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Lou Reed receives ‘death threats’ over Metallica album | Celebrity Buzz – KKRW 93.7 The Arrow Houston’s Classic Rock Station.

Is it just me or do metal fans seem to be a bit………..umm………tightwadish? Okay seriously if you make one album that’s different than the other that is called artistry. As one who, for the most part, is not a metal-head that happens to appreciate things like Ozzy, Motorhead, Van Halen, etc. But do you have to be so uptight about EVERYTHING?! Come on!


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SuperHeavys debut album in stores today

If you haven’t heard already, Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, Joss Stone, Damien Marley and A.R. Rahman have all joined forces in a way equivalent to the Justice League to release an album.

The Wild Heart wants to know what artists would you like to see record together? Better yet, who would be your dream band members if you could construct a band?

Here is mine.

Drums: either Rick Allen (of Def Leppard) or Phil Collins (of Genesis as well as his impressive body of solo work)

Guitar – lead: Eddie Van Halen (of Van Halen)

Guitar – rhythm: Nancy Wilson (of Heart)

Keyboards: Michael W. Smith

Bass: Tina Weymouth (of Talking Heads, Gorillaz inc, and Tom Tom Club)

Lead vocals: Roger Daltry (of the Who)


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Sammy Hagar: ‘I miss Van Halen’ | Celebrity Buzz – KKRW 93.7 The Arrow Houston’s Classic Rock Station.

I must admit, and I know I will probably anger many Van Halen purists, but it must come out: I like the Sammy Hagar years of Van Halen. I don’t know why, but I think it is because of this video here:


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Van Halen Working On New Album With David Lee Roth | Rolling Stone Music.

OMG! This would be amazing! I know David Lee Roth can sometimes be a bit of a man-diva, but let’s face it, with the wave of classic rock artists like Heart, Stevie Nicks, and Def Leppard releasing albums of new material, I would predict that this album or at least the tour would go far and sell well.


Happy 30th birthday. I wish I could say that you’ve come along way baby. Who knows, maybe you have but is that a good thing?

Please play some videos!

When you started out, you were a burst of sheer amazingness. I wasn’t even born in 1981 and watching all the classic MTV stuff on YouTube & VH1 Classic is still amazing. Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, JJ Jackson, Martha Quinn, & Mark Goodman introduced everyone  to the greatest pop/rock & R&B to ever grace a television set: Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, the late Michael Jackson, Stray Cats, Dire Straits, all those amazing other new wave & rock bands. Better yet, there were also the legends like the Who, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Heart, Van Halen, and Yes that had innovative videos that made them cooler and bigger than they were already.

Unfortunately Mtv you disgust me. You don’t air videos. Sure, you air that crap you call the Jersey Shore or those whiny rich kids that dominate The Hills. All I can say is that you no longer deserve that “M” in your title, but rather an “S” – SuckTV because you are terrible. You don’t air videos anymore and when you do – they suck. Lady GaGa is horrible and a ripoff artist – remember Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons? Does her style not remind you of Lady Gaga? You have traded your originality for unoriginal, mindless, uninspiring entertainment. The last decent video you had in this century was a Taylor Swift video in which Kanye West interrupted her VMA speech for said video. Gone are the days of “You Better Run,” “Big Love,” “Money For Nothing,” “Take On Me,” and “Thriller.” Do the math.

So MTV I have some advice for you and I want you to listen very well: PLAY SOME VIDEOS! Do not play the Jersey Shore. I know thousands of people that would love you to do this.


A few months ago I was given a book called “Rock to the Top: What I Learned About Success From the World’s Greatest Rockstars” by Dayna Steele. Steele is a former on-air personality at the now-defunct Rock 101, KLOL in Houston, TX. In the book, she talks about her time at the station and how she learned to be successful from people like Gene Simmons, Van Halen, etc.  During the 70s-90s, KLOL  was one of the most-listened to stations in Houston, TX. Not only that, they were entertaining with DJ’s like the late Steve Stevens and Jim Pruett – who got many FCC fines doled against them for their onair antics. In 2004, KLOL became MEGA 101 – a Spanish station. I was 18 at the time and just learning more and more about my much-loved classic rock.

