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331. Invitation to Eavesdrop – Shaun Groves

INVITATION TO EAVESDROP (2001)

Shaun Groves

I was working at a Christian radio station in 2001 when a Cd hit the shelves I was completely unfamiliar with. A new artist on Rocketown record. His name was Shaun Groves. Nearly 10 years later that first album is still in my Zune. He would follow up with two other releases that were good, but no where near the complete success of this debut.

Groves has an uncanny ability to write a song that is completely originally and utterly familiar all at the same town. Acoustically written and arranged with electric instruments brought on top to punch up and fill out the track, you never lose the “song” with all the production tricks. That to say, it is all about the song. And these are some great songs!

The albums kicks off with “Should I Tell Them,” expressing the constant struggles of sharing the Gospel in all situations. Those struggles based mostly on our own failings and inabilities. “Damage Done” has such a great hook that if Jars of Clay recorded it, it would have been a number one hit with a bullet!

The centerpiece of the album is the piano focused “Welcome Home.” It has a real Marc Cohn (Walking in Memphis) vibe to it with a building arrangement that turns into a killer chorus hook. The common theme of asking God to make a home in our lives comes across much less trite than it may have in another artists repertoire. It’s the passionate vocals that lead to the believability and sincerity found in the song.

Other highlights include: Move Me, Satellite and the worshipful “Your Renown.” Another of the great CCM singer-songwriters that deserved better than the industry provided.

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  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 31, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Groves website is great. he is a very creative and prolific blogger.

    http://www.shaungroves.com/

  2. Brett C
    November 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Wow this is a great album. One that I totally missed out on. Thanks Dave for the introduction.

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