When I still was seriously into Christian music, Chris Rice was an individual that I encountered. I was not too familiar with eir work, but I heard a few tracks here and there that I like. â€œWhat a Heart is Beating Forâ€ starts off with â€œSo Much For My Sad Songâ€, a hopefully track that will play well on the contemporary Christian and adult contemporary Christian charts. Hints of Audio Adrenaline as well as John Maher are present during this vocal and guitar-focused track. The title track goes and changes what individuals would think about Chris Rice, as the emotional intensity of this track exceeds that of â€œSo Muchâ€, while the arrangements decrease in frequency.
This has the effect of further highlighting Riceâ€™s vocals and making individuals pick up on every nuance and particle of Riceâ€™s being. â€œPardon My Dustâ€ has a slinkier sound to it that the previous tracks on the disc, and has a little bit of a Counting Crows type of sound united with the Maher / Johnson / Matthews sound that has been cultivated up to that point. â€œLove Is Gonna Break Throughâ€ is reminiscent of early DC Talk, and Rice is able to make eir point with little more than eir soulful vocals and pianos. â€œYou Donâ€™t Have TO Yellâ€ will be Riceâ€™s next big hit, as even if the tempo of the track does not reflect a Switchfoot sound, the overall arrangement of the track does. This soft, soothing style (which Rice uses constantly throughout the entirety of this disc) will be pleasing to anyone that finds this album.
The Christian sayings and theology are not audibly present and individuals can thus appreciate the compositions on this album in two very different ways. â€œLemonadeâ€, a previous hit for Chris Rice, is also present on â€œWhat a Heart is Beating Forâ€. While this song was created in a much different environment than the rest of â€œWhat a Heart is Beating Forâ€, Rice is talented enough to bring the rest of the compositions directly in line with this track. Thus, there is no disjuncture between the two distinct styles. Riceâ€™s ability manifests itself in other ways, and is of great benefit to eir throughout the creation of this album. While there are not many tracks that will be crossover successes for Chris Rice, the entirety of â€œWhat a Heart is Beating Forâ€ should be taken as a singular entity. This is where the glory of Rice presents itself.
Top Tracks: Lemonade, Let The Words Escape