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Somewhere Down the Road
Genres: Pop, Christian
Amy Grant returns with a plethora of NEW music ! Somewhere Down The Road is a unique album full of 6 brand new songs, 2 previously unreleased songs, a new recoding of a classic song "Arms Of Love", and rounded out with 3 o... more »
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Amy Grant returns with a plethora of NEW music ! Somewhere Down The Road is a unique album full of 6 brand new songs, 2 previously unreleased songs, a new recoding of a classic song "Arms Of Love", and rounded out with 3 of her best loved story-songs. The theme for the album is stories & journeys. Amy has always been a great storyteller and many of her most impactful songs have come from her own journey as she sings about the honesty of life, it's joys and struggles, and ultimately the hope she has found in faith and love. The songs on Somewhere Down The Road read like journal entries that will resonate with anyone who grapples with wanting answers to life's toughest questions. Topics range from being honest with yourself & God (Better Than A Hallelujah), waiting for answers that come over time (Overnight), and learning to listen to people before `fixing' them (Come Into My World), resilience in the face of fear (Unafraid), walking in someone elses shoes (Third World Woman), assurance that you are not forgotten (Arms Of Love NEW RECORDING) and much more. There is something for any Amy Grant fan on Somewhere Down The Road from brand new recordings, previously unreleased studio recordings, concert favorites that have never been released, and new versions of classic Amy songs.
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Marc B. (marcb)
Reviewed on 2/6/2011...
As an Amy Grant fan, I greatly looked forward to this release, which is a combination of new recordings, B-sides, and three songs off of Amy's Behind the Eyes album. Unfortunately, the only song I like much (aside from the BTE cuts) is "Overnight," which sounds pleasantly like recent Brit-pop from someone like Cheryl Cole or the Sugababes. "Better Than a Hallelujah," the first single, is okay, but it's nothing great. I can only hope that Amy's next release will be better.
Amy Grant [Somewhere Down The Road]
Kevin R. Davis | Perkasie, PA | 03/30/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Amy Grant returns with Somewhere Down The Road, a unique album full of brand new songs, previously unreleased songs, re-recordings of classics, and rounded out with 4 of her best loved story-songs. I've been listening to Amy Grant for over 25 years as I first heard "El-Shaddai," "Thy Word" and "Tennessee Christmas" when I was in high school in 1985. Like many avid Christian music collectors, I agree that 1988's Lead Me On was one of the most influential albums in the history of Christian music. Amy truly paved the way for all female artists and today I hear her influence in some of my favorite artists including Sara Groves and Bethany Dillon, who released two of my top 10 albums of 2009. So, where does that put Amy today in 2010? That's the main question I've been asking myself as I've been thoroughly enjoying her first new album since 2003's Simple Things.
For me, the beginning of the album completely reminds me why I'm such a long-time fan of Amy's music, as first song and single "Better Than A Hallelujah" addresses the topic of being honest with yourself & God. Her vocals are still stellar and the poignant message behind this song has me hooked again, similar to Amy's classic songs "Lead Me On" and "Saved By Love," both in catchiness and transparency. Next song "Overnight" really grabbed me as Amy's vocals are complemented by her first ever duet with her 17 year old daughter Sarah Chapman. The song is about learning to wait for answers to questions and is a wonderful song with great relevance in passing down advice from mother to daughter. Having 3 young daughters myself, who all love Amy's music, this is a great new song that really moves me.
There are a few previously recorded songs including "Every Road," "Somewhere Down The Road," MercyMe's "Imagine" and a new recording of the classic "Arms Of Love." All of the songs fit seamlessly into the fabric of the overall album, which has a folk music feel and is very enjoyable. If you're looking for circa 1991's Heart In Motion type songs like "Baby Baby" or "Every Heartbeat," you won't find them here.
The rest of the album includes some other new songs, highlighted by "Unafraid," which may be my favorite overall new song as Amy sings about her own children and her mother with a great reminder that "love can make, love will make, make you unafraid." It is a gorgeous song and really sets the tone for the album. The remaining new songs include "Hard Times," "Find What You're Looking For," written for Mary Elizabeth Chapman, the grandmother of Amy's 3 oldest children and "Third World Woman." Previously unreleased "What Is The Chance of That" and "Come Into My World," which is about learning to listen to people before `fixing' them, also fit nicely into the overall theme of the album: stories & journeys. Amy has always been a great storyteller and many of her most impactful songs have come from her own journey as she sings about the honesty of life, its joys and struggles, and ultimately the hope she has found in faith and love.
I truly enjoy every song on the album, especially new recordings "Better Than A Hallelujah," "Overnight," "Unafraid" and "Come Into My World." If you were fond of Amy's 1997 recording Behind The Eyes, one of my all-time favorite albums, then you will certainly want to listen to Somewhere Down The Road. For me, the way that Amy's albums all reflect her stage in life is what continues to further establish her all-time legacy which includes over 25 million album sales, an incredible feat in any genre."
Come into her world...
Nse Ette | Lagos, Nigeria | 03/30/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of Amy Grant ever since her album "My Father's eyes" on which she showed the world that Christian music could be well produced and contemporary sounding without compromising on the message of the Gospel.
"Somewhere down the road" is a meditative largely acoustic affair, far removed from her Pop/Rock sound of albums like "Unguarded", "Lead me on" or "Heart in motion", and comprising new songs, a few old ones re-worked, and an unreleased track (the beautiful "Come into my world" in which she invites us into her normal and cluttered life if we are brave enough, accompanied by guitar only).
Her dusky voice is as rich and great sounding as ever, as the re-worked "Arms of love" (with fuller instrumentation and harmonies here) shows when compared to the original from 1982's "Age to age".
"Overnight" finds her trading verses with her 17 year old daughter Sarah Chapman, while she sings of resilience on "Hard times" (as hard times come to everyone), while "What is the chance of that" is a gritty Rocker. These songs remind me of songs from "Behind the eyes".
Other standouts are the tender titletrack (originally on "Behind the eyes"), the Blues-tinged "Third world woman" (in which she imagines what it would be like be one, backed by some great guitar work; this is my favourite song), "Find what you're looking for" (with lovely quivery guitars, in which she tells us "there's so much good in the worst of us, so much bad in the best of us" so it doesn't make sense for any of us to criticize the rest of us), and the beautiful cover of MercyMe's "I can only imagine" done here as "Imagine" (with a few stanzas changed) as a medley with "Sing the wondrous love of Jesus". This medley appeared on her beautiful collection of hymns "Legacy... Hymns and Faith".
The album cover is designed to look like a photo album with a painting on the cover done by Amy. This is an intimate and heartfelt collection that uplifts."