To kick off this series, I chose the bold and powerful duo LoveCollide. It consists of two sisters, Brooke DeLeary and Lauren Budnick, who decided to devote their lives to making music that motivates people to live a life with no regrets and honor the God that they serve. These girls are passionate about Christ, music, people, and helping the environment! They continue to be an example of what they portray through their lyrics which gives them a sense of authenticity. Their style of music is Christian pop and they provide plenty of fresh, playful beats paired with inspiring lyrics resulting in a very colorful sound with a great message, especially with this record. I will be highlighting their third and latest album, Tired of Basic. The main theme of this project is to live out-of-the-box with the kind of audacity and confidence that comes from a relationship with Christ. Its a call to action for the listeners to do away with the mundane and live loudly and boldly. I know these ladies personally and I am so proud of what they have accomplished through this work!
The album opens with a very unique and fun track that ultimately sets the tone for the record both musically and lyrically. It has a lot of quirky sounds and cadences that keep the listener intrigued. “Live like you’re awake” is the first line of the chorus and this song is encouraging its listeners to not ‘sleep’ through life but instead be fully aware and live in the moment. We should take risks, pursue our dreams, and make sure our loved ones know what they really mean to us. This song is filled with a bunch of strong percussion to symbolize the ‘awakening’ of your heart and soul and also the dawning of the rest of the album. A brilliant first track!
This is personally one of my favorites! I love the colorful synths woven throughout the track and the exuberant vibe of the song. It is paced very well and easy to dance to! This catchy tune is just a grand declaration of how the power and majesty of God is simply undeniable. I love how this track builds instrumentally as the song progresses and the girls’ vocals certainly keep up with it. Definitely anthem material!
3. I Don’t Want It
Now this song is a huge reflection of the current state of the girl’s heart and mind. They are telling God that any dreams, any acclamations that they’ve acquired mean nothing without Him. They are fully surrendering their livelihood over to God; every decision, every aspiration, every accomplishment, and anything outside of that, they simply don’t want it. The vivid synths continue on this track as they bring a sense of upbeat whimsy to the song. It’s extremely catchy and it won’t be too long before you’re singing along!
Ibil (I believe in loud) is probably one the boldest and most energetic songs on the album. Sonically, it is very forward with electric guitars and drums which gives it kind of a rock feel. The vocals are very pronounced and are sung with gusto and moxie. The message of this song is to live loud and unapologetically and everything about this track is doing just that! You will be hyped up and highly motivated after listening to this one, the energy is infectious!
5. Take Me On
This song has a strong rock vibe and is definitely instrumentally heavier compared to the lighter, synth-filled songs in the beginning. It represents the inner struggle that all of know too well. Fighting with ourselves can almost equate to a boxing match! The girls are expressing this constant tension that they have within themselves along with wanting to be changed and used by God.
6. So What
If you’re a Christian and you feel like you simply don’t fit in or you’re the odd one out, this song is for you! LoveCollide encourages you to not be ashamed of being different but instead embrace it. If the world rejects you, so what? Do as Jesus would do and LOVE. You’ll have lots of fun grooving to this one as it is upbeat and funky. It also supports a lot of healthy themes such as resilience and perseverance.
This is another one of my favorites because it is so soft and beautiful. It shows a more vulnerable side of the sisters and you can hear the subtle pain and emotion in their voices. Serving as a change of pace for the album, it is definitely much slower and gentler, almost like a ballad. They admit that when things are falling apart in their lives, its easy to put up a façade and pretend that all is good. Sometimes they even distanced themselves from God all the while knowing that they needed him. “I thought that you’d move on ever since I tried pushing you away secretly wishing you’d stay” the lyrics state. The raw honesty is truly striking and it very relatable to say the least.
8. Breaking My ❤
I can only imagine that this song is from the prospective of God to His children. Just as the last song revealed a more vulnerable of the girls, this song shows a more vulnerable side of God. When He sees His precious beloved get into trouble, flirt with the devil, and simply doing things that they shouldn’t, it breaks His heart terribly. The production of this song is incredibly breathtaking and the melody is spot on. I really love this one, definitely a staple!
This is a poignant call for revival. An anthem and a mission to spread the love and hope of Christ until it catches like a wildfire! The vocals on this track are as powerful as the message and the song builds like the flame its trying to portray. It has a great melodic hook and it seems to have almost a ‘mechanical’ sound to it which is very fascinating and adds a great flare. A prime example of cool sounds mixed with a deep meaning.
Lastly, the grand finale of it all! This song brilliantly wraps up the main theme of the album in a pretty little pink bow. musically, it has quite a bit going on with several different riffs and hooks and little quirky sounds here and there. They made sure to go out with a bang! We were made to be extraordinary so let’s live like it. This was a perfect way to end the record, with very strong vocals, sound, and an even stronger takeaway!
In conclusion, I think this is a remarkable work of art and I feel it should be listened to over and over again! It has meaningful themes and is sonically memorizing. Even if you are not a Christian, I still suggest that you take a listen because good music is still good music. If you are interested in this duo and what they have to offer, check out the links below and let me know what you think in the comments!
And stay tuned for the next artist that I will be highlighting!