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The Upside of Down
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Release Date
August 21, 2012
Fervent Records

Style: Contemplative pop; compare to John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Shawn McDonald

Top tracks: "Amen," "This Side of Heaven," "1989," "Let the Music Play"

Written in the wake of a hospital stay following a skateboarding accident, August's sophomore album has a naturally contemplative tone. Though some of the songs wrestle with cabin fever and brokenness, much of the material has a humble or positive upswing. Musically, it's warm, casual, and occasionally soulful, on par with many of today's top 40 troubadours. Though a few lyrical clichés and average arrangements disrupt the flow, August still hits several toe-tapping strides as he expresses spiritual certainty.

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