Breathe In

Breathe In

by Craig & Dean Phillips


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Coldplay may not be known for their spirituality, but it's difficult to think of another band who've influenced the contemporary Christian rock scene more. Phillips, Craig & Dean may have released their first album when Chris Martin and co. were still in high school, but their twelfth studio album, Breathe In, continues the genre's current obsession with chiming guitar arpeggios, anthemic stadium rock choruses, and epic pounding rhythms on ten tracks, most of which sound like a slightly diluted version of Parachutes or A Rush of Blood to the Head. It's a formula which has previously reaped rewards, judging by the Dove Award-winning success of 2009 predecessor Fearless, but it's also one which now seems to be running out of mileage. The suitably rousing opener, "Great and Glorious," the inspirational singalong of lead single "When the Stars Burn Down, and the hymnal-like rock of "Great I Am" burst out of the block with an emphatic production from Bernie Herms (Casting Crowns) and regular collaborator Nathan Nockels that nearly matches the euphoria of its lyrics. But unfortunately, the record never comes close to reaching the same heights as Fearless, as it coasts along with a series of generic, piano-led ballads ("Tell Your Heart to Beat Again," "All Is Well") and unremarkable midtempo songs ("I Choose to Believe," "Great Great God"), with only the country-tinged Rascal Flatts-esque "These Bones" opting to lead Phillips, Craig & Dean's signature harmonies in a different direction. Fans of polished indie rock worship music will no doubt feel uplifted by Breathe In's first half, but a plodding and derivative second suggests the trio have now milked the Coldplay cow dry.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2012
Label: Fair Trade Services
UPC: 0736211601995
catalogNumber: 16019
Rank: 122912

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Craig & Dean Phillips   Primary Artist
Mike Payne   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dan Needham   Drums
Bernie Herms   Piano,Keyboards
Andy Selby   Keyboards
Matt Stanfield   Keyboards
Stu Garrard   Guitar
Trevor Morgan   Acoustic Guitar
Nathan Nockels   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Tony Lucido   Bass
Jacob Arnold   Drums
Jason Hoard   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joeie Canaday   Bass
Adam Lester   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter King   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Mark Stevens   Composer
David Moore   Composer
Bernie Herms   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Engineer
Jared Anderson   Composer
Andy Selby   Programming
Matt Stanfield   Programming
Nathan Nockels   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Shawn Craig   Composer
Tony Wood   Composer
Matthew West   Composer
Kyle Lee   Composer
Ben Phillips   Engineer
Jonathan James   Composer
Matt Hooper   Composer
Jennie Lee Riddle   Composer
Don Poythress   Composer
Randy Phillips   Composer
Seth Mosley   Composer
Juan Otero   Composer
Philip Larue   Composer
Jared Anderson   Composer
Rachel Banta   grooming
Peter King   Programming
Dan Dean   Composer

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