In September 2003, Flicker Records released Stereo Motion's self-titled debut. The foursome, made up of Bryan Nance Jr., Brent Lain, and brothers Dallas and Justin Morgan, offers listeners a 1960s/1970s classic rock sound the band hopes will endure for years to come. The album is bursting with musical energy and vocal passion, which was achieved by producer Jason Burkum's decision to record the project's basic tracks live in the studio. In an interview with the band's label, singer/songwriter Nance commented, "Recording the record live was a very cool idea to us because that's how so many of the great bands recorded in the '60s and '70s. It's a practice that doesn't happen that often anymore, and there were a lot of risky elements to the process. We had to really think and sweat through each song, but that gave us the chance to pour way more of ourselves into it than if we broke up each part individually." Lyrically, the songs on the album leave room for ambiguity. For example, at times it is difficult to distinguish if a track is lyrically directed to God or to another individual. Bassist Justin Morgan explained, "Bryan and I wrote all of the lyrics, and our goal was to deal with real world issues using a universal language, instead of just writing about the same old 'Christian' issues you've heard about time and time again. Our faith is the center of what we do and who we are, but we relay it through poetry or metaphors to really drive home our points with an audience who may or may not be Christians." Perhaps the best example of metaphorical use is in the song "Ghost," which deals with times of spiritual distance due to our own sin. Another song of note is the poignant yet melancholy "I'm Here to Save You," which offers a dramatic look at the crucifixion. Overall, Stereo Motion's debut is a fun album whose classic rock sound will fill a niche in Christian music.
AllMusic Review by Ashleigh Kittle