Listen to the new remix album from August Burns Red!
Listen to the new remix album from August Burns Red!

JFH Staff Review


Shawn McDonald, Brave
CLICK COVER TO ENLARGE

Shawn McDonald
Brave



Artist Info: Discography
Genre(s): Dance / Pop / Soul
Album length: 11 tracks: 39 minutes, 47 seconds
Street Date: April 15, 2014


Not many artists today can claim to fit into multiple musical genres like alternative, folk, pop, and soul while still contributing solid music with an artistry worthy to be heard by almost anyone. Well, Shawn McDonald is one such rare talent and he is back at it again with his sixth full-length album, the aptly titled Brave.

The title track starts off this album and listeners are quickly thrown into a blend of upbeat dance style pop tunes with the idea of being brave on the forefront. Lyrics like "we're not defined by the fall, keep pressing through these walls" give good reason to listen and enjoy this finger snapping tune. "End Of The Day" follows, slowing the album down, a pattern that will occur throughout most of the listen: upbeat track to chill mode track. Shawn sings "never stop fighting, never stop dreaming, never stop giving, never stop speaking" while painting a picture of what kind of legacy he wants to leave on this world in another solid song. The next few selections are standard fare and easily enjoyable. The only songs that lacked a bit were "Worlds Apart" and "Through It All," with the former being too simplistic and the latter too repetitive in its verses. Other standout tracks, however, are "Learning How To Lose" and "Flower In The Snow," both containing great musical elements combined with stellar and moving lyrical content. Ending the 11-track album is "Your Love Is Saving Me," a quickly-paced song that carries a chorus worthy to be played in clubs and is overall a great track about God's love.

If you're already a fan of this veteran musician, then you certainly will enjoy Brave. While this may not be McDonald's most multi-faceted work to date, the music is diverse enough to catch listeners' ears, and though it's not the deepest album lyrically, the content is positively focused. Brave arrives just in time to help warm things up this spring.

- Review date: 4/7/14, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: Sparrow Records
. Album length: 11 tracks: 39 minutes, 47 seconds
. Street Date: April 15, 2014
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: AmazonMP3
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. We Are Brave (3:42)
  2. End Of The Day (3:39)
  3. I Can't Imagine (3:48)
  4. Firefly (3:32)
  5. Hope Is Right Here (3:04)
  6. Learning How To Lose (3:30)
  7. Worlds Apart (3:35)
  8. Flower In The Snow (3:56)
  9. Through It All (3:25)
  10. Compass (4:03)
  11. Your Love Is Saving Me (3:37)
spacer Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics

 

Leave a Comment

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

Music News Headlines


.Sibling Trio Scarlet Fade Releases New Music Video Today
  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:25:00 EST
.Switch Holds #1 Spot for 8 Straight Weeks
  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:25:00 EST
.Lauren Talley Stirs Wonder and Awe of God with Two New Albums
  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:15:00 EST
.DRAUCKER Makes Sibling Rivalry Rock with Debut EP
  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:10:00 EST
.Skillet Announces Co-Headlining Victorious Sky Tour with Alter Bridge
  Mon, 24 Jun 2019 12:30:00 EST
.MARK209 Releases New Music Video
  Sun, 23 Jun 2019 15:10:00 EST

.CLICK HERE for all of the News!

           
Listen to the new remix album from August Burns Red!

Search JFH



Music Out This Week

This Friday, June 28
For All Seasons Life In Your Love - Single [Centricity]
Mark Lee Your Love Will Find Me - Single (independent)


Next Friday, July 5
**No known releases**


For all release dates, click here!
 


New Music Reviews


Listen to the new album from Adam Watts!

New Indie Reviews


New Movie Reviews


Free MP3 Downloads