It could be said that Big Daddy Weave has been a band that
has suffered from somewhat of an identity crisis throughout its five
albums. In listening to the sixth and
latest offering “What Life Would Be Like” that crisis may be closer to a
resolution. Big Daddy Weave has given us
ten tracks that supply lyrics that at times fall into the abyss of cliché. More
often, as in the title track however, they provide some honest thoughts into
what we all so often find ourselves doing: attempting to repair our own issues
and shortcomings while forgetting that the “double edged” power of God provides
all the answers we seek and also demands that we pass that hope on to the
world. The lyric “The world waits, while His heart aches” from the title track
well summarizes the focus of this above average effort by the five man band,
fronted by lead singer Mike Weaver.
That track is actually second on the disc. Opting instead to start out on a surprising
note bringing myself, and I’m sure most to say, Is THAT Big Daddy Weave?” “The
Day You Found Me” is a romp thru Rascal Flats vocals and Keith Urban inspired
melodies. Fans of today’s country will
be instantly trapped in this unforgettable lyric and melody. A very strong
start to what quickly becomes an obvious attempt by the band to point the
listener on the path of both hope and the need to share that hope with the
Tracks like “We Want the World to Hear” further that
message, and don’t mistake all this “evangelistic fervor” as an excuse for
sloppy or meaningless lyrics and second rate music and production. I can’t say that this disc will get the band
any major awards, something that has always eluded the “Masked Band” of
Christian Music. It is however a grand
effort to both deliver a message and provide the listener with music that is
energetic and impressive. “Revive Us Again” takes a cue from the David Crowder*
Band talent of taking older songs and making then new. I
remember this song from my earliest days, (on eight track as I recall) and
performed as a Southern Gospel foot stomper!!
It was old then but the new delivery works well in its slower, more
praise-ballad-driven format. The remake
of Phil Collins Pop radio anthem “Another Day in Paradise”
follows the theme of the record but makes one wonder if it was more of the
unfortunate attempts of late to offer radio stations a familiar song they can
play to make things “Safe for the Whole family” without really adding anything.
Relationships prevail throughout the record, both those with
the world and those closer to home.
“Blue Skies”, “Right with You”, and “Falling into You” deal with
personal, spousal and heavenly relationships in a hopeful light. The project wraps with “Just Like Somebody
Else” bringing the effort full circle from new found faith to complete
surrender to Christ.
Big Daddy Weave probably won’t be headlining shows at your
closest Coliseum as the result of this record, and that’s not the point anyway. This is a record that delivers on all
points. The message is clear and in
focus. The music is quality and well
written with a few unexpected but welcome twists and turns. The production is also impressive and
completes what is not only a quality piece of art for art’s sake, but an honest
and relatable story that most all listeners within the body can easily relate
to. The identity crisis can be put to rest.
Big Daddy Weave, followers of Christ!
Works for me!