Overview 1. New Day 2. I Wonder 3. Every Moment 4. By Surprise 5. Surrender 6. Desperate 7. Every Day 8. Wish 9. Beautiful Somehow 10.The Love of the Lord Endures
Joy challenges listeners lyrically in the song "Surrender" to daily give every area of their lives to God as they walk in the light of His love. The song "Desperate" urges us to depend on God for everything in life. Another highlight is the song, "I Wonder." Wrapped in a melody and rhythm that screams ¿radio hit,¿ this thought-provoking song asks how God could love us so much that he would actually die for us.
Record Label Reunion Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.98" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Release Date Oct 8, 2002
Publisher PROVIDENT #130
ISBN 0234100592 EAN 0602341005920 UPC 602341005920
This Caught Me "By Surprise" -- I'm surprised I didn't like it better. Mar 26, 2007
When Joy Williams first came out, I heard some samples of her music and concluded I really liked her style. This is the second of her projects I heard, and unfortunately I was wrong.
I will say others (see other reviews) liked it better than I did. But I wasn't hooked by this.
Loved it! Jan 10, 2007
I love all of Joy Williams' music and this CD does not disappoint!
Good follow-up album from Joy Jul 2, 2005
1. New Day 4/5 Good, catchy song.
2. I Wonder 4/5 Good song with good lyrics.
3. Every Moment 3/5 OK song that has really good lyrics.
4. By Surprise 4/5 Good song that's put together very well.
5. I Surrender 5/5 The best song on the album! I love this song!
6. Desperate 2/5 Not the best song on the album...kind of boring, but not terrible.
7. Every Day 4/5 Good song that makes you want to dance.
8. Wish 2/5 Not really all that good to me...
9. Beautiful Somehow 2/5 Kind of boring...
10. The Love of the Lord Endures 5/5 Beautiful song. I love the lyrics. The lyrics touch your heart.
Totally Awesome May 14, 2005
Ok I bought this CD after hearing her on a wow cd. I love this cd. My all time favorite song is number 8. She takes about the phases of Christ's life and how she wish she could have been there to see it all and that someday she will see him face to face in heaven. Wow talk about emotionally. I still get tears in my eyes. I also like songs 3 and 4. Its an amazing cd.
A "New Day," a new--if incohesive--new sound Apr 14, 2005
On BY SURPRISE, CCM singer Joy Williams seems to have contracted a serious case of multiple personality disorder.
Williams's eponymous debut album offered a well-organized, unified collection of upbeat pop tunes and soft ballads. Here, Williams seems unable to choose her sound: Should she rock like Sheryl Crow, emote like Celine Dion, or wax ethereal like Norah Jones? Williams never quite answers this question.
Still, it's fun to hear her try. BY SURPRISE roams giddily all over the musical map, delving into rock, pop, heavy-hitter diva balladry, and soft pop music. "New Day" is a whopper of a rock tune, boasting a huge, dynamic chorus and near-tribal drums. "Surrender," too, surrounds a simple declaration of faith with an anthemic refrain and crashing drums/background sounds. Williams ponders the meaning of life in "I Wonder," another fine pop/rock tune, and "By Surprise" sounds like the guitar-heavy ditty Sheryl Crow never recorded.
As she moves into Dion's territory, Williams's vocal pyrotechnics on the orchestral "Every Moment" help the song transcend its somewhat cliched lyrics. "The Love of the Lord Endures" offers another, more successful foray into diva-esque balladry with a passionate declaration of God's power. "Desperate" and "Beautiful Somehow" tread on Norah Jones's coattails with their understated vocals and spare arrangements.
While BY SURPRISE may not seem as singular and unified as her debut, Williams's sophomore album is nonetheless a refreshing stab at trying some new things.
And change, Crow herself sings, "will do you good."