KLOL changed formats due to low Arbitron ratings – something that radio lives and dies by, much like the Nielsen ratings for television. Low Arbitron ratings means lower ad revenue, which makes the station lose money.

However, one thing has slowly changed as my generation has come of age and as another one is waiting in the wings: music, as a whole, has come full-circle. What I mean is there is not a generational gap between what say someone’s parents liked and what the individual likes. I think this is due to many factors including well-loved movies using classic rock songs, Mtv in the 90’s when they would air the Unplugged series and other videos, Glee, television specials (Example: The Beatles Anthology airing on ABC in 1995 – thus introducing the Beatles to a new generation) as well as downloading music and YouTube.

Also, the climate of radio in Houston is an utter disaster. When Cox radio gets rid of a rather popular 80’s radio station called 106.9 the Point, rebrands it as a classic alternative station THEN cancels that idea after a single year and simulcasts 107.5 the Eagle – Houston’s only great station. Even worse, I can pick both stations up and I live less than 5 minutes outside the 610 loop. Houston, we have a problem!

With that said, I think they should bring back KLOL – albeit with a little tweaking. It would still be an AOR station where the djs pick what they want to play – the way that it should be. If this were to happen, I would like to see some of the surviving djs return if they so choose, but also give some new blood a try. I think Houston is ready for KLOL to return to the airwaves if it ever does. There’s only 3 true rock stations in Houston – a travesty! Additionally, since the one thing that possibly killed the station was the fact that they ignored the grunge scene – I say embrace some of the new acts & the old acts. Also, don’t be afraid to play some of the new albums of the classic rock artists. Some things only get better with age and music is no exception.

Disney Rocks! 25 ways that Walt Disney rocks…..or at least has ties to music we like (or hate)

Posted: May 27, 2011 in lists, Uncategorized
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It’s summertime and everyone is on vacation if they have the means to do it. (I don’t) One of the greatest places to go vacation, no matter who you are, is Disney World. Also it seems like every summer Walt Disney Pictures (or Pixar) releases another amazing movie whether it be this years Cars 2, or the blockbuster movies they’ve released over the past couple of summers: Tarzan (1999), Mulan (1998), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010) and my favorite – Finding Nemo (2003).

Also, the Wild Heart herself, a.k.a Christina, is a huge fan of all things related to Disney. So here it is people: the 100 ways that Disney Rocks!

  1. Disney made a really cool (yet scary) roller coaster called Rockin Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. According to the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2007, the original artist the Imagineers had in mind was none other than the Rolling Stones. Another band that was considered was U2. However both were considered too pricy. Therefore Aerosmith offered a more reasonable price. There was also a rumored to be a Rockin’ Roller Coaster starring none other than No Doubt. However, it was never made.
  2. Early trailers for Finding Nemo used Down Under by Men at Work, though the song itself never appears in the film.
  3. The stage at what is now currently called the Fantasyland Theater at Disneyland in California was the original Us Festival stage. The Us Festival was a massively large festival held in Southern California that featured such acts as the Divinyls, Stray Cats, Ramones, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, and Van Halen. It was originally the Videopolis Stage shortly after its usage at the Us Festival. The Videopolis stage itself was host to 80’s teen idol royalty including Debbie Gibson, The New Kids on the Block, Tiffany, Pebbles, Janet Jackson, and the Jets. It was also the place where they filmed an American Bandstand-style show for the Disney Channel during the 80’s.
  4. In 1990, the Disney Channel released an original movie called Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme. The film featured a “who’s who” of 80’s rock, pop, & R&B stars as well as rock legends in roles as characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Some of these popstars included Cyndi Lauper, Bobby Brown, ZZ Top, Deborah Harry (of Blondie), Little Richard, Brian Setzer (of the Stray Cats and Brian Setzer Orchestra), Warren DeMartini (a.k.a “Torch” from the hair metal band RATT), and Dweezil Zappa. The film also starred native Houstonian Shelley Duvall.
  5. On September 11, 1986, Disney opened a new ride at Epcot Center that starred the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. It was called Captain EO. It closed in the mid-to-late’90s but has since regained popularity after the death of Michael Jackson. It has even reopened at all of the parks except for Disney Shanghai.
  6. The pop singer Powerline from A Goofy Movie, was based off the King of Pop himself: Michael Jackson. However, Powerline’s vocals were provided by Tevin Campbell, who had a few R&B hits in the early-mid 1990’s.
  7. The soundtrack to An Extremely Goofy Movie features covers of Nowhere to Run by John Avila of Oingo Boingo and Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.
  8. Walt Disney Pictures attempted to do a remake of the Beatles animated film Yellow Submarine starring Cary Elwes as Paul McCartney and featuring California-based Beatles tribute band the Fab Four. It was to be directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) It was to be a 3D computer-animated film. However, in 2011, Disney backed out of the film due to the fact that motion-capture performance was becoming a much-criticized factor and another film that used that technology, A Christmas Carol, underperformed but was still successful at the box office. 

