Life Is Beautiful (The Afters album)

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Life Is Beautiful
Studio album by The Afters
Released April 16, 2013 (2013-04-16)
Genre Contemporary Christian, Pop rock
Length 48:05
Label Fair Trade
Producer David Garcia, Ben Glover, Jordan Mohilowski, Dan Muckala
The Afters chronology
Light Up the Sky
(2010)
Life Is Beautiful
(2013)
Singles from Life Is Beautiful
  1. "Life Is Beautiful"
    Released: April 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)[1]
  2. "Every Good Thing"
    Released: February 19, 2013 (2013-02-19)[2]
For the soundtrack album, see Life Is Beautiful (soundtrack).

Life Is Beautiful is the fourth studio album and fifth album overall from Contemporary Christian-pop rock band The Afters, which the producer on the album is David Garcia, Ben Glover, Jordan Mohilowski and Dan Muckala, and will be released on April 16, 2013 by Fair Trade Services. The album has been met with critical and commercial successes, since it has been released.

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

The album was the No. 133 most sold album in the United States, and the seventh most sold Christian album.

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
CCM Magazine 4/5 stars[4]
Christian Music Zine (4.75/5)[5]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 squares[6]
Indie Vision Music 4/5 stars[7]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[8]
2.5/5 stars[9]
Louder Than the Music 4/5 stars[10]
New Release Tuesday 5/5 stars[11]
4/5 stars[12]

Life Is Beautiful has received mostly positive reviews. At CCM Magazine, Matt Conner told that "from their label debut I Wish We All Could Win to their latest Life is Beautiful, The Afters have proven themselves masters of meaningful pop. The band's first LP in three years is filled with radio-ready anthems that celebrate the human experience".[4] Emily Kjonaas of Christian Music Zine called it the bands "best work to date", which the album "speaks to the being of humanity, God’s greatest creation".[5] Cross Rhythms' Stephen Luff called this "a highly approachable album".[6] At Indie Vision Music, Jonathan Andre found that The Afters have "given 12 songs destined to be in the hearts and sung on the lips of many listeners of the band, long-time fans and newer fans alike."[7] Jesus Freak Hideout's Roger Gelwicks noted that "an album like Life Is Beautiful gets a passing grade, even if the seasoned band doesn't take nearly as many risks as they should."[8] At New Release Tuesday, Sarah Fine noted that the released is "filled with fun, encouraging and several heart-touching moments" that is about how "life's beauty rings throughout the entire record and is sure to stick with you long after each listen."[11] Jonathan Francesco of New Release Tuesday proclaimed that "The Afters have crafted another winner" with respect to this album, and this Francesco maybe because the band does "not crank out albums at the speed some other bands do, but when they do, you can be sure that it's going to be quality."[12] Jono Davies of Louder Than the Music found that the album comes "With all the makings of a great modern pop/rock Christian album, the production on this album is brilliant, the songs are strong, and the sound is top notch."[10] On the flipside, Davies had one "issue with this album is the fact that some of the songs don't have the intensity that I have come to known with The Afters, but this is a new sound and style."[10] At Allmusic, Jason Lymangrover called the album an "uplifting" one that contains "guitar-driven songs about the positive power of faith".[3] Jesus Freak Hideout's Mark Rice gave the album a mixed review, which he said that the release contains "no semblance of anything we previously loved about", and told that the band "forgone their vow from five years prior and have gone back to OK."[9]

Track listing[edit]

Tracklist
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Every Good Thing"   Matt Fuqua, David Garcia, Ben Glover, Josh Havens 3:47
2. "Breathe In Breathe Out"   Fuqua, Garcia, Glover, Havens 3:07
3. "Broken Hallelujah"   Fuqua, Havens, Jordan Mohilowski, Dan Ostebo 4:33
4. "Moments Like This"   Fuqua, Havens, Mohilowski, Ostebo 4:01
5. "Find Your Way"   Fuqua, Havens, Richard Marx, Dan Muckala 4:11
6. "Life Is Beautiful"   Fuqua, Havens, Mohilowski, Ostebo 3:52
7. "Love Is In the Air"   Fuqua, Havens, Mohilowski, Ostebo 4:15
8. "Believe (Waiting for an Answer)"   Fuqua, Havens, Jason Ingram, Muckala 3:29
9. "What We're Here For"   Fuqua, Garcia, Glover, Havens 3:38
10. "With You Always"   Fuqua, Havens, Mohilowski, Ostebo 4:12
11. "In My Eyes"   Fuqua, Havens, Marx, Muckala 4:40
12. "This Life"   Fuqua, Havens, Ingram, Muckala 4:20
Total length:
48:05

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak position
US Billboard 200[13] 133
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[14] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Afters (April 17, 2012). "Amazon.com: Life Is Beautiful: The Afters". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ The Afters (February 19, 2013). "Amazon.com: Every Good Thing: The Afters". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lymangrover, Jason (April 16, 2013). "Life Is Beautiful - The Afters". Allmusic. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Conner, Matt (May 1, 2013). "The Afters: Life is Beautiful (Fair Trade)". CCM Magazine. p. 72. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Kjonaas, Emily (April 15, 2013). "The Afters – Life Is Beautiful (Review)". Christian Music Zine. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Luff, Stephen (June 27, 2013). "Review: Life Is Beautiful - The Afters". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Andre, Jonathan (April 10, 2013). "The Afters – Life Is Beautiful | Reviews". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Gelwicks, Roger (April 14, 2013). "The Afters, "Life Is Beautiful" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Rice, Mark (April 10, 2013). "The Afters, "Life Is Beautiful" Review: Second Staff Opinion". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Davies, Jono (April 26, 2013). "Reviews - The Afters - Life Is Beautiful". Louder Than the Music. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Fine, Sarah (April 10, 2013). "A Must-Own for 2013 (and beyond)". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Francesco, Jonathan (April 10, 2013). "Another Beautiful Chapter in the Life of The Afters". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Afters Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for The Afters. Prometheus Global Media.
  14. ^ "The Afters Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Christian Albums for The Afters. Prometheus Global Media.