Guest / Limited Access /
The Reckoning
Our Rating
4 Stars - Excellent
Average Rating
(12 user ratings) ADD YOURS Help
Release Date
September 20, 2011
Label
Atlantic

Style: Warm southern rock; compare to Kings of Leon, Sister Hazel, Third Day

Top tracks: "Oohs and Ahhs," "Drive All Night," "Slumber"

Needtobreathe comes out guitars blazing on its fourth album, a muscular collection ready to shake arenas but paint their corners with warm southern and Americana gentility. The opening "Oohs and Ahhs" sways like Joe Henry meets Kings of Leon down on Bourbon Street. The band deftly throws towering electric punches, then bobs and weaves to banjo, dobro, mandolin, piano, or even bagpipes—often covering the spectrum in one song ("Slumber," "Able"). Spiritual expressions are more subtle than past offerings and mostly rooted in longing and tension between brokenness and redemption. Needtobreathe's got swagger but isn't afraid to confess, "I'm just as strong as any man I know / I'm not able on my own."

Tags:
Browse All Music Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Current IssueJimmy Carter: Pursuing an Arc of Reconciliation
Subscriber Access Only
Jimmy Carter: Pursuing an Arc of Reconciliation
The former president has a new hope for racial justice—starting with the church.
Current IssueI Found the Gospel in Communist Romania
I Found the Gospel in Communist Romania
And then I shared it with the man the government sent to kill me.
TrendingResearch Says: Young People Don't Want Hip Pastors
Research Says: Young People Don't Want Hip Pastors
A study of 250 congregations suggests that youth and young adults want substance rather than style.
Editor's PickThe Precarious Future of Assisted Suicide
The Precarious Future of Assisted Suicide
'Culture of Death' sounds the alarm on pending medical bioethics legislation and other troubling trends.
View this article in Reader Mode
Christianity Today
The Reckoning