    Yellow Submarine was set for a 2012 release

  9. The friendly vultures in The Jungle Book (1967) were meant to closely resemble the Beatles. Their song That’s What Friends Are For, were actually meant to be voiced by the Fab 5, but due to scheduling issues with the band, the song was changed to a barbershop quartet number.
  10. During the 1980’s, Disney studios founded Touchstone Pictures – which is still a Disney subsidary. It has released many movies that have had hit soundtracks including 1987’s Good Morning Vietnam starring Robin Williams, which included the memorably juxtaposed scene of the war in Vietnam with Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World. The soundtrack to the film also included songs by the Beach Boys, James Brown, and Martha and the Vandellas. The soundtrack itself was certified platinum.
  11. Disney’s Touchstone Pictures had another hit on their hands in 1990 with Pretty Woman – named after the Roy Orbison song of the same name. The film launched the career of Oscar-winner Julia Roberts and relaunched the career of Richard Gere. The soundtrack, which was released before the film, included the hit #1 single It Must’ve Been Love by Roxette. The soundtrack also included Fame 90 by David Bowie, King of Wishful Thinking by Go West, No Explanation by Peter Cetera (formely of Chicago), Tangled by Jane Weidlin (formely of The Gogo’s), Show Your Soul by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and (Oh) Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison.
  12. Journey featured two then-new songs on the original motion picture soundtrack to Tron including 1990’s Theme and Only Solutions. They did this after British rock band Supertramp dropped out of the film. Only Solutions was later included on the Frontiers album.
  13. The sequel to Tron, Tron: Legacy prominently featured songs Separate Ways (World’s Apart) by Journey and Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by the Eurythmics. The soundtrack itself features Daft Punk – who also make an appearance in the film at the End of Line club. Separate Ways (World’s Apart) is also on Journey’s Frontiers album.
  14. The soundtrack to the 1988 Touchstone hit motion picture Three Men and a Baby included Daddy’s Girl by Peter Cetera.
  15. The Touchstone release Beaches included the hit song Wind Beneath My Wings by the movie’s star, Bette Midler. It won the 1988 Grammy for Record of the Year.
  16. Another Touchstone hit motion picture, Cocktail starring Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue, also had a hit soundtrack. The soundtrack included the massively popular Kokomo by the Beach Boys as well as other songs by John Cougar Mellencamp, Starship (formely Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship) and the Bobby McFerrin hit Don’t Worry Be Happy.
  17. In 1993, Touchstone released What’s Love Got To Do With It, an biopic about Tina Turner and her relationship with her abusive husband Ike. Ike Turner was played by Laurence Fishburne and Tina by Angela Bassett.
  18. Kelly Osbourne, daughter of Ozzy Osbourne and star of the hit reality series The Osbournes was originally offered the role of Anna, the teen who switches bodies with her mother in Disney’s 2003 remake of Freaky Friday. The part was eventually given to Mean Girls actress Lindsey Lohan.
  19. For the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday, No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani was offered a role as a member of Anna’s band – but she turned it down.
  20. The guitar that Jamie Lee Curtis plays offstage in the film Freaky Friday during the show at the House of Blues is an Ernie Ball/MusicMan Steve Lukather (Toto) Signature Model.
  21. Lindsay Lohan had to learn to play the guitar for Freaky Friday. She would later go on to record 2 of her own albums including 2004’s Speak.
  22. A member of the band Orgy instructed Jamie Lee Curtis on how to play the guitar. In the concert sequence, that is actually Curtis during the solo.
  23. Food Rocks was an Epcot attraction that parodied many famous bands including the Beach Boys (“the Peach Boys”), Little Richard, Cher, Peter Gabriel (“Pita Gabriel”), The Police (“the Refrigerator Police”) and Tone Loc. It was closed in 2004 to make way for Soarin’.
  24. At Epcot’s World Showcases’ United Kingdom Pavillion, there is a cover band called the English Channel that plays the hits of the British Invasion of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
  25. Also at Epcot’s World Showcase Pavillion, the American Gardens Theatre hosts many cover bands of American artists and artists from abroad that are popular in the US such as Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Journey, Bruce Springsteen, Heart, Janet Jackson, U2, the BeeGees, and the Eagles. It also has hosted other hit acts such as Taylor Dayne, Hanson, .38 Special, and Night Ranger.

