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
- Weekend Calendar: March 7 Entertainment scheduled at area venues for March 7-9.
- Live music: March 7 The following listings for live music and other entertainment activities are published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.
'Cinderella' dancing into the Paramount
One of the world’s most beloved fairy tales will soon spring to life at the Paramount Theatre. This weekend’s performances will be the first time since 1997 that the local ballet troupe has performed “Cinderella,” AYBT board member Nancy Anderson said.
- 'Ghost' gets musical makeover The 1990 romantic film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore gets a sweet, often captivating, makeover in the musical playing this weekend at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis.
- Madison County Choral Festival features choirs from 6 schools Choir students from Alexandria, Elwood, Frankton, Lapel, Madison-Grant and Pendleton Heights will take part in the 2014 Madison County Choral Festival at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11.
- Songs 'n Sweets set for March 23 Lapel's Community Band kicks off the 2014 concert season with its sixth annual benefit concert for the Lapel Community Food Pantry on Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Life Center, Indiana 13 and 38 near Pendleton.
- '12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.
'12 Years a Slave,' McConaughey, Blanchett head list of 2014 Oscar winners
List of winners at Sunday's 86th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Oscar for best picture went to "12 Years a Slave."
- Teen Read 'n' Feed Festival on April 12 The 2014 Anderson Public Library Teen Read ‘n’ Feed Festival will include a writing contest for teens in grades six through 12 residing in Madison County.
"12 Years a Slave" wins Oscar for Best Picture
Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.
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