesome’s most recent worship trilogy has comprised the majority of its sales success. Musically, Top of My Lungs is equally impressive.

Copiously made up of worship tunes, the pop gem showcases the latest and greatest contributions of the modern church. Thanks to producer Nathan Nockels (Point of Grace, Downhere), a praise & worship guru all his own, the record is originally current, albeit formulaic, proving the men of PC&D (each nearing 50) and the songs of the church possess a relevant reach.

All 10 tracks hold their own in an uncharacteristically aggressive, yet sufficiently believable, set. Hosting such current favorites as Hillsong’s “One Way” and Paul Baloche’s “Your Name,” it is the Michael Neale penned “You Saved the Day” that peaks the Phillips, Craig & Dean performance. Assembling the group’s quintessential powerhouse vocals and Nockels-infused passion, the ballad of epic proportions begs a repeat listen.

Sparse piano and string accompaniment surrounds a genuinely stirring lyric in Jared Anderson’s beautifully simple “Amazed”: “You dance over me/While I am unaware/You sing all around/But I never hear the sound/Lord, I’m amazed by You.” And the bonus track—and famous hymn—“’Tis So Sweet” is especially charming, featuring its own rivaling musicians, the men’s teenage children.

Repeated lyrics, though felicitous in worship music as a genre, tend to harass songs with routine expressions, the only stumbling block to an otherwise truly satisfying disc from one of Christian music’s timeless trios.

ANDREW GREER

Review Provided by CCMmagazine.com

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