Among Thorns

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It's always interesting to see the Biblical concepts that young Christian bands incorporate into their names, and Among Thorns is right up there with Jars of Clay. Musically, they're in the light alternative pop mode, with slick productions, silky vocals, and jangly guitars helping them convey their Scripture-based devotionals. "I Can't Deny" ties in images of nature with sweeping atmospheres and the often whispery, sometimes powerful raspy vocals of lead singer Chad Jarnagin. Other topics tackled via mostly upbeat grooves and modern sonics are prayer ("Home"), repentance ("Rescued"), worship ("Falling at Your Feet"), and a Psalm-like wonder at the mystery of creation. To paraphrase Ecclesiastes, this is nothing really new under the sun, musically or lyrically, but it's still an enjoyable CCM effort.

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