Love the new NeedToBreathe album – The Outsiders

by admin on October 29, 2009

NeedToBreathe The Outsiders

Okay, there is not a song on this album that I want to skip past. And I’ve got to tell you, that doesn’t happen very often with most albums these days. There’s usually a dog or two thrown in to round out the album that you just can’t stand and you can’t help but skip it.

No skipping on The Outsiders.

NeedToBreathe tries to avoid being pigeon-holed into any particular genre. Some of the songs have a deep Christian meaning, but then other songs are just plain fun or beautiful to listen to without striving for deliberate theological meaning. Their sound can be described as Southern Rock, Country, Alt-Rock, with hints of Bluegrass laced throughout nearly every song.

I think the title for this album, The Outsiders, came about as a statement that NeedToBreathe doesn’t want to be considered only one specific genre, but to be outsiders and fit into a wide range of listener’s tastes. I enjoy a wide variety of music which is probably why I enjoy NeedToBreathe’s work so much.

Track list –

  1. The Outsiders
  2. Valley of Tomorrow
  3. Through Smoke
  4. Lay ‘Em Down
  5. What You’ve Done To Me
  6. Hurricane
  7. These Hard Times
  8. Stones Under Rushing Water
  9. Prisoner
  10. Won’t Turn Back
  11. Girl Named Tennessee
  12. Something Beautiful
  13. Garden
  14. Let Us Love

One of my favorite songs is “Stones Under Rushing Water” and here’s a video of an excellent acoustic take by the band. On the CD, Sara Watkins, (formerly of Nickel Creek) provides some of the vocals and it is just beautiful to listen to.

Lyrics to “Stones Under Rushing Water” –

Why don’t we dance anymore
I’m not ok with that
Why don’t we laugh anymore
I’m not ok with that

The years go by like stones under rushing water
We only know when it’s gone

Why don’t we smile anymore
I’m not ok with that
Why don’t we dance slowly
I’m not ok with that

The years go by like stones under rushing water
We only know when it’s gone

The years go by like stones under rushing water
We only know when it’s gone

Why don’t we dance anymore
I’m not ok with that

[extra lyrics for the above acoustic version not on album version]

Oh when it’s gone

Oh the years go by like the waters in our lovers eyes
Oh the years go by like the waters in our lovers eyes
The years go by like the waters in our lovers eyes
Oh the years go by like the waters in our lovers eyes

I just get chills listening to it. On one listen, the song speaks of regret and appreciating what you have while you still have it. It makes me look at my wife and kids and understand just how precious they are to me. On another listen, it comes across as a love song that speaks of a wistfulness for a time when their love was fresh and new. I don’t know, it’s just a great song lyrically and musically.

Give it a listen –

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