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Hurt & the Healer

Hurt & the Healer

UPC: 736211602091

Format: CD

Release Date: May 22, 2012

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Personnel: Dan Muckala (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Bart Millard, Barry Graul, Mike Scheuchzer, Nathan Cochran (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: F. Reid Shippen.
Recording information: Echo Mountain Studios, Asheville, NC; Glomo Studio; Townsend Sound.
Editor: Dan Muckala.
Photographer: David Molnar.
Award-winning, Texas-based Christian rockers MercyMe's eighth studio album, The Hurt & The Healer, is billed as a "celebration of that moment when these two worlds collide... the deep need for healing and the God who provides it." That sentiment is most affecting on the title cut, a soaring, midtempo ballad that ponders "I'm alive/even though part of me has died/you take my heart and breathe it back to life," but it's not the only sure-to-be fan favorite to be found here. The emotive, reverent "You Are I Am" and the bluesy "Take the Time," the latter of which features guest vocals from Bear Rinehart of fellow CCM superstars Needtobreathe, are both first spin highlights, and the propulsive, upbeat opener "You Know Better" sets the pace and mood with a road trip-ready chorus set against a driving, alt-rock backbeat. The Hurt & The Healer may not deviate much from the fairly predictable, anthem-heavy template of previous outings, but few bands in the genre are as adept as MercyMe when it comes to implementing that sound effectively. ~ James Christopher Monger


1 - You Know Better
2 - You Don't Care at All
3 - Hurt & the Healer
4 - To Whom It May Concern
5 - You Are I Am
6 - Take the Time
7 - Don't Give Up on Me
8 - Hold On
9 - Best of Me
10 - First Time