NEEDTOBREATHE - RIVERS IN THE WASTELAND (VINYL) 2014 Atlantic
- 2006 Atlantic Records
- Black Vinyl
- New, factory sealed
Such niceness could run the risk of being dreadfully dull, but Needtobreathe has an appealing combination of sincerity and skill that Green polishes into a record that is slick yet ingratiating, earnest yet endearing.
Needtobreathe rose up through the Christian rock world during the early 2000s, but the very presence of producer Andy Green, best-known for his work with British rockers Keane, is a good indication that their major-label debut Daylight is not intended to be a CCM record. And apart from a few stabs at vague spirituality within the lyrics, Daylight doesn't play like a CCM record, either: it's a big, bright, shiny modern rock record, heavily influenced by U2 and designed for big, open spaces, or at least to be played somewhere between Coldplay and Train on modern rock radio... Above anything, Daylight is a friendly, welcoming album; in other hands, the echoing, delayed guitars, retro-'80s synths, cavernous drums, and large soundstages might sound ominous or chilly, but Needtobreathe doesn't have anything foreboding about them at all.
Rivers In The Wasteland is the follow up to their acclaimed album The Reckoning, which saw the band spend over two years on the road in support of a collection of anthemic rock that caught the attention of The New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today.
"We've come through some rough moments and some amazing moments," says guitarist & vocalist Bo Rinehart. "We're the most energized we've ever been. The band is young again. We've got a new sense of purpose and we believe in what we're doing. We just fell back in love with the idea of what we get to do."
Rivers In The Wasteland - the sound of a band excited to reconnect with the idea of a fresh start, and featuring "Difference Maker," "Multiplied," "The Heart," and "Brother" - was co-produced by the band with the help of various producers including Joe Chiccarelli, Kevin Augunas, Ed Cash and Jerrod Bettis, and was recorded at the band's own Plantation Studios in Charleston, Fairfax Recordings (formally Sound City Studios) in Los Angeles and Blackbird Studios in Nashville.