Tue, January 09, 2001
Album Review
Roaring Lambs
Various Artists
From the June 2000 issue of CCM Magazine.
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Bob Briner published in 1993 his ground-breaking book Roaring Lambs, a tome on the church’s duty to be salt and light in the surrounding culture. Among its readers were key Christian music players who have since been the book’s evangelists. Briner’s grains of wheat continue to produce an abundant harvest, and one of the clearest manifestations to date is this remarkable new album.

Contained within the grooves of Roaring Lambs are the creations of a diverse roster of artists who’ve been inspired by Bob Briner’s passion and vision. The lineup alone is reason for checking it out (read: new tunes from the likes of Sixpence None the Richer, Jars of Clay, Steve Taylor, Delirious, Burlap to Cashmere, Over the Rhine, Vigilantes of Love, and a temporarily reunited PFR).

But the real treat here—and perhaps most fitting with respect to Briner’s refreshing ideas—are the eclectic artist pairings: Ashley Cleveland and dc Talk’s Michael Tait strangle the mics on a thick-as-molasses gospel-rock tune, "Salt & Light"; Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman duet for the first time on "Out There," a mellow alt-pop ditty the pair also wrote; Ginny Owens and Brent Bourgeois nail the haunting ballad, "One Thing," with an ethereal vengeance; and Charlie Peacock’s collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, "‘Akehlukek’ Ubaba (With God Everything Is Possible)," is nothing short of a miracle—the uplifting worldbeat vibe would make Paul Simon grin from ear to ear.

With a host of tunes that speak to a Christian’s duty to season the world with Christ’s love—backed with a wide array of infectious music—Roaring Lambs is not to be missed. Download a free liquid audio version of Steve Taylor's new song "Shortstop" here.

—Dave Urbanski


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