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Music Spotlight Tuesday: 4Him- Face the Nation

If you love 80's and early 90's music- like me- then you'll consider this album a jewel.

Christian quartet 4Him's sophomore album Face the Nation was released in 1991. Face the Nation consists of twelve songs embodying the message of Christ's power backed by that timeless 80's/90's sound.

There are ballads, pop-like tunes, and even jazz- a wide variety that perfectly fits 4Him's vocals and harmonies.

Here are my top 5 songs from Face the Nation and why. They are listed chronologically based on the their track numbers, not by top preference.

1. He Never Changes- The very first track on the album offers a glimpse of the musical and melodic mix that only gets better with each song. As fit for the introductory song, 4Him sings about God's faithfulness, love, mercy, and grace. As the chorus states, "He never changes, He's always the same."

2. When the Walls Come Down- This is the fourth song on the project. It begins by describing when the walls of Jericho fell down led by Joshua. Then brings that application of faith into the present by believing God to knock down spiritual walls through prayer. "Where ya gonna' be when the walls come down?"

3. Chisel Meets the Stone- My favorite song on the album! This is a plea to the LORD to refine and chisel us into who He wants us to be. It is us giving up our will and desires to fulfill His. The harmonies on the chorus are beautifully tailored for the message: "Place my feet where the rubber meets the road. Shape my heart, to please Your eyes alone, that I may live my life where the chisel meets the stone."

4. Over the Horizon- Track 7 on the album. This is pure jazz! As I have written over and over, something special happens when the message of Christ is sang over jazz. The structure of the melody and 4Him's harmonies will put you in mind of the Hi-Lo's and Take 6. The message is about long-suffering, faith, endurance, and patience to see God's promises fulfilled and ultimately- seeing Christ glorified in Heaven. "Just over the horizon that's the mountains of uncertainty, the place where dreams become a reality. Somewhere on distance islands far beyond what human eyes can see, there is a better world awaiting me."

5. A Man You Would Write About- This is the eighth track. It is very introspective. You'll want to examine your life after listening to this one... You've been warned. The title says it all. The lyrics come from a heartfelt prayer to leave a legacy of hearing God's voice and courageously heeding His call. Becoming a Christ-like model that following generations could read about and following the same model. "I wanna be a man that you would write about a thousand years from now... a servant of choice... a man who heard Your voice."

In summary, this is a great album. I would dare call it a classic. Artists and groups simply do not create such Scripturally- sound and musically-rich comprehensive projects like this anymore. 4Him is a one-of-a-kind group who continue to stand the test of time. 


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