- Audio CD (Nov. 11 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B00000J6BZ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
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Chapman,Steven Curtis ~ Speechless
If he wasn't on your list before, you better add Steven Curtis Chapman to your contemporary Christian music (CCM) superstar group. Speechless, Chapman's 11th album in his 12-year career, reaches new heights and testifies to a songwriting brilliance that is almost unmatched. This album will undoubtedly increase Chapman's score of 29 No. 1 hit CCM singles. For the first time, the ebullient singer/songwriter has made a record with his touring band (instead of with studio musicians) and the tightness and familiarity shows. The opening "Dive" (Chumbawamba fans will love the chorus here), "Speechless," and "Fingerprints of God" are its strongest moments; then there's the deeply moving and emotional tribute "With Hope," an ode Chapman wrote for close friends who have lost children and are struggling to find a reason to live. Top-line producer Brown Bannister enables Chapman's beautiful release, evidenced by the final track, "Be Still and Know," which features a lengthy symphonic introduction. At this level, you can't expect dramatic departures from what has worked so well, but what you get here is the work of an artist who is perfecting his muse. Buy this today! --Michael Lyttle
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What I find most amazing about SCC is that he appeals to the younger generation as well as the older and literally bridged the generation gap. I recently loaned several of my CDs to a young Christian girl and this one was amongst some very upbeat and loud, typical young people's music CDs. I was surprised when she came back and told me that she had enjoyed this album more then any of the others and she had gone out and bought herself one. She just loved the song "Dive".
In April, we got the news that my daughter, who lived in the States, had gone to be with the Lord. It was in the afternoon that we received the phonecall and we were all too shocked to really come to grips with the tragedy. During that night I put on this album and, when I got to the song "With Hope" I hit the repeat button on my player and just listened to it and cried for hours and hours. Just knowing that I will see her face again was such a comfort to me.
The opening track "Speechless" is so descriptive of how we are when we consider God's love and mercy which is so undeserved that there are no words for it.
"Let Us Pray" is also a wonderful reminder of what our prayer life should be like... unending!! "What About The Change".... so many people who profess to belong to Christ do not have this evident in their lives and this song is so straight to the point of what we should be doing!!
I also found the song "The Fingerptints of God" so inspiring for young teenagers who are struggling with their images and do not realize that they are miracles in the making and that 'God is not Through yet He is only getting started' and that all creation silently applauds as God continues to fashion and form them.
His song "The Invitation" is a great song for a non-Christian to listen to as he describes so accurately how unworthy we are of God's love and that we stand in 'our rags of unworthness' while God gives the invitation to 'come in' all because of what His Son did for us on the cross.
I could write for hours about this great CD but will end by encouraging everyone who does not have it to please buy it.. you will never regret doing so.
"The Invitation" is a wonderful song and is a good song for those who are not Christians or are not fully dedicated to Christ at the moment. It is a wonderful songwriting piece. "Whatever" is a fun track that has some more of Steven excellent guitar playing skills on display. And it's got a great chorus. "I Do Believe" is another fun track that is just plain good. "With Hope" is a sad song that starts off with "Jesus loves me" sung by Erin Mullican. Erin I assume died at an early age since this song was sang by Erin while he/she was 3. Its a somewhat sad song but it is about hope that we will see Erin in heaven. And that offers a great intro to the next song. "The Journey" is as if somebody is traveling to heaven and goes well with the song before it since Erin is now in heaven. Yeah! "Be Still and Know" is a quiet piece that ends the album on a bright note.
Speechless is a great album that stands as one of Christian music best. And shows Chapman's fine songwritting abilities at work.