Todd Agnew reminds me of Rich Mullins with his ability to write incisive songs while coming up with some observations that bring a smile to your face. Better Questions may be his best effort yet, offering a wide variety of musical styles but always getting to the lyrical point.
If someone told me that "If You Wanted Me" was a previously unrecorded Mullins' song covered by Agnew I would have believed them. If you've missed hearing Rich's insights and honesty, you'll appreciate this song:
I'll admit I'm glad I'm not King David / ruling over everything I see / Cause I think I'd fall for more than Bathsheba / Your creation's a temptation for me / If you wanted me to love you only / Why'd you make the moonlight sparkle in her eyes?
"Our Great God" is a modern worship duet with Rebecca St. James, while "Least of These" and "War Inside" rock hard with pounding drums and cutting guitars. The rest of the CD is a little mellower musically, including "Martyr's Song," written for Ted Dekker's book of the same name and originally bundled as a single with the book.
My favorite song may well be "On a Corner of Memphis," with its bluesy message of brutal honesty on the street contrasted with our Sunday morning veneers of holiness. That's followed by "Preachers & Thieves," a self-indictment of our frailties, observing that only God knowing the difference between preachers and thieves.
I highly recommend Better Questions for anyone who likes great songs with plenty of musical variety. At 68 minutes plus, this is two albums' worth of material from a lot of artists.
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