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The Altar and the Door
Genres: Pop, Christian
After two Platinum-selling albums (Casting Crowns & Lifesong), one Platinum and one Gold live project (Live from Atlanta & Lifesong Live), numerous awards, and one of the most successful headlining tours in our industry, o... more »
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After two Platinum-selling albums (Casting Crowns & Lifesong), one Platinum and one Gold live project (Live from Atlanta & Lifesong Live), numerous awards, and one of the most successful headlining tours in our industry, one might expect a different Casting Crowns. Those who meet this exceptional group, however, quickly realize they are still the same down-to-earth people with ministry at the heart of what they do both on the road, and in their local churches where each of the members serve on-staff or as laypeople, including lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall who still holds his post as youth pastor at his home church.
Casting Crowns third album, The Altar and The Door, draws on this first-hand ministry experience with real people, real life struggle and the faith that overcomes. At the altar, everything makes sense, says Hall. When we re in the church and spending time with God, we know what we re supposed to do and how to live. Everything is black and white. But somewhere between the altar and the door, when we leave and go out into our lives, it all leaks out. Everything gets gray again. It s like we have these two lives, and the Christian life is the journey between the altar and door....trying to get the things you ve got in your head, into your hands, into your feet, and into your life. This album is all about that journey of realization, the struggles we encounter and the victory of seeing it as possible.
The band is excited about the next ministry chapter to unfold, and is already planning Fall and Spring legs of The Altar and The Door Tour. With the debut radio single hitting in June and widespread media coverage starting late summer through the fall, this album is set to be another phenomenal release setting records and, more importantly, impacting hearts.
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Member CD Reviews
Mary D. from MCMINNVILLE, TN
Reviewed on 2/12/2010...
Love this CD
Gretchen A. (yellowdance) from ANDOVER, MN
Reviewed on 8/31/2008...
Seems a rehash of their old stuff. I didn't find the songs in this album as moving as others in "Casting Crowns" and "Lifesong".
Another Great Release
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 09/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Christian soft rock group Casting Crowns has taken the Christian music world by storm thanks to two strong previous releases. And their third project should continue the trend.
The group has captured audiences with challenging lyrics and great music. There's nothing earth shattering with either, but both work together to create some great music.
The disc starts off with the rock anthem "What This World Needs." Think "If We are the Body" but faster. The song reminds us that the world needs Christ more then it needs 100% perfect outward appearances. After all, the heart is what counts.
The title of the album comes from the idea that somewhere between hearing what we should do during church (the altar) and driving away (the door), we loose the certainty and conviction we had. I'll just say been there, done that. That theme is explored in two songs. The first is the title track, which really explains the theme better then I ever could. And it's rather convicting to hear my struggle put into words. The second is the next track, "Somewhere in the Middle." In fact, the phrase "between the altar and the door" shows up in this song, too. The song is a challenge to get out of the luke warm world we too often live in.
As with other Casting Crown's CDs, this one features a couple worship songs. And, once again, they don't grab me. There's nothing wrong with "I Know You're There" and "All Because of Jesus," but they aren't as special as some of their other tracks.
My two favorite songs are back to back. "Slow Fade" is a challenge to all men to not fall away from the faith. It really drives home the importance of constantly standing guard because no one crumbles in a day. It's a slower song with a haunting sound. And it ends with lead singer Mark Hall's daughter singing "Because Little Eyes." It's enough to give me chills.
Appropriately enough, the next song is "East to West." As you might guess, this song talks about forgiveness. It explores the difficulty we have in accepting God's forgiveness and the weight of shame we try to live under. As with so many of their songs, the lyrics are powerful.
Musically, there are few surprises here for the long time fan. But that's just fine because their music is wonderful.
I'm surprised I haven't worn out Casting Crown's first two releases I've listened to them so often. This one will certainly suffer the same fate."
Great CD, a must have
" Anti Microchip " | Desolation America | 09/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Casting Crowns should write a book titled, "This is how you write music that blesses people." I have never heard a song by these guys I didn't like. I studied music for three years on the college level, and I find I am more critical than most when it comes to giving 5 stars. This CD really deserves 4 and three quarter stars. What I appreciate about this band is that they continually write excellent hooks, beautiful melodies, and outstanding lyrics. Their music catches your attention, and motivates your heart. They are accomplishing exactly what they have set out to do, to bring people closer to God. Excellent CD, you can't go wrong here."