Joe Frey: Hold Fast

Vermont native Frey previously offered seven songs over two collections which were combined in a self-titled release in 2014. Like that project also helmed by producer/co-writer Joel Rousseau, this collection boasts a hooky guitar pop sound servicing clear Christian lyrics. “Restore My Soul” paraphrases Psalm 23, while “Your Love Won’t Be Denied” affirms that the Holy Spirit brings believers not just forgiveness but also new, changed lives. Frey’s vocals recall Nate Ruess at points but also have a more Bono-like rock edge than the typical “worship leader turned pop singer” sound so common today.

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