enters the Billboard chart this week at #6
not yet rated by allmusic
Spotify online listen
nice to see alt christian music coming in high on the chart
if you don't like religion with your music it's not for you
doesn't bother me
this is a good album, music and lyrics
artist website - https://www.castingcrowns.com/home
Bio - from allmusic
The Christian pop group Casting Crowns formed in 1999 as a student worship band in Daytona Beach, Florida. Led by singer, songwriter, and youth
pastor Mark Hall, the group's initial lineup also included violinist Melodee DeVevo and a pair of guitarists, Juan DeVevo and Hector Cervantes.
The musicians relocated to McDonough, Georgia in 2001, and expanded their lineup by adding bassist Chris Huffman, keyboardist Megan Garrett, and
drummer Andy Williams. This augmented version of Casting Crowns released two independent albums on CD, both of which were well received in the
Atlanta area. One of the albums then found its way into the hands of Mark Miller, lead singer for the country group Sawyer Brown, who was struck
by Casting Crowns' driving pop/rock style and Hall's vocal delivery of his hard-hitting but devout songs. Miller signed Casting Crowns to his
fledgling Beach Street Records, a division of Reunion Records with distribution by the Provident Label Group, and took the group into the studio
along with co-producer Steven Curtis Chapman, himself a popular artist on the CCM musical scene.
The resulting album, Casting Crowns, was released in 2003 on the Beach Street imprint. It fared extremely well in Christian markets, eventually
going platinum and peaking at number two on the CCM charts. A sampler with five songs, Live from Atlanta, was released on Reunion Records in
2004, packaged with a bonus DVD containing band interviews and a music video. Lifesong, released in August 2005, became the band's most
successful record yet, cracking the Top Ten in the secular market while maintaining the band's religious fan base as well. Like its predecessor,
the record went platinum, and Casting Crowns' increased popularity helped send their follow-up album, 2007's The Altar and the Door, to number
two on the Billboard album charts. Meanwhile, the single "East to West" spent a record-breaking 16 consecutive weeks atop the Christian charts.
A Christmas-themed album, Peace on Earth, appeared in 2008, tiding over the group's fans (and yielding a number one hit, "I Heard the Bells on
Christmas Day") while Casting Crowns readied another LP of original material. Until the Whole World Sings arrived late in 2009, followed by the
live album Until the Whole World Hears in 2010. Inspired by the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, Come to the Well, the band's
fifth studio album, was released on October 18, 2011.
Album Review - from indievisionmusic
Love them or hate them, Casting Crowns has a great ministry, and their songs are equally as powerful and matter as much as any other artist.
Despite their sometimes formulaic song structure and lyrical themes, this album Thrive is possibly my second favourite album by them (The Altar
and the Door is my all-time favourite, and possibly the most overlooked album of their whole career). Released with a theme of us understanding
who God is (roots), coupled with the call for us to carry out God’s work amongst the nations (reach), Mark says it best when he reminds us that
surviving ‘…is not the life that God designed for us to live. That’s not saying that you’re not going to have problems. None of the New
Testament people had it easy. They all had troubles, some even at the expense of their lives…hard times are going to come, but God didn’t put
you here just so you could survive through hard times. He put you here to thrive, to dig in and to reach out…[Thrive draws] a picture of what a
believer, a follower of Jesus, would look like if they dug into their roots and understood God and themselves more, …[letting] God give them
chances to be a Christian…’ A great way to start off 2014 with an album that’s certainly going to be in my top 20 albums by year’s end, Casting
Crowns supporters and lovers of CCM are certain to enjoy this album and put it on their must-buy list. Well done guys for such a vulnerable
album, and in my opinion, the best album to be released in January 2014 so far.
2. All You've Ever Wanted
3. Just Be Held
4. You Are The Only One
5. Broken Together
6. Love You With The Truth
7. This Is Now
8. Dream For You
9. Follow Me
11. House Of Their Dreams
12. Waiting On The Night To Fall