Sara Groves has established herself as a leading Christian artist with her most recent albums. Compared in the past to folksy artists like Bebo Norman or Sarah McLachlan, Groves adds more pop flavor onThe Other Side of Something. One reason her sound has changed somewhat was the addition of veteran producer Charlie Peacock. As a co-producer with Nate Sabin, Peacock makes his presence felt, especially on Boxer, a clever song that sounds like it came straight from a Peacock CD. As we've come to expect, Groves' voice and lyrics stamp the project as hers. Her playful thoughtfulness comes through on All I Need:
Newly married, new apartment / All our furniture was saved from the dump / Yes dear maybe we can afford a trash can next month / All I need is a seat for two and my love for you
Before long, the tone has changed:
All I need is a sectional and a satellite TV and dark-wood cabinets that were custom built for me
A typically honest Groves song is Roll to The Middle:
We just had World War II here in our kitchen / We both thought the meanest things / And then we both said them / We shot at each other till we lost ammunition
Eventually, love wins out:
Here when the lights go out / We roll to the middle / No matter how my pride resists / No matter how the wall feels true / No matter how I can't be sure / That you're gonna roll in too / No matter what, not matter what / I'm gonna reach for you
You'll enjoy The Other Side of Something if you've appreciated Sara Groves in the past, if you like Charlie Peacock or thoughtful pop, or if you've got some old Riki Michelle CDs in your collection.
Visit: Sara Groves and INO Records.