…………or at least bring back happy memories of summers gone by.

Since it is a nice day in Houston, so much that I went swimming, I figured I would tell you what my picks are for the 10 best songs of the summer.

  1. Cruel SummerBananarama.  Every single summer, I keep thinking this and usually I am proven wrong by my own best friend, family or new friends. This especially happened one summer when I had a bad semester in college previously. I was thinking that things were going to suck but they didn’t. I found a great lifegroup at church, I kept busy with summer school taking spanish (I enjoyed watching “las peliculas de Disney”) and social problems . I hung out with my best friends a bit, and even got to do 2 mega articles at the school paper. It was one of the best summers I have ever had.
  2. California Dreaming – The Mamas and the Papas. Almost every year in highschool, my parents and I would take a trip to California. We would usually hit up Los Angeles and/or San Francisco.
  3. UpShania Twain. Remember what I just said about my family’s trip to California? Well this song really brings back some memories. After much begging on behalf of me to my father, we finally got to go to Universal Studios Hollywood so I could ride the Back to the Future ride. (my dad had a longstanding hatred of Universal after they released that Last Temptation of Christ film and he outright refused to go there to that place) Either way, he caved in and took me and my mom to Universal Studios. At the time, I was enduring some fallout from things at school – both highschool drama and the fact that I failed a class and would have to retake it with a teacher that treated me like scum. So as I was at Universal Citywalk, this song comes on and it made me feel better. Oh and the following school year was one of the best that I remember having in highschool. So I guess things did look up for me.  
  4. Give It UpAvalon. If you grew up evangelical christian like I did, summer meant that it was time for camp – which would usually mean that somehow or some way you would end up dedicating your life to Christ again or making some sort of life change and making a promise that you probably would break to Jesus. The same thing would happen on mission trips both foreign and stateside. It’s an unfortunate ordeal. That is why I picked this song in retrospect because God calls us to give him your all 24/7 365 days a year, not just in the summer or when it suits you.
  5. Down Under – Men At Work. If you were someone that were a teenager around 2003, you may or may not remember that they used this for the film the rockin’ awesome (and very funny) Disney movie Finding Nemo – at least in the advertisements. That was the best summer film that Disney has ever put out next to Flight of the Navigator
  6. Round and Round – RATT. Picture this if you live in Houston: it’s the eighties, the temperature reads 90 degrees but the humidity is through the damn roof and you’re sitting by the pool with your cold drink of choice and the radio’s blasting ROCK 101 KLOL (before it became MEGA 101) and this song comes on. Perfect day isn’t it?
  7. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden. This basically sums up every single summer in Houston – hot, humid, and when it rains it is nothing short of sheer amazement.
