Inhabited’s Love grabs your attention at first listen with sounds you don’t hear a lot in Christian rock: Marcus Acker’s staccato guitar groove, a little punctuating rap, the throaty alto of frontwoman Sara Acker and a beat that sets your toes tapping, if not your hips swaying. Remember, we’re talking about music directed at a community where some people still consider dancing immoral, no matter what King David did. Inhabited does this a lot on its sophomore album, and that’s when the Houston-based band is at its best. The first single, Hush, is a primo example, a girls’ empowerment tune fueled by a call-and-response rap and a steady beat from drummer Charlie Harper. Even in a more meditative mode, the trio can maintain that clubby composure, such as I Want to Know.
That is not Inhabited’s only sound. The group also offers up some traditional rockers and ballads, and does them well. Song to the Fatherless is a particularly lovely song taken, like many of the bands lyrics, from interactions with fans. The title track has mainstream Christian radio written all over it. But Inhabited’s strength is in its more distinctive voice, and it would be great to see that develop in future projects.
New music today includes: Re:Zound's Abandoned to You, Shawn McDonald's Roots and In Christ Alone: Modern Hymns of Faith & Redemption from Matt Hammitt and Bethany Dillon.
Check out our Winter Jam photo album, if you haven't already.
Selah will be in concert at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church's new Great Commission Center at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Tickets are $15 and available at the door in advance by calling (859) 266-4341.
Don't forget Mark Harris of 4Him fame at Northeast Christian Church on Friday, March 28.
Newsboys will be in concert at Pikeville's Eastern Kentucky Expo Center at 6 p.m. April 6.
If you want the cheap rate for Ichthus, there's not much time left. March 14 is the last day to get an all-weekend ticket for $89. Then it ticks up to $98, and the kids rate goes from $57 to $53 from ages 7-10.