ALBUM REVIEW               :           THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE

ARTIST                                  :           MATTHEW WEST

GENRE                                  :           POP/ GOSPEL

DATE RELEASED               :           2010


The moment you are done listening with the title track “The Story of Your Life,” which is also the first song in this album, you feel inspired somehow. The song is about controlling your life and consequential destiny attached to it.  Somehow you expected that the first song will set the mood and the musical style all throughout the record.

In “My Little Own World,” the singer sings about things happening outside of his domain and fear on missing something.  Any listeners can relate to this song and it has a good musical structure; just enough tempo to make you reflect and be happy at the same time.  The song is followed by another personal anthem like song “Strong Enough,” which explains why one has fear outside of one’s comfort zone.  However, Matthew Sweet tried to apologize by invoking the name of Christ that there is nothing to worry if one is not strong enough because of Him.

In “Family Tree,” he sings about the family not being the ultimate sacrifice but thinking of it as breaking a legacy and at the same time relying on them in times of when you need your support such as creating your own legacy and destiny.  Not only “To Me” is good musically and sounds innocent musically, it has down to earth lyrics talking about how one person is important to the other.  The best song in this record is “Survivor.”  It has a good beat and good musical structure crafted like an 80’s pop hit.

These songs are just only some of the good reasons why you need to listen to this album.  All the songs are totally unexpected when you think about gospel or Christian songs; the songs in here are too pop.  In fact, you wouldn’t know that it Matthew West is categorized as Christian music artist if you will not ponder on the lyrics.  You just might think that he is just singing about the usual pop ditties are made of.  You can also treat the whole album is autobiographical as the lyrics are too personal in some songs. The album is a delight to listen to thus, I rate this record with 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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