Hear Us Say Jesus Enhanced, Import
If you want proof of the ever-deepening talent level throughout the Christian music world, go no further than southern Oregon's Seven Places. Expectations for Hear Us Say Jesus, the band's sophomore effort, were modest at best, considering the group is a relatively little-known act who garnered some buzz with an initial release (Lonely for the Last Time) and a slot on several big-name summer music festivals (Festival Con Dios and Cornerstone to name a few). Yet listeners will be pleasantly surprised when they encounter this energetic and thoughtful collection of songs that boldly proclaim the gospel. Stylistically many of the release's better numbers ("Fall In Line," "Even When," "Where Almost There," "All In My Head") may remind some of Third Eye Blind, Skillet, or even the Newsboys. But there is a fresh-enough appeal with frontman Seth Gilbert's expansive vocal range to stamp a unique mark on this brand of Christian pop. The group even explores new areas while adding strings and pedal steel guitar to several tracks as they look to grow artistically. As Gilbert sings on the opening song, "Fall In Line," "We've got something to say, We've got something to say." Indeed they do and it's worth a good, long listen. --Michael Lyttle
The All-American RejectsやSimple Plan、Switchfoot、（最近の）The Corrsなどが
True, genuine, spirit-filled lyrics and excellent musicianship and melody writing.
All three Seven Places CDs are amazing. I listen to them at least once a day
and are ministered to more each day. Don't pass this group up. If you can,
get your hands on some Psalms Project CDs also from these guys (Seth Gilbert).
They are truly one of the most unique and talented Christian artists right now with their brand of progressive modern rock (with a pop feel to it). The lyrics have a depth to them that gets into your soul. Check out "I Look Upon Your Hill" which comes from Isaiah 53 and others for a terrific and moving ballad. They also rock quite hard on "Fall in Line", "Even When" and many others.
The thing I like about this album, though, is that they don't stick to just one formula. Several of the songs have that unique and different feel that breaks up the album (where some other modern rock albums don't). The production of Aaron Sprinkle has truly helped them. They also are without a doubt a Christian band and they make no apologies for it! I wholeheartedly recommend it!
This second album sees a lineup change as well as a more mature sound. The sound is full and thick with guitar chops, rumbling drum beats and moving and passionate vocal harmonies. The sound gets under your skin. At first listen it could sound simple. Yet deeper examination reveals thick layers of sound and production.
The kids are talented. I have seen them live and they love what they do. It is evident in the energy they display. The lyrics are deep. They are not your everday Chrstian band lyrics that deal with "Sunday School" questions. They are real and believeable. And the band is relentless and fearless in their faith and offer no apologies.
It is a shame that you will never hear them on modern radio. Seven Places have talent above and beyond what you will hear. I recommend this album to not just lovers of Christ, but simply to lovers of great music.