Shaun Groves's third album sees him taking the production helm and heading in an edgier rockier direction. With songs that have been birthed out of an intensive study of the Sermon On The Mount and a passion to create an album of songs that reflect authentic faith, White Flag is his strongest effort yet. Wrapping deep theological insights in guitardrenched hooky songs and vulnerable acoustic ballads makes for something special. From the frankness of What's Wrong With This World to the surrender of White Flag and the sad poignancy of Heaven Hang On, this album is packed with winners all the way. It is a moving provocative listening experience.
Record Label Rocketown Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2005
Publisher PROVIDENT #130
ISBN 0012308870 EAN 0826872003921 UPC 826872003921
While this CD is not "Invitation to Eavesdrop" or "Twilight", this CD deserves 5 stars because of its unique sound and theme. Based on the Sermon on the Mount, the songs give a modern-day take on timeless themes. The standout songs are "Only", "Hummingbird", "What's Wrong With This World" and "Amen". If you are a fan of Shaun Groves you will not be disappointed with the new more modern "rock" sound. If you thought his first 2 CD's were too mellow, then give this CD a try and you'll like it.
A album for every person that desires an authentic relationship with Christ May 3, 2006
As the first review said, I was not all that impressed with the musicality of the album itself. What I was impressed with was his insights to the beatitudes themselves. If you have the opportunity to listen to the interview that is part of the computer features of the album you will see that Shaun says that he loves music but he loves studying the scriptures more. This is very apparent, not that the music is of poor quality, but his insight to the scripture is inspiring. As a pastor of a emerging church I did a 5 sermon series that examined the beatitudes and many of Shaun's insights. I would suggest purchasing this album and then placing it in your computer and watching the stories behind the songs.
There is a deep desire to be a authentic believer of Jesus that is shown in every aspect of this album. I would hope that people use this as not only a music CD, but a tool to examine the beatitudes and see them, as I believe, they were always intended to be seen.
Shaun Disappoints Once Again Feb 15, 2006
OK, Here we have by far one of the most insightful and intellectual songwriters to come on the scene since Steven Curtis Chapman. Now that being said, why is an artist of Shaun's caliber only putting out mediocre work?. "What's Wrong With This World" is excellent. The only other two that are even o.k. are "Hummingbird" and "Crave". I am in no way condoning music piracy, but I can understand a lot of what downloaders are feeling when they purchase a c.d. and only get maybe 2-3 good songs off of it. Please Shaun, give us more of what you gave us on "Invitation To Eavesdrop"
His Best Yet Jul 15, 2005
For his third CD, Shaun Groves combines fun to listen to music with some powerful truths from the scripture to challenge anyone who listens.
As with his previous projects, Shaun opens with an upbeat rock track, this time explaining "What's Wrong with This World." Turns out it's me. He immediately slows the tempo way down for "Sad Song" which reflects on the sadness brought on by sin. Also in the very serious vein is "Heaven Hang on" about the very real needs going on around us we just ignore.
"Peace has Broken Out" was my least favorite song on here originally, sounding lyrically a little too much like a 60's song reject. But as I've really listened to the words, it's grown on me. If only we weren't so sinful, it really would be this easy.
I was immediately struck by "Hummingbird." The image of beating wings just to stay in the same place struck me as way too honest.
I think honest is a great way to describe this CD. There is some serious confession going on here along with cries to surrender, which makes the title very appropriate.
This CD is even more powerful when taken in context of the Beatitudes. Shaun was inspired by a Bible study he lead on that passage of Matthew 5. Included in the CD-ROM portion of the disc are thoughts on each beatitude that explain these verses in ways that I had never put together before. After reading through that, each song better fits into the over all theme.
This CD has been challenging me all week as I've listened to it and thought over the messages it contains. It's like nothing else Shaun has put out to date and is simply amazing. He might never top this one message wise. Yet it's also so fun to listen to I'm sure I'll wear out the disc very soon.