When I saw that The Afters were on the new "Mercy Me" label (Simple Records, owned by Bart Millard and producer Pete Kipley), I expected a mellower pop sound, but it was a pleasant surprise to hear some aggressive guitars. The Afters' style of pop reflects bands like Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Coldplay and Sanctus Real. Catchy choruses and a smooth sound will get you listening to the lyrics. Sometimes overtly Christian ("You", "All That I Am") and sometimes simply positive ("Beautiful Love"), the songs have the potential for airplay on both Christian and mainstream radio.
The Afters are one of the rising new bands in Christian music. Only time will tell if they make a big splash, but I think the odds are good that we'll be hearing a lot more from them. I Wish We All Could Win will delight fans of power pop.
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