Music Review - Downhere (On the Altar of Love)

~ Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 1:45 AM ~

It has been a while since I last reviewed a music album, so when I received a press release on this new album  a month before it is due for release on August 23rd, of course I said 'Yes, count me in!'  (who wouldn't want to review a new music album?!!!) and immediately downloaded the album and listened to it!

More info from the press release I received:

"If their last record was a light-in-the-darkest-places announcement that “the end is really just the beginning,” then Downhere’s latest Centricity Music release arrives as an artfully textured but heartfelt declaration that, “True progress might mean we have to go backwards.” As students of history, Jeremy, Jason, Marc and Glenn have come to recognize and appreciate the fact that their faith is not simply their own—but that it’s part of a much larger communion of believers that stretches across cultures and thousands of years. And while we might have the privilege of bearing that torch during the short span of our own lives, they would say it’s important to recognize it’s not a torch we lit. It’s one that was passed to us by generations of faithful saints, and it’s one that we’ll soon enough be passing on to those who follow us.

At first blush that might sound like a heady concept for a pop album, but what Downhere has somehow managed to do is to translate those great truths into the most pop-friendly record they’ve engineered to date, carving out lush and hook-laden aural landscapes, complimented by a lyrical approach that feels personal and intimate. Or, to put it another way, On the Altar of Love is thoroughly passionate, but never preachy.

On the Altar of Love is really a proclamation of faith,” explains Jason. “It’s an encouragement to continue on regardless of circumstance, to continue this journey with joy and celebration, because we have a promise. We know where the journey ends. And we know that we’re not alone as we make our way. We have the companionship of Christ, and we have this vast family of brothers and sisters, and we have this great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us, who are cheering us on. So we want to cast aside the distractions, return to what is essential, and spend ourselves completely in response to the love we’ve been given."

More info on Downhere's website at

 The few songs in this album that captured my attention are:

#2 "Rest" - Very nice and catchy tune! Love it!
#5 "Living the Dream" - This is a light hearted and cheerful song, love the upbeat tune!
#10 "Turn This Around" - Love the inspiring message in the lyrics!

You can get their new album at:

I would like to give a note of thanks to Meredith from Centricity Music for this wonderful opportunity to review this album prior to its release! FYI, I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the link to  download and listen to the album to assist with my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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