This is the first album I’ve ever reviewed by request of the artist. Not the first request, but hopefully not the last. I’d like to thank Rhett Canipe for asking me to do this.


The album starts off with “My Bravery”. A stirring celebration of what Jesus accomplished on the cross, featuring a chorus of whoas or ohs or whatever they’re saying. Unless you’re of the crowd that wishes the audience would either learn the words or shut up, it shouldn’t phase you. Didn’t bother me.


“The Invitation” calls all people to come to Christ, and this is where he sounds a little like Mike from Tenth Avenue North during the chorus. In “Breathe”, Rhett expresses a need to get closer to God. Probably the song with the most potential to be covered.


“Vessel” starts off with a cowboy hot desert sun twang which seems to contrast with the sea metaphors running through the song. A little contrast can be a good thing, however, because it gets your attention.


The longest song on this EP, “Hold Me Now”, at 6:37, features the voice of Audrey Assad, who seems to be everywhere these days. A piano-driven track that lasts longer than its lyrics would lead you to believe, it’s a nice way to end an album. Pulled back and forth like sweet taffy (a good thing, I assure you).


With a mixture of the expected and the surprising, Rhett Canipe’s EP leaves me in a paradox. I want more, but yet it’s just enough. Enjoy!

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