Get 40 songs FREE on the latest JFH compilation!
Get 40 songs FREE on the latest JFH compilation!

JFH Staff Review


City Harbor, City Harbor
CLICK COVER TO ENLARGE

City Harbor
City Harbor



Artist Info: Discography
Genre(s): Pop / Contemporary
Album length: 10 tracks: 35 minutes, 17 seconds
Street Date: February 4, 2014


Amongst 2013's emerging artists, one of the ones that slipped in more quietly is the worship pop duo City Harbor. City Harbor is rooted in Nashville and has been making waves since they started writing and performing together in 2011. Now signed to Sparrow Records (and after a male vocalist swap from Josh Varnadore to current member Robby Earle), the Nashville natives have since released an EP back in the fall of 2013, and are now poised to release their eponymous first full-length with Sparrow.

Comprised of Molly Reed and Robby Earle, the singer/songwriters focus on uplifting and honest lyrics while presenting their songs in a tightly wrapped alternative pop/indie sound. Their lyrics span anywhere from singing about letting go of their troubles and giving it all to God, to praising God for his grace and mercy, and encouraging other believers in their faith. Their lead single, "Come However You Are," exemplifies catchy hooks with their message of giving all their burdens to God and encouraging listeners to come just as they are to Him. Other highlights on the record are "Lift It Up," "Your Love Still Wins," and "Like I Am," all of which help round out their sound and the messages they want to share with their audience.

Instrumentally, the record is pretty standard CCM fare. City Harbor does a pleasant blend of indie and alternative with worship and commercial pop, which gives them a unique presence while staying well within the means of the radio-friendly sound. The piano and guitar are heavily featured throughout their music, and Reed and Earle do a great job of harmonizing their voices and trading lead vocal duties during songs.

City Harbor is a modest and engaging effort, and it does a good job establishing City Harbor's footing in the CCM world. While their instrumentation does a good job of utilizing both current trends and modern worship, their lyrics could be much stronger. Everything they're writing about is relevant and heartfelt, but it would be interesting to see them experiment with their lyrics on future projects. Regardless, City Harbor should satisfy fans of the alternative styles in mainstream music, while offering uplifting messages in their lyrics.

- Review date: 2/2/14, written by Cortney Warner of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: Sparrow Records
. Album length: 10 tracks: 35 minutes, 17 seconds
. Street Date: February 4, 2014
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Like I Am (3:02)
  2. Come However You Are (3:41)
  3. I Still Believe (4:16)
  4. Lift It Up (2:59)
  5. Somebody Tell Them (3:43)
  6. I Will Rest (3:24)
  7. Heartbeat (3:02)
  8. Your Love Still Wins (3:53)
  9. You're There (3:51)
  10. Leave It Here (3:32)

 

Leave a Comment

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 

JFH Sponsor Spot:

 

 

           
Check out the new album from Portraits Music!

Search JFH



Music Out This Week

This Friday, January 25
Bethel Music Victory [Bethel]
Casey J The Gathering [Integrity / Tyscot]
Catch the Fire Presence (Live from Toronto) [The Fuel]
Lauren Daigle You Say (Piano/Vocal) - Single [Centricity]
Equippers Worship Equippers Worship [DREAM Worship]
For All Seasons Every Good Thing - Single [Centricity]
Steven Malcolm The Second City [IVAV / Word]
People of the Earth Victory EP [Capitol CMG]
John Waller Explosions of Light [Radiate Music]
Vineyard Worship UK & Ireland Twelve:One - Dave Miller Live From Trent Vineyard [Vineyard Worship UK]


Next Friday, February 1
Apollo LTD Heaven (All Around You) - Single [Centricity]
The Singing Contractors Working On A Building, Hymns and Gospel Classics [Gaither]
Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers Goshen [RCA Inspiration]
Passion Follow You Anywhere (Live) (CD) [SixSteps]
The Ruins The Ruins [DREAM]


For all release dates, click here!
 


New Music Reviews


Listen to the new episode of the JFH Podcast!

New Indie Reviews


New Movie Reviews

  • Image Glass
    PG-13 (Theatrical)

Free MP3 Downloads