Okay, I'll admit it.
I'm not really a hard rocker.
Didn't really care for hard rock, acid rock, or screaming rock music when I was in high school.
When I attended a small, private Christian college for four years, not much changed in the music department for me. I like most kinds of music, but I wasn't really into the screaming kinds of Christian rock back then.
And I'm still not.
So why would I choose to do a review on a hard rock Christian band?
If I'm truthful, I guess I'd have to admit to you that I was just plain curious.
What would this music be like?
Would my 11- and 13-year-old daughters like it?
The CD arrived in the mail, and the information I received said that These Hearts have a sound that is very similar to Hawthorne Heights, Taking Back Sunday, A Day to Remember, Chiodos, and Underoath.
I've never heard of these bands. So much for keeping up with what's cool in the Christian music world!
I put in the CD after lunch that afternoon. I couldn't wait - I was too curious!
Well, it was loud, and different than what I'm used to listening to. My dad would call it "noise" instead of "music."
We actually listened to the entire CD. It would have been nice to have had a lyrics sheet to view while listening, because there were many parts where I literally couldn't understand the words due to the screaming that was going on.
But much to my parents' disappointment, I'm sure, I'd have to say that I didn't really mind the song that you'll see below in the YouTube video. I'm not really into the screaming portions, but the tune was catchy, and I didn't mind that.
If you are curious, like me, you'll have to listen, below, to this song on the video. It wasn't filled with "noise" as much as I thought it would be. Sorry, Dad. I know I'm a disappointment to you! :)
After listening to the entire CD, though, there had been so much screaming that I felt like the music didn't actually come through many of the songs. And to be truthful, it almost made my throat hurt and feel scratchy because I was sympathetic toward whoever was doing all that screaming on the CD! I finally suggested to my girls that maybe they recorded some of the screaming and just repeated a recording of it when wanted. I can't imagine someone screaming that much in a recording studio and not needing a throat transplant afterward!
I asked the girls what they thought about it, and they weren't overly impressed. They're not used to that kind of music, and sometimes they don't even like some of my old Petra CDs because the rock is "too hard" for them. That's okay.
You can check out These Hearts' Facebook page, and learn more about them here.
While I don't know that I would go out and buy copies of this CD for my daughters' friends for their birthdays, I'd say that if you enjoy hard rock and would like to listen to Christian hard rock, this would probably be right up your alley.
For now, though, my family will stick to some milder forms of Christian pop and rock...and Beethoven and Bach and the Transformers movie themes. Those seem to be far more popular around our home these days!
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
7/7/2011 12:42:25 am
Ha, ha...I didn't seriously think you'd include Transformers in your review!I guess my obsession is more obvious to family members than I thought. LOL.
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