Everything Is Different
This reliable Christian duo’s music gains a new immediacy on Everything is Different. By recording the album’s basic tracks live, Shane & Shane create an organic setting for their open-hearted vocals and fluent acoustic guitar work. Lyrically, the album celebrates the transformative power of belief, drawing upon Shane & Shane’s experiences as worship leaders at their home church in Texas. “The Lord’s Prayer” and “My Hope Is Built” surround Scripturally based words with easy-flowing folk-rock arrangements. The accent here is on smoothly gliding melodies and warm sentiments, with “Worthy of Affection,” “I’m Alive” and “You Say, ‘I’m Rich’” standing out. While the album doesn’t emphasize rhythm, “My Portion” also stands out for its breezy shuffle beat. Shane Everett and Shane Barnard approach these tunes with a mixture of spiritual fervor and musical nonchalance, lending Everything is Different the feel of a living-room jam dedicated to the Lord.