Outline's Best of 2001When artists can't bank on recording their own material, song selection and performance are crucial. Point of Grace, with their angelic four-part harmonies, have built a decade-long successful career in this style, tallying numerous No. 1 singles and inspiring a number of sound-alikes in the process. The four gals from Arkansas return with their first regular studio release in three years with Free to Fly, perhaps their finest effort to date. They sing their way through a most diverse collection of songs, the high point of which is clearly "Praise Forevermore," a soaring and majestical praise-and-worship tune penned by the brilliant Darlene Zschech (Hillsongs Australia). "Begin with Me," a punchy and muscular anthem, showcases the girls' five-star harmonies, as does "Blue Skies" and the rocking "Something So Good." For a different spin, the group includes the urban R&B-infused "Free Indeed" and the quiet and lilting ballad "La La La." Free to Fly should keep old fans happy and make some new ones in the process. --Michael Lyttle
Record Label Word Entertainment
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date May 26, 2001
Publisher WORD INC. (MUSIC) #38
ISBN 0012113352 EAN 0080688611224 UPC 080688611224
I remember the first time I heard Point of Grace. The experience came though a set of headphones in the music section of a Medford, Oregon, department store. I had no idea that female vocalists today could sing such tight harmony with such a driving beat (upon occasion). I was sold.
FREE TO FLY is the 2001 offering of a mature Point of Grace girls band and at once a paean to the production skills of Brown Bannister. I do not think I have heard a more superbly produced cd in any genre anywhere. One goes into repeat listening of a four-female format with a bit of trepidation. In the context of repeated, close listening, it is not the easiest format on the ears. Yet FREE TO FLY comes at you time after time, repaying with fresh nuance each additional listening experience.
These voices are so tightly interwoven that with each new hearing one picks up new flourishes and glimpses subdued supporting vocals that somehow had passed unnoticed. This is a symptom of music well made.
The energy they inject into New Zealand songstress Darlene Zschech's 'Praise Forevermore' raises it from a garden-variety praise & worship tune to that of a potently artful showstopper. The verbal riff at 1'48" could blow a man's collar inside out. The voice-to-voice handoff that proceeds it has become a Point of Grace signature, done time and again without descending into cliché.
The album's high point is 'Blue Skies', a soaring piece with surprises in each stanza. The credal statement 'Yes, I Believe' is also a poignant and artistically sophisticated statement of simple conviction and its enduring power. Yet if one mentions these two, it it impossible to leave uncommended the beautiful and humble 'La, La, La', a song that delves much deeper into the waters of Christian spirituality than its title, prima facie, suggests.
'Begin with Me' out to have won a Grammy or a Dove or at least a really large Milkbone for its no-holds-barred arrangement and tight layering. It is awesome listening, as much on the thirteenth hearing as on the first. Perhaps even more on the thirteenth. As opposed to Christian music's Achille's Heel, this music gets better with time.
The four ladies of Point of Grace are what one used to call 'handsome ladies'. They sing and look superb from every angle from which this album allows us to peer into the reality of a girls' band that was - at this pinnacled moment - an inestimably find group of human beings who happened to be musicians.
Four gorgeous ladies... Jan 21, 2006
Who would have thought that one of the few decent group acts today would be found in the Christian music industry. But, weirder things have been known to occur. Anyway, this is one of POG's best efforts. Highly recommended.
another great album by POG Jun 27, 2005
I love this cd. It is very good to listen to if you are feeling sad or discouraged. It talks mostly about God's everlasting love. The song "Blue Skies" is the perfect example. "Begin With Me" is also a very good song because it really gets you thinking "Do I realize my faults or just look at other people's" the song "He sends His Love" is a very good song to listen to when you don't understand what is going on in your life. Way to go, POG!
Steer clear of this one Jan 7, 2005
This is a far cry from Steady On and their first 2 albums, which were great pop releases. This is the worst POG album since Life, Love & Other Mysteries! Here, "Begin With Me" (and 1 other song I cant remember) are the only tracks on this album that are anywhere near good. This album is filled with boring, lame-o, weak-melody junk. And what's to be expected with Nathan Nockles (from Watermark) producing 3 tracks. What are the girls thinking?! They used to be very choosy in picking the songs they record. I don't know what all these reviewers giving this record a 5-star rating are thinking either. Do yourself a favor, and pick up Steady On and their first 2 albums, and steer clear of this sleeper.
A MUST for every Christian Oct 18, 2003
This is a powerful CD that will move and inspire. What else can be said? I true gift from God.