It has been a little while, but it's time for another cd review. There are records that meet the standard for an artists sound and message, and then there are some records that are totally above and beyond that standard. The 5 men of Sanctus Real have made a record that sets itself apart from all previous ones, "Pieces of a Real Heart." I have to warn you that it's hard to listen through it without crying from the conviction and brokenness you feel from the songs. If you're familiar with their music, they have a great alt/pop rock sound and lead singer Matt Hammitt has a real raw gruff to his tenor voice. This album has a great pop sound and is at moments a little more mellow from the usual great rock sound they have. It's a different sound for the guys, but it really captures the messages of these new songs and I honestly feel it is a perfect fit. Matt truly has a great voice, and even though he's not using the rock gruff, his voice sounds as great as ever.
The songs have really clear and strong messages. Of course "Forgiven" has already been played on Christian radio for a while and in a little way kind of redefines their sound on top of being a huge and amazing song. "Lead Me" is a prayer song of God's leadership that every man needs to hear, amazing song!! "Dear Heart" talks about how our hearts are easily deceived by emotions and selfish desires. "These Things Take Time" is about the struggles faced living a life of faith and finding the truth to our questions. Every song on this record is a mini-sermon, and each song has a big heart behind it. That brings me to what the point of this record is to me personally. Even though my heart is in pieces from life struggles, I still have a heart, and it is very real, and it is completely the property of Jesus! Thank you to the guys of Sanctus Real for following Jesus and letting Him lead you with these songs and I pray that many people will be touched by them as I have been, even as I write this blog.
Thanks for reading, now go get this record listen and be blessed!! Romans 15:4
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