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Austin Bridges — Awake the Day
((Not on label) no#, 2004, CD)

by Sean McFee, Published 2005-09-01

Awake the Day Cover artAustin Bridges is a Christian rock band, who use music to contemplate the mysteries of the universe. I also like to contemplate the mysteries of the universe, which include why Austin Bridges sent a copy of Awake the Day to Exposé. It is not that the guitar/guitar/bass/drums quartet cannot play rock adequately, or that they can’t write a tune. It’s not even that I’m offended by religious lyrics, because honestly whatever reason someone has for going through their day not being a total asshole is good enough for me. But, well, this is a rock album, nowhere near the boundaries of progressive rock in any conceivable way. It’s kind of basic, really, with the verses having no variation in delivery and the structures often a bit too formulaic, with pretty heavy chorus repetition to pad out the song lengths. If any reader happens to be a Christian rock fan, definitely give Austin Bridges some consideration, because they do this well enough, but, honestly, c’mon guys...

Filed under: New releases, Issue 32, 2004 releases

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