Steve Camp

After God's Own Heart

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After God's Own Heart is a wee bit of a departure for Steve Camp, both musically and lyrically. The music veers toward a softer, more sweepingly sentimental adult contemporary sound, using piano more and screeching electric pop guitar less. Tenor saxophone and tender strings also turn up more often. Lyrically, Camp takes a break from his characteristic calls to righteousness, emphasizing themes of divine love and grace. It's possible that his willingness to wax mushy more often can be explained by the cheery pop tune "Nothing to Prove" ("Maybe it's just that I been getting older, but I've got nothing to prove to you"). But more likely it's just a desire for thematic variety. After all, there is a hint of the familiar cantankerous Camp in that same song -- "I can't live long enough to please everybody." And, in fact, future albums would prove that Camp wasn't through reminding his fans of their spiritual shortcomings.

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