  8. Sister Christian – Night Ranger.For some reason, people seem to forget that people graduate all the time during the year – especially if you go to Devry University or are on the quarter system. However, for some reason this song reminds me of a highschool graduation. Maybe it has something to do with the video.  
  9. Shackles (Praise You) – MaryMary. Like I said before, I am a Christian – but not a perfect one. This song brings back memories of when I was about to enter highschool at my parent’s church’s youth group. I did the mission trip that they called Houston 2001 (now Houston Project, for all you people who attend Houston’s First Baptist Church). This song was a bit, uh, overplayed on both KSBJ and at church. Either way, I like the song because it is very catchy and I love MaryMary’s harmonies.
  10. Maggie May – Rod Stewart. The ultimate summer love song.
  11. It’s The End of the World As We Know it (and I Feel Fine) – R.E.M. One thing said, you must send much love to the boys from Athens, GA. My vote for best simple video.
  12. School’s Out For the Summer – Alice Cooper. My parents generation, as far as shock rockers go, got Alice Cooper. My generation gets Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga. I think Alice Cooper’s is better because he wrote what every single person thinks about school.
  13. I Cannot Get You Out of My SystemNewsboys. Probably one of the greatest Christian bands of my childhood. I have always loved their rotating drum set that they use in concert. Better yet, they are original when it comes to their sound – a rarity in Christian music even to this day. Sheer amazement.
  14. Beautiful Stranger – Madonna. You gotta love Madonna. She is always cutting-edge, but sometimes she does go too far. (I wasn’t a fan of her standing on a cross during the Confessions on a Dancefloor tour – very offensive to me as a christian) However, I still like and even forgive Madonna – unlike some christians. I love this song. It reminds me of when I was 13 and I had to stay with my grandmother. I would watch VH1 and this song would always come on.
  15. You Found Me – FFH. What does FFH stand for you ask? It stands for Far From Home. They were a popular contemporary christian band back in the late’90-early 2000’s. They sounded a bit like John Mayer but ALOT better. I was in love with the bass line of this song, and still am! Also, the blending of their harmonies is nothing short of awesome. God has truly given them a gift.
  16. Time of the Season – The Zombies. Now picture this, a day at the beach with your love. Fireworks are going off because, well, it’s the 4th of July (if you live in the US that is), barbecues making some burgers (or veggie burgers) and corn on the cob. Perfect day isn’t it!  I probably would be accurate in saying that this defined summer when my father was a teenager sometime in 1969 – the year that Woodstock and the poorly planned Altamont happened.
  17. Extreme Days – TobyMac. Probably one of the best Christian artists ever. This basically defined summer 2001 for me – the summer where I left middle school and entered highschool. At the time I was a wannabe extreme sports person, but I did not succeed even at my sport of choice – rollerblading and skateboarding.
  18. Ice Cream Man – Van Halen. Who doesn’t like ice cream or Van Halen for that matter. I like both.
  19. Conga – Miami Sound Machine. ANYTHING Miami Sound Machine (or Gloria Estefan for that matter) sounds very summer-like!
  20. Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas. Perfect song for the summer from Motown Records.

