Sometimes a listener will hear a new song on the radio, enjoy it, and anticipate the upcoming artist’s album. That scenario characterizes what happened to me in regards to Unspoken’s “Reason.” The first single off the record, “Just Give Me Jesus,” declares he is the only person/thing the believer needs. The title cut, “Reason,” states in the first line: “This year’s felt like four seasons of winter,” a declaration of life’s struggles. Other solid songs include, “You’ve Always Been” and “If We Only Knew.” All of the songs on the album come out of personal and band hardships. The record is vulnerable and filled with hope in God. The music consists of bouncy, soulful pop, and sweet harmonies infused with gospel and Latin tones. All the songs involve common Christian struggles and offer practical theology without being “preachy.” This album speaks to the heart and soul and gives one comfort and encouragement. (Centricity Music)
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