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Let’s Roll
Artist: Various 
Label: TMB Records
Length: 18/69:19

Let’s Roll is the latest album honoring and mourning those who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Todd Beamer was on United Flight 93, and uttered the words “let’s roll”.  Along with three other passengers, he forced the diversion of the plane that was headed for the White House.  Produced by Tony McAnany (Point of Grace, Chant), the album features thirty-three artists or groups, two US Congressmen, and several of Beamer’s friends, all of whom waived their royalties to support the Todd M. Beamer Foundation.

Diversity is definitely a large part of the package here.  CCM staples Stephen Curtis Chapman and DC Talk are here, but so is Wynonna, Chaka Kahn, Phil Keaggy, and Yo Yo Ma.  “Lord’s Prayer” is the group effort here, with nineteen different artists contributing to the finished product.

None of the songs here are of the quality as Neil Young’s “Let’s Roll” or Bruce Springsteen’s “City of Ruins,” but there are some songs here that stand on their own merits.  “Light of the World” by Jennifer Knapp is better than most, while “Carry On” by Wynonna shows her in fine voice, in the same area as Ashley Cleveland or Bonnie Raitt.

“Interlude” is a nice guitar piece by Nick Moroch and Don Potter, and “Daily Bread” by Phil Keaggy and David Hentschel is wonderful.  Lila McCann on “Who Else Could It Be?” is a mixture of Jewel and Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

Most of the rest of the album is forgettable.  The title track by DC Talk will be a radio staple, but only because of the artist involved.  “Horizon”, done by 38th Parallel, does its best to imitate the old DC Talk style: a melodic verse, followed by rap/rock, then another melodic verse.

Overall, Let’s Roll is like most tribute albums ­ a few hits, a few misses, and songs that don’t seem memorable.  While I admire the efforts of the artists here and the spirit in which the album is offered, the Todd M. Beamer Foundation is probably better served if you send them a check for $25.00, rather than purchasing this CD.

Brian A. Smith 2 November 2002

Our country was awakened to a new light after September 11th 2001. So many people were heroes that day. This CD is dedicated to the memories of so many lives that were taken away from us in just a few precious seconds. We now realize that the acts of a few can affect so many. The life of Todd Beamer is one that has been a media focus this past year. Even though this CD may be titled from the words that were said in Todd’s last moments of life, they represent all those that continue to fight for our countries safety. Several artist came together with their songs that may help comfort those who are still mourning the lost of loved ones. 

The members of dc Talk come together and sing the title song, “Let’s Roll.” This sets the scene for what happened on that September morning. Other artist such as 38th Parallel, James Curlin, Jennifer Knapp, Nicole C. Mullen, Shane Minor, and Phil Keagy bring their songs of peace and encouragement in this time of prayerful mourning. 

When you buy this CD you will become a part of these memories. Through buying it, you are contributing to the Todd Beamer fund. By putting it in your stereo, you are listening to words that are there to comfort. By reading the names of all those who died on that day, it becomes reality. The message of music can move many emotions and in this CD that comes true. As you close your eyes while listening to the song “Let’s Roll” you can put yourself in the lives of those aboard Flight 93.

“ The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. Who strives valiantly who knows the great enthusiasm. The great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”Teddy Roosevelt

Elizabeth Angell 11/2/2002
 

 

   
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