I don’t often do music reviews, but I am constantly looking for new Christian artist both for my own personal enjoyment and to share with the kids and families I minister to. So, when I was given the opportunity to review a new release from a band called Manic Drive I jumped on it. So, what did I think?
Band: Manic Drive
Album Title: VIP
The cover of the album gives us our first view of the band members and our first clue as to what to expect. My first impression upon seeing the cover was that it screamed boy band. Not really my style, but it deserved a listen. The first couple songs proved that my suspicions were correct. Manic Drive has a upbeat, boy band style that shows their high level of talent. While this is not really my style, I do think that it is something that would be very popular with younger girls, particularly preteens.
While the overall quality of the performance and production is good, there is evidence that these guys are young as the album lacks a little of the polish that comes with experience. This guys are good now, but with a little time they could be great. I sincerely hope that they get that chance. It could be exciting to see what these guys are able to do given the chance to hone their craft.
Lyrics are very important as it really is what differentiates Christian music from non-Christian music. The lyrics on this album are solid. They are uplifting, encouraging and even worshipful. Certainly I would consider these lyrics safe for your child. I’d let my little girl listen to them. As mentioned above I think that the lyrics show a lack of experience. They are good, but not great. What they do show is the ability to write. Given time and the opportunity I believe that they have what it takes to hone those skills.
Bottomline: A quick look on iTunes shows that this is not the first album by these guys. Still I think that they have some work to do to get their work up to the level of most of what is out there in the Christian music world. That being said, if you have young girls I would recommend that you check these guys out on iTunes. I am convinced that preteen girls will love these guys, even if this 40 year old man did not.
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