Additional personnel: Will Hunt (vocals, synthesizer, vibraphone, drums, percussion, programming); Taylor Johnson (electric guitar, gut-string guitar); Paul Moak (electric 12-string guitar, steel guitar, synthesizer, vibraphone); Ian Fitchuk (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Todd Cromwell (bass guitar).
Shane Barnard and Shane Everett's 2004 album CLEAN is a palatable combination of their trademark heartfelt harmonies, and poppy, smoothly polished, acoustic guitar-based rock, harnessed in service of their Christian worship message. Centered around the themes of grace and the tension between humanity's sense of truth versus that of the Almighty, the record kicks off with the straightforward message of "Saved By Grace," with its beguilingly simple chorus, while the downtempo "Fringes," with its subtle arrangement and swaying rhythm, accentuates the duo's growing musical confidence. Familiarity comes with an energetic, crowd-pleasing cover of Twila Paris's classic "He Is Exalted." "Waging War" is a deceptively restrained plea for spiritual and temporal peace, while "Make Believe Jesus" is a stirring hymn and a prayer for simple faith. Inspiring and joyful, CLEAN demonstrates that Shane & Shane's skill at combining their passionate message with impeccable musical skills is undiminished.
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Record Label Inpop
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Oct 19, 2004
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 0012296678 EAN 0804147129002 UPC 804147129002
"Clean," a CD by Shane and Shane about grace is a perfect CD to get in conjunction with "Upstairs." With great songs such as "Saved by Grace," "Fringes," "Yearn," and "There is None Like You/Your Grace Is Sufficient For Me," the Shanes have a gift of blending flawless harmonies into folksy songs that make you want to close your eyes and breathe it all in. The Shanes excel in simple yet poignant lyrics that Shane Barnard delivers in a breathy angelic kind of way. It's hard to compare them to anybody else because as they are one of a kind. Now there might be complaints that the CD has 3 cover songs on it and that "Yearn" was on the Upstairs CD, but Shane and Shane seem to give a song a different approach everytime they sing it. I do recommend buying this album on grassrootsmusic.com (sorry this site!) as it is currently $12.74 and Upstairs is only $7.99.
Voices Like Angels Dec 28, 2005
The only thing I'd like to add to the well-deserved accolades is that their voices are smooth, like BUTTAH!! "Clean" is not only a title, it's a description - at one point I had this cd playing for one week straight. It's a truly unbelievable gift. Thanks, guys.
Great Album Oct 17, 2005
"Clean" is a great album, one of the best in my collection, and I'm very picky about what I listen to so it's a big compliment. If you love Jesus and love to worship you'll love this album.
Pure Oct 1, 2005
"Clean" is far and away the best Christian CD I've bought in the last year. It is pure and simple praise... so many of the lyrics are directly from the Bible. It's awesome to be able to put in a CD to study or drive and just relax in the Lord. "Clean" is a audio manifestation of the Lord's peace. Definitely worth the money- Shane and Shane have found their annointing!!
A great band COULD be in the making Jun 17, 2005
I almost never listen to "worship" music because I find the lyrics mind-numbingly dull and repetitive. Perhaps singing "He is worthy" over and over is wonderful to God's ears..I won't presume to answer that..but to MY ears it's just lazy songwriting.
What Shane (Bernard) and Shane (Everett) have going for them is lyrics that are INSPIRED by the Bible...but not mere verbatim passages set to music. The Bible is PROSE...not song lyrics..and this duo understands that what reads well doesn't always SING well. At least they USUALLY do..there are a couple examples of really bad lyrics here which keeps me from giving an unqualified recommendation.
The sound musically is mostly acoustic pop with occasional left turns into harder edged rock and some interesting instrumentation for flavour. (Wurlitzer, vibes, melodica, and "Dewalt", whatever that is) The pair's breathy voices blend well on the choruses.
HIGHLIGHTS: "God Did" is a paean to grace and a sly attack on the legalistic approach to Christian living as Bernard notes in the last verse "Maybe do's and don'ts were made to show/How much we do and don't ever make it". "He is Exalted" is simplistic lyrically but a nice update of a Twila Paris 80s megahit song. (One of her better tunes pre CRY FOR THE DESERT). "Waging War" finds the group longing for a day when following God isn't a struggle, when "what was once a pearl now sand/blows away in light of Him". "Make Believe Jesus" is not the indictment of Christianity the title might seem to indicate..rather it's a call for Jesus to make himself as apparent to non-believers as He is to the natural elements He commands. (Inspiration comes from Job 37:12) "You and I" is a jubilant declaration of Jesus' grace ("Come with what you do not have/And buy what's undeserved") over a backdrop with guitars that soar through the stratosphere. "Yearn" is an honest, simple heartcry for a more passionate encounter with God. "Acres of Hope" uses the imagery of God as suitor..seeking the love of those He created. ("How the story ends is/Love and tenderness in Him/Not safe, but worth it..") A pair of praise choruses, unassumingly produced, close out the CD. It feels utterly appropriate.
LOWS: "Saved by Grace" is a GUILTY pleasure by virtue of its catchiness, but I can't let the bad lyric go without commenting. The hook is "By grace you have been saved (X3)/By grace you have been saved through faith/Through faith". That's it. B-A-D.
BOTTOM LINE: Much better than most of what gets Christian radio airplay in terms of lyrical depth and nicely textured to boot. If they can get rid of the low spots next time out, they have a chance to make a classic. As it is, this is still very good.