Music Review: 'Rivers In the Wasteland'

Thursday, April 17, 2014


In my mind, Needtobreathe is the perfect combination of rock, country, and "Christian." (I put the last part in quotes because this isn't necessarily praise and worship music, but the messages in the lyrics are positive and the kind of music a Christian radio station would play).

William Stanley Rinehart III's voice is likely what draws me in every time. There's a part of his voice that reminds me of Caleb Followill from Kings of Leon, another band I love. He's got such a unique tone, the kind of voice you don't hear very often.

Off of "Rivers In The Wasteland," the most recognizable song is probably "Difference Maker." And while the lyric "I am/a difference maker oh I am ..." often causes to launch into the chorus of R.E.M.'s "Superman," I turn up "Difference Maker" every time it comes onto the radio.

Other hits include "Feet, Don't Fail Me Now" and "More Heart, Less Attack," but to choose a few songs from this album is futile. The entire thing is great, from beginning to end and back again.