This is going to sound a bit silly and overly dramatic, but I really appreciated getting to listen to Austin French’s debut album. I hadn’t heard any of his previous work, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. A lot of pop artists write peppy sounding songs that make you feel happy while you listen to them, but I walked away from this album and I kept that joy just a little bit longer. It was refreshing to hear songs that actually helped me to remember how awesome it is that I’ve been saved and how blessed I should feel all the time.
Just take a listen to “Freedom Hymn,” one of my favorite tracks from the album, and you’ll see what I mean.
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This is the sound of chains breaking
This is the beat of a heart changing
This is a song of a soul forgiven
This is my freedom hymn
It’s hard to know what to say after a chorus like that, but these are the types of songs we need: songs that trade a soulful proclamation of God’s grace to us rather than a tepid regurgitation of Christian catchphrases.
“I Need a Hallelujah”
Pick up a copy of Wide Open. Your soul deserves to celebrate, and your Savior definitely deserves the praise.
Austin French’s Wide Open is a great album that reminded me to celebrate my salvation.
– 5.0 Stars
A copy of this album was provided to me by the record company in exchange for an honest review, which is what you’ve just finished reading.