Needtobreathe, “Devil’s Been Talkin”

Contemporary Christian pop-rock act Needtobreathe has released the official video of Devil’s Been Talkin’, the latest radio single off their newest release, The Reckoning. Now I’m a sucker for any uptempo South Carolina-bred gospel jam, and Needtobreathe has mastered that old southern fried pop rock. Devil’s Been Talkin’ is just another fine example of how to tap into your roots and come up with a radio single that is both contemporary yet potentially timeless.

Slumber, Able, and Keep Your Eyes Open didn’t exactly set Christian radio on fire – the carrier peaked at a rather disappointing number 26 on the Christian rock chart – but Devil’s Been Talkin’ is a good bet to get Bear Reinhart and the rest of the gang back into radio’s good graces. With a rollicking banjo – is that a banjo?! – setting a firm ‘clap-yo-hands’ foundation in the background, a solid sing-along melody, a simple but interesting video, and, of course, Bear’s irresistible voice singing about the lies that the enemy foists upon us, Devil’s Been Talkin’ is my favorite single thus far from The Reckoning and a solid effort from a solid Christian band.

DEVIL’S BEEN TALKIN’
Needtobreathe

Bag of bones and blood red cheeks
Guilty from the words I speak
Say the truth will set you free
But it won’t for me
Cause I’m uneasy in my skin
Hangin on by a thread
Life it hasn’t left me yet
But I won’t forget
The devil’s been talkin

The ship is setting off to sea
But it’s sailing without me
I can’t help but feel I’m on
An island born to sink
The devil’s been talkin

We can’t change who we are
We are all alone

I’m running out
Of this hole alone
These fingers bled
Down to the bone
And I can’t move
This hell is cold
The chorus sings
This is home
The devil’s been talkin’

Bag of bones and blood red cheeks
Guilty from the words I speak
Say the truth will set you free
But it won’t for me
The devil’s been talkin’

Needtobreathe, “Keep Your Eyes Open”

Contemporary Christian rock group Needtobreathe’s southern-style Contemporary Christian style has always appealed to me, and the release of Keep Your Eyes Open from The Reckoning excites me for several reason. I love the introductory piano lines, the big drums, the powerful voice of Bear Rinehart, the easy singsong of the chorus, the encouraging tone of the song (despite its somewhat somber message… everything about Keep Your Eyes Open appeals to me. While no Washed By The Water or Lay Em Down, which takes its southern gospel roots to a beautiful crescendo, and are easily two of Needtobreathe’s most seminal hits, if Keep Your Eyes Open does become a hit – and track record and song quality both indicate that it should – we the CCM-loving public would be all the better for it. Easily one of Needtobreathe’s better releases from The Reckoning.

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN Lyrics
Needtobreathe

If you could soldier on
Headstrong into the storm
I’ll be here waiting on the other side
Don’t look back
The road is long
The first days of the war are gone
Take back your former throne and turn the tide

Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you
Keep your eyes open, my love
So tell me you’re strong, tell me you see
I need to hear it, will you promise me to
Keep your eyes open, my love

Just past the circumstance
The first light… a second chance
No child could ever dance the way you do
Oh, tear down the prison walls
Don’t start the curtain call
Your chains will never fall until you do

Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you
Keep your eyes open, my love
So tell me you’re strong, tell me you see
I need to hear it, will you promise me to
Keep your eyes open, my love

Open up your eyes
The weight is unbroken
Open up your eyes
Keep your eyes open

Don’t let the night become the day
Don’t take the darkness to the grave
I know pain is just a place
The will has been broken
Don’t let the fear become the hate
Don’t take the sadness to the grave
I know the fight is on the way
When the sides have been chosen

Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you
Keep your eyes open, my love
So tell me you’re strong, tell me you see
I need to hear it, will you promise me to
Keep your eyes open, my love

So show me your fire, show me your heart
You know I’ll never let you fall apart if you
Keep your eyes open, my love

Needtobreathe, “Slumber”

Contemporary Christian pop-rock band Needtobreathe, who scored two top ten 2009 Christian AC hits in Lay ‘Em Down and Something Beautiful from their 2009 release, The Outsiders, is back with a new single, Slumber. Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt, and Joe Stillwell – accompanied by Josh Lovelace on the band’s tour with Taylor Swift – have crafted another catchy southern gospel-type song that is decidedly more uptempo than the church organ-fueled shuffle of previous #1 hit Washed by the Water. Slumber is a delightful toe-tapper that should be able to gain the band even more fans in the weeks and months to come. Given Christian radio’s reaction to Slumber – one of the fastest-added, most-played, and most well-received new singles this week in Christian AC – I should expect an easy Top 10 hit for Needtobreathe. Go boys!

SLUMBER Lyrics
Needtobreathe

Days; they force you back under those covers,
lazy mornings; they multiply,
glory’s waiting outside your windows.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.

Tongues are violent, personal and focused,
tough to be with your steady mind,
arts are stronger then to broken.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.

All these victims stand in line for,
come step forth from the table just enough to get by,
all the while your invitation.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.

Take from vandals all you want now,
please don’t trade it in for life,
replaced your feeble with the fable.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.

All these victims stand in line for,
come step forth from the table just enough to get by,
all the while your invitation.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.

Sing like we used to,
dance when you want to,
taste for the breakthrough open wide.

All these victims stand in line for,
come step forth from the table just enough to get by,
all the while your invitation.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.
Wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.

Come on, sing like we used to,
and dance like you want to.
Come on darlin’ open your eyes.
I wanna sing like we used to.
I wanna dance like we want to.
Come on darlin’ open up your eyes