If you want proof of the ever-deepening talent level throughout the Christian music world, go no further than southern Oregon's Seven Places. Expectations for Hear Us Say Jesus, the band's sophomore effort, were modest at best, considering the group is a relatively little-known act who garnered some buzz with an initial release (Lonely for the Last Time) and a slot on several big-name summer music festivals (Festival Con Dios and Cornerstone to name a few). Yet listeners will be pleasantly surprised when they encounter this energetic and thoughtful collection of songs that boldly proclaim the gospel. Stylistically many of the release's better numbers ("Fall In Line," "Even When," "Where Almost There," "All In My Head") may remind some of Third Eye Blind, Skillet, or even the Newsboys. But there is a fresh-enough appeal with frontman Seth Gilbert's expansive vocal range to stamp a unique mark on this brand of Christian pop. The group even explores new areas while adding strings and pedal steel guitar to several tracks as they look to grow artistically. As Gilbert sings on the opening song, "Fall In Line," "We've got something to say, We've got something to say." Indeed they do and it's worth a good, long listen. --Michael Lyttle
Record Label Bec Recordings / Emd
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Sep 21, 2004
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 0012294187 EAN 0724347305603 UPC 724347305603
This band is different from what you will hear from many Christian artists. They are not afraid to say Jesus as the title suggest, and it's a nice change. The music is clean sounding, and lifts the spirits. I really loved this CD. It's definitely worth the money.
Great music, great lyrics Mar 24, 2006
Excellent Christian CD with really great lyrics... you can see that they have a relationship with the Lord Jesus!
Better than their debut album. Jan 10, 2006
I got this cd about 3 months ago, because I own their debut album, plus I had heard the first single "Fall In Line", from the album on Christian radio, which I loved. This album is much better than their first. Hear Us Say Jesus has alot more songs that jump out at you. I really like the songs "Watch", "We're Almost There", and "Be My Salvation". My favorite track though is "I Look Upon Your Hill", which is a song that really speaks to your heart, and you can feel the love of Jesus. A really good album. Good Christian alternative music. 4 out of 5.
A beautiful set of songs.... Dec 8, 2005
Seven Places, where to start? The growth from their first CD is astounding. They are much more mature, and you wouldn't even know having changed two bandmates, because the album is very confident and the message is very clear... Jesus is Lord THE and Savoir...
Their first album had some georgeous music on it there wasn't a bad track on it, "Everything" was exquisite, and "Lonely for the Last Time", was another amazing standout. But where the first album showed great promise, thise promise is beginning to be fulfilled, and its very exciting!!!!
I will admit, when I first got this disc back in April, I did not care for it very much, but after setting it down for a few months and picking it back up in September this year, I began to warm up to the music. And after listening to it nearly everyday for 3 months straight, and can now name it as one of my all time favorites along with their first disc.
This disc, although not as accessable as their first, is infinitely more rewarding. Just like with the Lord, the more time we spend with it(him), the more we enjoy it(him).
My personal favorites on the disc have to be: Actually its impossible to name a favorite... All the tracks are so varied, but all have the running theme that the Lord or God, sent Jesus to save us, and despite our best efforts, we'll never be good enough, and its only through him we are free, and we will never understand it until we accept the fact and recieve him as our personal savoir.
I do personal love "All in my Head", as it is hard for many people I've known to understand that knowledge doesn't save us, it destroys us, it is only through the Lord that we recieve wisdom, and the knowledge is often found to be lies. "Holes in His Hands", is great to me, in that it demonstrates just how silly it is to say we can escape God, the ONE whom created the entire Universe along with us... Right.... "Watch" is another favorite "Watch me walk through these prison bars, then will know my heart is free, then you will my heart is free...", but truly, I enjoy each track just as much as the next!!!
So, I hope that you will come to enjoy this record as well, and you will especially appreciate it after listening to "Lonely for the Last Time". :) And of course, after you've recieved the Lord as your Savoir, until then, you'll always just see it as "music".
God Bless ~Amy
Fresh Annointed Talent from Southern Oregon Jul 21, 2005
Seven Places delivers far beyond expectation in their second album. Just as the title suggests, you will hear the band "Say Jesus" many times throughout the album. The lyrics are real, mature, heartfelt, and annointed. Lyricly, there is much depth amidst simplicity in this album.
The change in the line-up does great things for the sound of this album. While still sounding influenced by 'Third Eye Blind,' this album leans more toward 'Coldplay,' and 'U2.' Everything sounds a lot more complete and radio playable production-wise, while still bold and ground-breaking in creativity.
This album is an immensely rewarding and enjoyable listen the whole way through.