What do Apple Computers, Steve Wozniack, Mtv, Ozzy Osbourne, The Ramones, the Cars, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks,

The Us festival quite possibly was the best festival since Woodstock and Altamont

 Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead, Missing Persons, and Willie Nelson all have in common? The greatest music festival since Woodstock 1969 of course: not the butt of a Homer Simpson joke on The Simpsons but rather the US Festival!

What is the US (pronounced “us” not “u-s”) festival you ask? It was the biggest musical festival since Woodstock and the poorly planned 1969 Altamont festival. It happened on Friday, September 3 and went through Sunday, September 5, 1982 – Labor Day Weekend and happened again on Memorial Day Weekend, 5/28/1983-5/30/1983. It finally ended on July 4, 1983. There were different themes for each day: country day, rock day, new wave day, and heavy metal day. The lineup consisted of such great artists as INXS, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks (both with Fleetwood Mac and as a solo act), Van Halen, U2, and the Clash.

It was literally the biggest festival since Woodstock.

However, it has never been released on dvd or blu-ray. But it has been shown in increments on VH1 Classic. I think that needs to change, don’t you?

Here are the 10 reasons Steve Wozniack needs to release this great festival on dvd and blu-ray:

1. Bono climbs the scaffolding during U2’s set.

Bono is a great showman, no doubt. However, this is the height of greatness when the greatest frontman of one of the greatest (and possibly the most controversial) Christian bands of all time decides to pull a stunt that could quite possibly put him one more step closer to God.

2. Breakfast with the Grateful Dead

What happens when you get pothead’s that are ending their “last dance with Mary Jane” all in one place? You get “Breakfast with the Grateful Dead!”

3. A blitzed David Lee Roth takes shots at Mick Jones of the Clash onstage.

You gotta love it when one rock star fights another. It’s like one of those moments that says “sucks to be you buddy!” As history has it, the Clash and Van Halen already had a fight going on when guitarist Eddie Van Halen decided to criticize the music that the Clash played by saying that it was “like music that I played in my garage.” At the Us festival, a clearly blitzed David Lee Roth said “I wanna take this time to say that this is real whiskey here… the only people who put ice tea in Jack Daniel’s bottles is The Clash, baby!” Roth only took one time to bash the Clash.

4. Heavy Metal Day

The artist lineup for that day was quite possibly the best lineup of heavy metal artist that ever walked the face of the earth. It was a sellout crowd with an estimated 375,000 attendants. It was, as Motley Crue’s Vince Neil put it “the day that New Wave died & rock & roll took over.” With a lineup that included the likes of Van Halen, Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph and Scorpions – Neil’s point is well-taken.

5. Stevie Nicks babble’s and has technical issues.”

The night was a rather interesting night for rock goddess Stevie Nicks. For starters, she was high and a little off-key on her hit single “Edge of Seventeen.” But the more funnier and greatest moment of her set was when she performed her upcoming new hit single (and signature song) “Stand Back.” Nicks says nice things like “I am only talking cuz I should keep my mouth shut” and then tells the audience that she will “hand deliver it [her now-classic album The Wild Heart] to each one of you. I will! We will………sorta like Girlscout cookies!” She is clearly high at this point. she shows that she has a sense of humor when she starts explaining the lyric “be standin’ in” means and of course introduces the band. However she gives a great performance of “Stand Back” for the first time ever and that is what makes this performance memorable. Also, during the performance of “Edge of Seventeen,” Nicks dedicates the song to her late best friend, Robin, who passed away from leukemia during the success of the release of “Bella Donna.”

6. The Ramones perform “Rock and Roll Highschool.”

Words cannot describe this.

7. Pat Benatar sings “In The Heat of the Night.”

Never has a song been so fitting for both the time of day (or night in their case) and even the weather – which was a blistering 110 degrees in the middle of the day.

8. The Divinyls

Now, to anyone born after 1985, such as myself, they are known as a one-hit wonder band. Apparently they were labeled wrong because they did a bang-up set at the Us Festival. However, one must wonder what was lead singer Christina Amphlett was thinking with the fake ugly teeth.

9. Fleetwood Mac performs Tusk minus a marching band. However, the mac daddy and company make up for it by having keyboardist Christine McVie rock out on the accordion. Who knew that playing the accordion could make a person even more amazing than they already are? Christine pulls it off very well.

10. David Bowie electrifies the crowd with “Let’s Dance.”

David Bowie is one that never ceases to amaze.


Up until 1985, nobody ever would have thought that the words “Amy Grant” and the word “rock star” would have ever been uttered in the same sentence. That is, until 1985 when she released Unguarded.

This was definitely an album that broke many barriers within Contemporary Christian music back in the 1980’s. For starters, not every song was about Christ – some, such as I Love You, were love songs written for her then-husband, Gary Chapman.

For a Christian album, it has very few musical weak spots and one thing is clear: Grant knows how to rock. She proves it on the opening track, Love Of Another Kind, a track that seems reminiscent of  Jump by Van Halen. However, Grant truly shines on Find A Way and Wise Up. However, they sound better when performed in a live setting.

Unguarded shows its weakness in the end song, The Prodigal – which is a retelling of the story of the prodigal son from the perspective of the father. It is simply overproduced and cheesy.

Overall, I would highly recommend this album due to the fact that, for a Christian album, it does state the beliefs of the artist in a very creative way but at the same time, it does not come across as too preachy.