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Welcome Home CD
Provident Music Distribution / 2006 / Compact disc
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Backstreet Boy and Kentucky native Brian Littrell offers his solo debut on Reunion Records, an expertly produced collection of powerful ballads and worshipful testimony set to a contemporary, AC pop soundtrack. Includes "My Answer is You," "Over My Head," "Grace of My Life," and others.
Pass him the torch
Whenever an artist from another musical genre records an album for the Christian market, its generally met with a little skepticism. Some people tend to question motive and intent and wonder why they havent been singing for the home team all along. Well, one listen to Backstreet Boy Brian Littrells Reunion album, Welcome Home, should silence critics. He paved the way for this release last year with his chart-topping remake of Michael Englishs In Christ Alone, a Dove-nominated track off the WoW #1s album.
Truth be told, Littrell's solo debut album couldn't come at a more critical time for Christian pop music. In response to album sales trends, almost every record label has now turned its attention away from new adult contemporary pop artists. Most, but not quite all. Reunion Records, which launched in the early 80s with future AC pop giants Michael W. Smith and Kathy Troccoli, may be the genres last great champion. The label recently signed AC pop fave Cindy Morgan and brought us her first album in five years, Postcards, and then in March introduced young AC talent Ana Laura via her self-titled debut. With other labels all but abandoning the genre, Reunion Records is in a prime position to fill the expanding void.
Enter Brian Littrell. His new disc may not only fill the void, it might single- handedly resuscitate the embers of AC pop. Welcome Home is filled with powerful songs that linger with the listener long after the CD has finished. Wish is a beautiful ballad that speaks of how wonderful it would have been to see Jesus as He was growing up, living out His calling and fulfilling Gods plan. We Lift You Up is a vibrant worship song with a soulful edge. Jesus Loves You is a stunning a cappella number featuring Take 6. It also includes an adorable intro and outro from Littrells 3-year-old son Baylee. (OK, Im a mom, so I loved this!) Angels and Heroes is an amazing song about the complexities of our human nature, but the most emotionally riveting moment on the album is the poignant Gone Without Goodbye. The first verse describes a mother holding a photo of her son and searching for him in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Its an incredible song, and Littrell delivers a beautiful performance, wringing every drop of emotion from the lyric without ever becoming maudlin.
Welcome Home showcases Littrells skills as a songwriter as well as spotlights his amazing voice. He has the warmth and passion of a Sunday morning worship leader tempered with the pop sensibilities of a seasoned artist who, with the Backstreet Boys, has sold an astonishing 75 million records. Its a perfect combination. People are always asking which male artist has the voice, writing skills and integrity to follow in Steven Curtis Chapmans and Michael W. Smiths footsteps. In listening to this wonderful album, its obvious Littrell is the perfect artist to carry the torch.
DEBORAH EVANS PRICE CCMMagazine.com
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