Bloom (Audio Adrenaline album)

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Bloom
Studio album by Audio Adrenaline
Released February 20, 1996
Recorded 1995
Ardent Recordings, Memphis, TN
The Salt Mine, Brentwood, TN
House of Insomnia, Franklin, TN
Genre Christian rock
Length 50:29
Label ForeFront
Producer John Hampton
Audio Adrenaline chronology
Live Bootleg
(1995)
Bloom
(1996)
Some Kind of Zombie
(1997)
Alternate cover

Bloom is the third studio album released by Audio Adrenaline. In 1999, the album was certified gold by RIAA.[1]

Concept[edit]

Bloom represented a departure from the band's previous efforts into a more straightforward rock with hints of grunge music.[2] According to the band, both the title and the music reflects the way they've matured and "grown into a new phase of life".[3]

Recording[edit]

Bloom was recorded in 1995 at various studios on Tennessee, Ardent Recordings on Memphis, The Salt Mine on Brentwood, and House of Insomnia on Franklin. Recording was in charge of producer John Hampton, Erick Flettrich, John Painter, and Jef Curtiss. Hampton was also in charge of the mixing, while the mastering was done by Ken Love at MasterMix, Nashville, Tennessee.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Secret"   Barry Blair, Bob Herdman, Will McGinniss, Mark Stuart 3:43
2. "Never Gonna Be as Big as Jesus[a][b]"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 4:27
3. "Good People"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 3:26
4. "I'm Not the King[a]"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 3:53
5. "Walk on Water[a]"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 3:52
6. "See Through"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 4:58
7. "Free Ride"   Blair, Daniel Hartman, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 3:23
8. "Man of God"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 4:18
9. "Gloryland"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 4:24
10. "Jazz Odyssey"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 1:22
11. "Bag Lady"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 4:11
12. "I Hear Jesus Calling"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 3:22
13. "Memoir"   Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, Stuart 5:10
Total length:
49:32
a appears on Hit Parade
b appears on Adios: The Greatest Hits

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Greg Herrington - drums
  • Todd Collins - percussion montage, background vocals
  • John Hampton - percussion montage
  • Ben Cissell - percussion montage
  • Eddie DeGarmo - keyboard arrangements

Production and recording[edit]

  • John Hampton - producer, engineer, mixer
  • The Gotee Brothers - producers
  • Eddie DeGarmo - executive producer
  • Dan R. Brock - executive producer
  • Erick Flettrich - engineer
  • John Painter - engineer
  • Jef Curtiss - engineer
  • Todd Collins - additional engineering on "See Through"
  • Reid Waltz - additional engineering on "See Through"
  • Ken Love - mastering
  • John Falls - photography
  • Rusty Rust - aluminum photography
  • Kerri McKeehan Stuart - art direction
  • Brad Talbott - design

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[6]

Critical[edit]

Bloom was well received by the audience becoming the first album of the band to be certified gold by RIAA.[7] John DiBiase, of Jesus Freak Hideout, gave the album 4.5 stars out of 5, calling it "a brave and risky album for the band that only proved to be an ultimately wise stylistic change... it's among their best, and a dang good 90's rock album." Paul Portell, also of Jesus Freak Hideout, gave it 3.5 stars out of 5, and wrote that the album "showed Audio A's growth and potential... No 90's Christian rock fan should be without this monumental project." Sherwin Frias, of Jesus Freak Hideout too, praised the band's improved songwriting and called the album "fantastic" and "essential for any AudioA fan".[8]

Chart performance[edit]

The album peaked at #77 on Billboard 200.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RIAA website
  2. ^ Bloom Reviews on Jesus Freak Hideout
  3. ^ 100% Pure Adrenaline on CCM Magazine; Selby, Marykay (April 1996)
  4. ^ Bloom slip cover; Audio Adrenaline (1996)
  5. ^ allmusic review
  6. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  7. ^ RIAA website
  8. ^ Bloom review on Jesus Freak Hideout; John DiBiase, Paul Portell, and Sherwin Frias
  9. ^ Bloom on Billboard

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