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The Altar And The Door by Casting Crowns

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: Rock, CD, Album, Recommended, Chart, Top Rated, Airplay, Popular
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Third studio album from the multi-platinum selling rockers.

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  1. 1. What This World Needs
  2. 2. Every Man
  3. 3. Slow Fade
  4. 4. East To West
  5. 5. The Word Is Alive
  6. 6. The Altar And The Door
  7. 7. Somewhere In The Middle
  8. 8. I Know You're There
  9. 9. Prayer For A Friend
  10. 10. All Because Of Jesus
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Reviewed by Mark Lawrence

After a hugely successful last few years with two platinum-selling albums and equally well received live projects, Atlanta pop rockers Casting Crowns return with an album which explores the theme of how religious life can sometimes be left at the door of the church and fail to overspill into the world outside. Traditionally album number three is a defining point in a band's legacy: some bands self implode and produce an album high on production sheen but low on song quality (Oasis), other bands though go on to produce their masterpiece (Coldplay, Radiohead). In Casting Crowns' case album number three leans closer to the masterpiece than the flop but leaves you with a sense that they have even greater things to come. This in essence is the quintessential rock album with a mixture of up-tempo guitar-driven riffs on songs such as opener "What The World Needs Now" and the title track, sitting alongside the more anthemic, arms in the air tracks such as "Everyman" and "The Word Is Alive". What is particularly impressive is the lyrical content of all the songs on the album, which are written out of first hand experiences of working with real people with real struggles. Throughout 'The Altar And The Door' Casting Crowns display real integrity, the huge success they have experienced hasn't become their god, instead every song is drenched in a passion for God and a longing to go deeper with Jesus. Lead singer Mark Hall still works as a youth pastor and this has clearly helped keep him grounded and this album is a reflection on this. 'The Altar And The Door' is clearly a Casting Crowns album in sound, content and style but this is far from being a negative thing and will appeal to both existing fans as well as draw in new ones.

Style: Rock
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 29091
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Reunion 602341011723
Items: 1
Release Date: 28 Aug 2007

Third studio album from the multi-platinum selling rockers.

Despite Casting Crowns’ successful records they are still the same down-to-earth people with ministry at the heart of what they do, both on the road and in their local churches.
Casting Crowns’ third album, 'The Altar And The Door' draws on this first-hand ministry experience with real people, real-life struggle and the faith that overcomes.
“At the altar everything makes sense” says Mark Hall, lead singer. “When we’re in the church and spending time with God we know what we’re supposed to do and how to live. Everything is black and white. But somewhere between the altar and the door, when we leave and go out into our lives, it all leaks out. Everything gets grey again. It’s like we have these two lives and the Christian life is the journey between the altar and the door... Trying to get the things you’ve got in your head into your hands, into your feet, into your life. This album is all about that journey of realisation, the struggles we encounter and the victory of seeing it as possible.”

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For more information about Casting Crowns, check the Casting Crowns Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)
Posted by Jason Ramsey in Dewsbury at 18:12 on Dec 13 2007

I love Casting Crowns. I cannot think of another band that has spoken so clearly to the church of issues that need to be addressed and yet still maintain excellence.

Their debut was a revolution to Christian music. Lifesong was lyrically genius and musically a let down. The altar and the door is a must have for anyone


Jason Ramsey's rating: 10/10

Posted by Abi in Scotland at 01:07 on Jun 13 2008

This is a must-have album. The message it gives is so inspiring and musically it is excellent. I love all the tracks, most notably 'East to West', 'Every Man' and 'Slow Fade'. Each gives a unique picture. However, the title track was on repeat on my ipod for a good few days. It highlights just how relevant this album is to everyday life and the struggles we face in trying to live as a christian in the world today. My favourite album of their three.

Abi's rating: 10/10

Posted by maxine in london at 17:56 on Aug 22 2008

I think if a person were wavering in their belief of God then this cd may just help them make their mind up about where they want to go with their faith. East To West is an extraordinary song and also Praise You In This Storm. I saw them live last year and they sound great and appear to be really humble people.

maxine 's rating: 10/10

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