Editors’ Notes Making up for a three-year absence, Heath McNease serves up an extra helping of his word-slinging prowess on The Gun Show. This two-disc project — released at the same time as the more pop-oriented Shine On — taps into the Christian singer/songwriter’s deep reserve of freewheeling wit and relentless hip-hop beats. With the assistance of Playdough, the title tune flows with slick horn licks and self-mocking commentary. The guitar-powered “Space Cowboy” (offering a tip of the Stetson to Steve Miller) gets added heft from Red Umbrella’s production input. McNease slips into a skanking groove for “Everything Goes” and moves with a sweet folk shuffle on “I Will Live.” “Thank You” takes a wry look at romantic failure, veering into Jack Johnson/Mason Jennings territory. Amidst all the playful moments, The Gun Show offers such serous testimonies as “Makeshift Doxology,” an addict’s prayer for redemption. McNease’s light, supple voice and razor-sharp rapping style complement one another nicely.

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Chalk Outline
1
3:45
 
The Gun Show (feat. Playdough)
2
3:38
 
Everything Goes
3
4:20
 
Firing Squad
4
3:48
 
Nerd Out (12 Point Power Sword)
5
3:54
 
Thank You
6
3:28
 
Common Cold
7
3:07
 
Disco Biscuits (Matt Foley's Return)
8
3:47
 
American, Idle (feat. Pigeon John)
9
4:08
 
Space Cowboy
10
4:07
 
Pity Party
11
3:34
 
I Will Live
12
3:48
 
Rock Box
13
3:05
 
Y'all Ain't VIP
14
5:29
 
Zion (feat. Red Cloud)
15
4:50
 
All Hail Medusa (When A Gorgon Becomes a Siren)
16
4:11
 
Makeshift Doxology
17
5:12
 
Nintendo Thumb (Bonus Track)
18
4:08
 

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