160. Redemption – White Heart
Just when this band got their act back together, they break up!
After several years of floundering in mediocrity and, well, quite boring corporate rock and failed attempts at a more alternative sound, they produced the most mature and musically precise album in their career and it would prove to be their last.
Originally a praise rock band with Toto like leaning, White heart was probably the second biggest rock band in CCM behind only Petra. But several band member changes and the inability to find their niche in the heavily nuanced and changing musical landscape, the band kind of disappeared for the true rock fans. Attempts at alternative like “Inside” proved beyond the bands pay scale. But the aptly titled “Redemption” was just that.
More acoustic driven and harmony focused, both musically and lyrically the band made huge strides in regaining its artistic presence. The ballads were less syrupy and appeared for honest and authentic, especially the wonderful “Honestly.”
The rockers are less anthemic and more stylized. I like to refer to this album as one filled with “smart rock” songs. Nothing flashy and limited production tricks, just great rock performed well and written with maturity and smarts. There is also, for the first time in several albums, the sense that the band was not trying to copy what was happening and music and just decided to be themselves. This was the first album since “Tale of Wonder” to have the same feel.
Great album and a great swan song.