MercyMe has always had the ability to create catchy pop songs with strong lyrics, but I've enjoyedUndone more than their previous projects. It's a little less country and a little more light rock than the prior albums, which have sold over 2 million copies in three years. Part of the reason for a more rock sound may be the addition of guitarist Barry Graul, who replaced the legendary Rex Carroll in Christian metal band Whitecross almost a decade ago. Lead singer/songwriter Bart Millard offers an additional explanation:
"We've been a rock band for 10 years. Before we ever signed, it's what we wanted to be. Then we became known as the band of ballads when I Can Only Imagine came out. On Undone, we've focused quite a bit on some of the up-tempo songs on this record to make sure we're still enjoying what we do."
The fans will enjoy Undone as well. Some very personal moments come through in songs such as Never Alone and Keep on Singing, written in the aftermath of nine deaths of family and friends of the band since December. Homesick summarizes those thoughts:
In Christ there are no goodbyes / In Christ there is no end / So I'll hold on to Jesus with all that I have / To see you again
Undone will be welcomed by MercyMe enthusiasts, but it will also appeal to others who prefer more of a pop-rock sound than they've expected from the band. Hopefully many of the fans that MercyMe has acquired in mainstream audiences will listen to the Biblical messages in Undone and be touched by them. This is one crossover band that is actually taking the cross over.
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