Bethany Dillon

Album Title: Waking Up
Release Date: April 3, 2007
Genre: Singer-Songwriter
Ohio based Bethany Dillon has again produced an album wise beyond her years as the lyrical and vocal tones on Waking Up are not only inspiring but intellectually reflective and based in the harmonic vocals signature to Dillon, which her fans have come to know and love.

While I was somewhat apprehensive about the new songs sounding like repeats from Imagination, Dillon absolutely amazed me with the freshness of her lyrical content and vocal crescendos. Her signature whisper is still apparent, but there's an added harmony, something velvety smooth and mature coming into play. "The Kingdom" is a surefire hit for radio play which seems to be in the headspace of a person studying the Bible, asking questions along the way, but above all, seeking God to reveal more of His Kingdom to them. "Come Find Me" possesses lines like, "My rescue is invisible for now/but I can't seem to shake this hope so dangerous", jump out as the raw honesty of how it feels to be in the process of justification. Tons of other tidbits of thought grace Dillon's lyrical brilliance, including "If I'm breathing in/does that mean you still want me?", "Tears rolling down my face/I can't help but say that/Jesus you were more/than I was ready for", and "How do you lock eyes with someone whose invisible?" All completely relatable moments that cover Waking Up with jewels of humanity.

"You Are On Our Side" is a gut wrenchingly beautiful acoustic melody at the end of the CD that drives deep to the core of all the miraculous things we don't expect God to do for us when we smite Him, but He does with a supernatural love that not even the Christian heart can fully grasp. The stand out verse, "You sit at the table with the wounded and the poor/you laugh and share stories with the thief and the whore/when you could just be silent and leave us here to die/still, you sent your Son for us/you are on our side/." That's how big a love Bethany Dillon is talking about, God's love. With the CD reading like a poetic best seller and all of the songs being tied together thematically, this is one of the best thought-driven CDs of 2007. Check it out; it'll make your heart explode.

Writer: Lindsay Whitfield

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