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World Anthem

World Anthem

UPC: 044003142381

Format: CD

Release Date: Sep 27, 2011

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Personnel: Jonathan Thulin, Sada Jackson, David Hanley (vocals); David Thulin (guitars, programming); Sal Romeros (guitars); Mike Adams (drums); Sasha Brens (dancer); Gina Hanley (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Mark Dorflinger.
Recording information: Dream/118 Studios, Simi Valley, CA.
Photographer: David Thulin.
In the mirror world of Christian music, where trends in pop are carefully studied and closely replicated in the service of a religious message, David Hanley's group Press Play represent an effort to adapt the hard-charging electronic dance-pop of acts like Black Eyed Peas, P!nk, and Lady Gaga to the spiritual realm. Hanley's fellow musicians, synthesizer programmers, and producers attack the dancefloor with fast BPM tempos, over which he and singers such as Sada Jackson and Jonathan Thulin bark out such slogans as "Start a revolution," "Change the nation," "Join the movement" (all heard in leadoff track "World Anthem"), and "Let's get the fire started" ("F-I-R-E"). Early on, they concern themselves more with attracting attention, soft-pedaling the implicit Christian sentiment with more catch phrases that could be taken to represent friendship or romantic love. "I am yours forever," they sing in "Just Like Lightning," for instance. As the disc continues, however, the tempos slow, and the lyrics become more direct, until, finally, Jackson sings, "God is the difference" in "Change the World." From there, the album concludes with a few ballads full of praise and worship as if, the listeners having been corralled from the dancefloor, they now can be given the straight story. A godless cynic might say that performers like Hanley and company contrive their sound-alike music, unconcerned with the art form. But to a believer, any vehicle that can help convey sinners and the uninitiated to salvation is worth driving, as long as Jesus takes the wheel. ~ William Ruhlmann


1 - World Anthem
2 - F-I-R-E
3 - Let It Out
4 - Just Like Lightning
5 - Walking on Air
6 - Three Little Words
7 - Raise It Up
8 - Truth Be Told
9 - Change the World
10 - Save My Life
11 - Give It All
12 - Angels Sing
13 - Prayer