Some may say "Here we go again," but it is indeed that time again-- time for another female pop/rock act to come charging from the starting line into the musical races for a fighting chance alongside their many predecessors. After all, within the past few years, the Christian music scene has had a healthy dose of young women championing their cause to a song. So who has the honor of gracing the Christian music scene this time? Fervent Records newest signee, Cadia.
The young women of Cadia, longtime friends Courtney and Tori, already have earned a strong start to their career. Their song "Inside Out" was chosen as the official theme song and video for the Women of Faith "Resolve Tour." In fact, encouraging women of all ages seems to be the goal of their music. The eleven tracks on Cadia's self-titled debut are all focused on trusting God, living passionately, and persevering through hard times.
After listening to just the first couple of songs from Cadia's disc, it's pretty easy to get an accurate feel for where the album is headed. The entire collection of songs falls comfortably into a pop/worship genre with a slight edge. It feels as if the girls of Cadia want to let loose and rock at some point but it never happens. Even more frustrating is that most of the eleven songs sound so similar that it can be difficult differentiating the songs from one another.
All troublesome elements aside, Cadia's debut release is overall solid even if it is average and feels a bit redundant. "Trust in Me Now," "Shadowfeet," and "Safe Place to Fall" all are nicely yet simply composed bearing a strong resemblance to today's popular worship music. Both "Jesus" and "Radiate" are slightly more upbeat than the rest of the album and would service Christian radio well. Closing track "Inside Out" gets off to a great, rocking start but loses momentum before the song is halfway finished. Cadia even covers Martina McBride's popular tune "This One's for the Girls." Though it was undoubtedly intended to be an encouragement to young women, this song lacks the spark and excitement to justify its place on this record. However, most of the songs are beautifully laced with acoustic guitars and gentle pianos as well as the girls' gorgeous harmonies, which help compensate for some otherwise lackluster content.
The ladies of Cadia have a strong, positive, and worthwhile message. It's simply the delivery of that message that leaves much to be desired. Courtney and Tori have a solid start with plenty of room for growth.- Review date: 2/24/08, written by Lauren Summerford
Record Label: Fervent Records
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