Atlantic Recording (2011)
Needtobreathe’s newest record The Reckoning is a memorable mix of dancing worthy tunes and relaxing songs in an album that deserves a listen.
Needtobreathe is an American Rock band that is comes from South Carolina. Band members are all very talented and play more than one instrument. According to Wikipedia; Bear Rinehart, lead vocalist, also plays guitar, organ, piano, and harmonica. His brother, Bo Rinehart plays lead guitar, banjo, mandolin, and backing vocals. Seth Bolt plays bass, mandolin, and backing vocals. Drummer Joe Stillwell announced in July 2012 that he was leaving band after 13 years. While on tours they have Josh Lovelace doing keyboards and , backing vocals for them. The band also adds Randall Harris on drums for their tours.
The Reckoning was released as Needtobeathe’s fourth album on September 20 2011. Within this newest album is a bit of everything, and they pull it off quite nicely. It includes a little bit of different kinds of style. They have the country feel with the banjo and Mandolin and on the next song Oohs and Ahhs brings you the rock of drums and electric guitar. If you are into the bluegrass feel, Slumber is the song for you. Each song brings you through different emotions and styles , and by the end of the album you are feel satisfied.
The Musicians all play and sing with passion and power. The lyrics are honest and speak to a number of issues facing society and what we go through in life. They are encouraging and up lifting. In the song A Place Only You Can Go I feel deep respect for humanity. It is one of the quieter songs and is soothing to listen to the musical arrangement. It’s a mellow and soft ballad. The accordion is a great addition as well as the mandolin in this song. And as always the harmonies are beautiful.
Needtobreathe has a distinct sound to their voice, that gives them a trademark sound. The Reckoning only shortly after being released was number 1 billboard Christian album and number one billboard rock album , they have not only been on Christian top charts but The Reckoning peaked at number six on the billboard 200 album chart. The album also made the number 4 spot on the billboard digital album chart. In addition the song Oohs and Ahhs was used in an advertisement for a television series called Alcatraz.
I would highly suggest purchasing Needtobreathe’s newest release of The Reckoning. I don’t think you will be disappointed in the talent and passion of these musicians, and you will find yourself listening to them over and over again.
Melissa M is a Grade 12 student who enjoys a variety of music and her appreciation of music is passed down to her by her brothers.