Artist: The Waiting
Time: 44:55, 12 tracks
I gave up pop music for lent about ten years ago, and I just never
got back into it. Occasionally, however, I'll break my fast and listen
to a band that makes pure pop music. Those days are rare. The
Waiting, however, convinces me that those days should be more frequent.
On these lonely, raging mornings I would whip You if I could
But you're on the mighty side of strong
And the perfect side of good
If I raise my hands will You grab me by the wrists?
And will You try to pull me from the fray?
And even if my fingers join together into fists
Will You hold me firmly anyway?
Because I would try to escape You but for everyday I'm sure
That You're on the huge side of big
And the holy side of pure.
Maybe I could understand how you made the waters flee
Maybe I could understand how you gave all creation life
I'm an educated man
It's not too hard for me to see
But there's something about you that confuses me yet
First you forgive and then you forget
How do you do that?
This is a better album than it's predecessor Blue Belly Sky because it shows more creativity both lyrically and musically, and it has a greater number of quality songs. (I miss the suits the band used to wear, however; the suits fit their faux-retro, clean-cut image and style.) It's also another excellent Steve Hindalong assisted production. The Choir's drummer and principle songwriter has proven himself a worthy producer yet again with an album that is clear, crisp and entertaining.
Some people subscribe to a view that Christians being made in the image of the Creator ought to be writing music that is more creative than their mainstream counterparts rather than merely imitating them. While this is a worthy pursuit, it's not always realistic. There is also nothing wrong with a group of musicians adopting a current form of music, and attempting to be absolutely the best at playing that particular musical form. The Waiting has the potential to fulfill that expectation and become the best modern pop rock band they can be. Although their self-titled album may not be chock-full of musical invention, they write solid sing-along songs with distinguished messages of worship, wit and modern relevance. Put them on your list of bands to keep your eyes on.
By Steven Stuart Baldwin
Four tocks for well constructed content more than creativity.
I love these guys. Ordinarily their type of midwestern guitar pop alternative rock isn't something I listen to, and ordinarily I don't listen to lyrics much at all. But The Waiting has a great knack for writing openly-Christian lyrics without falling into religious cliches like many Christian bands do. I worship when I listen to these guys; not much music causes me to do that! The music is maybe a tad more aggressive than their first album, and they've added a couple new guitar effects pedals, but other than that this is very similar to their first album (great). Go buy it.
By Josh Spencer