I had the pleasure of listening to this album in it’s entirety on a recent trip to Memphis. I was pumped to have the time where my attention could be wholly given (except for the driving thing, of course) to the 11-track album Out of Body. While I’m not an expert in music, I am an expert in listening to music, so what I will offer you is my reaction to this album after listening through it all for the first time, with a quick note: I had heard 2 of the tracks before the full album release, “Who Am I” and “Mercy’s Shore.”
My first thought to share after listening to all of it is that Needtobreathe is one of the best, most authentic, bands playing music that will not only resonate with you, but will also spark a fire in your soul if you let it. The key is, will you let it? Are you in a place to receive music that says ‘it’s ok to not be ok’ because there is a God that knows.
The band is known for their deep spirituality showing up in their songs, but they also have a lighter side. I’m thinking of one of my favorite songs, “Girl Named Tennessee,” from the 2009 album The Outsiders.
See? It’s just fun. Well, don’t hold your breath because Out of Body has no such song… and that’s OK! Each of the tracks are either thought-provoking in their projection of who God is to us as His creation, or lovely in their profession of love towards another person. Yes, I’m referring to “Banks.”
And if you ever feel like you are not enough, I’m gonna break all your mirrors.
I want to be there when the darkness closes in to make the truth a little clearer.
I want to hold you close but never hold you back, I’ll be the banks for your river.
With every album that they release, I am becoming more and more of a lifelong fan. I would even greatly hesitate to say they “make Christian music,” let’s just call it music about life on earth, the ups and downs, the love and loss, the heartbreak and hope, it’s just plain ol’ great music that’s about God but never comes close to preachy.
-Out of the Wilderness