As one of Petra's keyboardists, Trent Thomason gained firsthand experience on how traditional rock music, adult contemporary pop, and Christian messages can blend into one sound. Relying mostly on a gentle pop/rock sound, Thomason's message of faith is typical of most singers in the genre. Layering his songs with lush keyboards, dreamy guitar, and understated percussion, Thomason has a smooth croon that recalls the early-'90s work of Michael W. Smith. Occasionally straying into genuine hard rock, Thomason occasionally shows off an energetic approach that fondly brings to mind his previous employers' '70s work. But for the most part, this is straight-ahead CCM that would be at home on any Christian radio station. Thomason is quite the adept songwriter, delivering catchy tracks that hinge on echoing guitars and moody melodies. Although this album may not be noticeably unique, Hold out Your Hands is a solid collection of songs that introduce a talented singer to the world of Christian music.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano