NEEDTOBREATHE: Hard Love

Christian-oriented music from Owl City to Twenty One Pilots continues to make substantial impact in the mainstream, and Bear and Bo Rinehart’s sixth major label release joins the action. Coded Christian lingo like, “Come to the fountain. Let me hear you testify,” abounds, serving up positive thoughts and love songs. Sonics range from gospel to stomping country to echoing Coldplay-style anthems, with Bear’s quavering yet strong tenor holding it all together from one track to the next, recalling Chris Martin one moment and Sam Cooke the next.

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