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

JFH Staff Review




The Afters
I Wish We All Could Win



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 10 tracks: 41 minutes, 30 seconds
Street Date: February 22, 2005


Straight out of Mesquite, TX, The Afters are a new pop/rock group on INO Records and its brand new division, Simple Records. Earning ample underground success under the name Blisse, The Afters blend many popular musical influences with honest and worshipful songwriting on their national debut, I Wish We All Could Win, for what makes a real winning combination.

Fans of Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, and U2 might notice a little influence here and there in their sound, but it's rather difficult to nail down one specific comparison. In a time where modern worship suffers from a lot of the same, The Afters stand out from the crowd. I Wish We All Could Win opens with the driving alt pop/rock sound of "Beautiful Love," which sets the tone for the rest of the record. "Someday" is an example of the catchiest aspects of the band's sound and versatility, along with the melodic anthem "Love Lead Me On." "All That I Am" proves the guys can just as effectively write a worship ballad as a rock song. Although the lyrics are rather straightforward and simple ("I will love You with all of my heart / Jesus, I'll love You with all of my mind / Jesus, I'll love You with all of my soul / Jesus, I'll love You with all that I am"), the layered and string-enhanced arrangement raises the song well above the norm and is one of the strongest songs on the record.

The Afters' approach to worship is a classy and thoughtful one with more album highlights like "Love Will Make You Beautiful," "You," and "Wait." Fans of CCM artists like Stereo Motion, Steve, Paul Colman, and Smalltown Poets will want to look into this release. The Afters are the best new artist to come out of INO Records yet.

- Review date: 2/20/05, written by John DiBiase

 

CD

Buy This CD Online


. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: INO / Simple Records
. Album length: 10 tracks, 41 minutes and 30 seconds
. Street Date: February 22, 2005
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Beautiful Love
  2. Until the World
  3. Someday
  4. Love Lead Me On
  5. All That I am
  6. The Way You Are
  7. You
  8. Love Will Make You Beautiful
  9. Wait
  10. Thank God I'm Not the One
spacer Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics

 

 

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 18
Tiffany Coburn Near To The Heart: Cherished Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration [StowTown]
Lauren Daigle You Say (Live) - Single [Centricity]
Jordan Feliz Changed (Live) - Single [Centricity]
PEABOD Left Out (feat. Chad Mattson) - Single [Centricity]
Planetshakers Rain Part 1 - EP [Venture3Media]
Switchfoot Native Tongue [Fantasy Records]
Various WoW Gospel 2019 [WoW Gospel]


Next Friday, January 25
Bethel Music Victory [Bethel]
Casey J The Gathering [Integrity / Tyscot]
Catch the Fire Presence (Live from Toronto) [The Fuel]
Equippers Worship Equippers Worship (Live) [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]


For all release dates, click here!
 


New Music Reviews


Listen to the new episode of the JFH Podcast!

New Indie Reviews


New Movie Reviews


Free MP3 Downloads