Various Artists

EFY 1999: A Season for Courage

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A very memorable collection of more spiritual themes aimed at teens. Right along the theme of valiance amid a spiritual battle, nearly every song sends comfort into the hearts of those enlisted. Several favorites return with new offerings, while a number of new voices lead the next charge. Kenneth Cope never fails to share sweeping messages, and "I Will Not Be Still" is no exception; it could convince even the shiest straggler to stand tall and declare glad tidings. Greg Simpson's description of "The Watchmen" brings to mind a vivid scene atop a fortress wall. Pleasant surprises come from Doug Walker, Cherie Call, and John McVey. Walker's "Stones in the River" personalizes the gospel during times of trial. "Promises I Keep" is what a girl tells her boyfriend when explaining her determination to remain chaste. McVey adds talented vocals and songwriting on the theme song and "Distracted," a powerful reminder to keep one's eyes on what matters most (sharing the truth). The entire album flows perfectly; it makes you stand up at the right times but keeps you silently pondering in between. Recommended as a sampler of some of the best songwriting talents in the Latter-day Saints industry.

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