Leeland

Love is on the Move

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More than almost anything put out in recent memory, Leeland's third album gets to the crux of the Christian faith, and by doing so creates a truly transcendent experience for listeners. It's apparent from the first note that the band's namesake and head man Leeland Mooring has expanded the scope of his craft by ministering to both physical and spiritual poverty. Several tracks were penned following inspirational life experiences and moments where that poverty came to light. Leeland inked the title track, for instance, after he and brother Jack stopped to help a homeless man while they were (ironically) on the way to the recording studio. The songwriter's dedicated approach to the recording process took even seasoned CCM producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band) by pleasant surprise. Leeland takes some chances on this record, from GMA's Male Vocalist of the Year Brandon Heath guest vocals on "Follow You," to the Sarah McLachlan-esque ethereal sounds of "Pure Bride." All of the chances pay off in the end, resulting in a finely crafted album that never strays from its sweet spot.

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