Rating: 3 of 4
MercyMe comes out swinging on its seventh studio disc, “The Hurt & The Healer.” Most of the battles, though, are against personal suffering and guilt.
The soft gliding title track demonstrates the band’s brand of enlightenment. Over musical Kings of Leon touches, lead singer Bart Milloard bares a confession: “So here I am. What’s left of me/Where Glory meets my suffering.” In these kind of moments, MercyMe captures the delicate balance between failure and redemption. “Hold On” sets a tranquil beauty atop a mountain, “And the world you find makes you catch your breath.”
Among the best, “You Don’t Care at All,” pumps out a title chorus that has all the power of dropping a girlfriend until we quickly realize that it’s God who doesn’t care about past mistakes — it’s a nice pop trick.
There’s lightness among the cries for salvation. “To Whom It May Concern’ longs for audience participation — and gets it — from all those who have tumbled along the path: “We’re not throwing stones ....Oh oh oh You can’t go alone. Hey hey hey We won’t go away.”
Rating: 3 of 4
Parole denied again for John Lennon’s killer
John Lennon’s killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.
- PHHS marching band, Directors Jazz Orchestra to perform The Pendleton Heights High School Marching Arabians Band and Directors Jazz Orchestra are putting on a show for the community at 6 p.m. Sunday at Falls Park.
- United Way wants community to pull together United Way of Madison County decided to encourage the community to pull together – literally.
- Historical Society opens camera, photography exhibit Photos freeze moments in time to look back on, and now the public can catch a glimpse at how photographic technology has evolved.
- Historic barn tour and workshop Sept. 19 Across Indiana, barns of all ages and types have been successfully rehabilitated for modern farming and other uses. On Sept. 19, Indiana Landmarks offers BARN AGAIN!, a workshop to help owners maximize use of vintage barns.
- Glass tours offer unique perspective Although many visitors to the Elwood Glass Festival go for the food, vendors and rides, they also have a unique opportunity to visit the glass factories that give the festival its name.
- Alex Grand Prix set for Aug. 23-24 The third annual Alexandria Grand Prix Street Race will be held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Alexandria.
- Glass Festival celebrates Elwood history With a snip from Mayor Ron Arnold's scissors and a performance by the Elwood High School marching band, the 43rd Elwood Glass Festival officially kicked off Friday.
- 43rd Elwood Festival kicks off today A new community mascot is just one thing to celebrate this weekend. The 43rd Annual Elwood Glass Festival runs today through Sunday, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marcy Fry said there are plenty of new attractions for the decades-old event.
- Live music: Aug. 15 The following listings for live music and entertainment at area venues are published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.
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