CCM artist, Moriah Peters, returns with her Sophomore album, Brave. The question is, does the music sound like its title? Brave and not safe? Well, yes and no.
The album begins with what is easily the best track of the record: Brave. I love the overall epic feel of this track, it’s definitely a cool sounding song and brings a much needed originality in the CCM genre. My favourite lyrics are, Cross before me, world behind me,
there’s no turning back.
The next track, O Fear (My God is Near) is another strong followup with an enjoyable, catchy chorus that will make your day just that bit better.
One thing this album is full of is catchy hooks and pop anthems that just put a smile on your face. They’re not the most original songs in the world, yet there’s something about them you can’t refuse. A great example of this is the track, Leave it All Behind. Lyrically, this subject has been covered many times, (though it’s a subject one can’t sing enough of, there have been better examples) yet there’s just something really enjoyable about it musically, and it makes for another strong highlight.
Though this album is chocked full of mostly original pop songs that are very For King and Country-ish (probably due to the fact that Joel Smallbone, Moriah’s Husband, produced the album), this album isn’t without its faults. You Carry Me is a little too tailor made for radio and comes off as just a bit bland overall. Stand Strong also suffers a bit from being uninteresting, though no where near as much as the aforementioned track.
The other highlights on this album are the last three songs, Born to be Free, Waterall, and Give me Jesus. Born to be Free brings a Come Now is the Time to Worship feel lyrically, and beckons those broken to Reach out where you stand. Waterfall is a brilliant highlight, and along with Brave, is my favourite. It boasts some incredible lyrics in the chorus with I was afraid that You would turn away but I’m covered by amazing grace underneath Your waterfall. And Give me Jesus ends with the much loved hymn and brings the album up to a great finish. At least it should have been the finish.
The album actually ends with a remix of Brave featuring rapper, Andy Mineo. Other than Andy’s inclusion, the song bares hardly any difference to the original, so it ultimately comes off as unnecessary.
Overall I was surprised at how good this was in places, and in others it dwells a little too much in safe territory. Though it balances the line of brave and safe, fortunately, it leans more to the former. Lyrically, the album doesn’t suffer from loads of Christian cliches, and is bold about Christ, which is always welcome to this reviewer’s ears.
So for those looking for an uplifting record to tap and dance along to, look no further than Moriah Peters Brave.