I Wish We All Could Win

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I Wish We All Could Win
I Wish We All Could Win.jpg
Studio album by The Afters
Released February 22, 2005
Recorded 2004
Genre Christian rock
Length 41:30[1]
Label INO/Epic
Producer Brown Bannister, Dan Muckala
The Afters chronology
When the World Is Wonderful
(2001)
I Wish We All Could Win
(2005)
Never Going Back to OK
(2008)

I Wish We All Could Win is the debut album from the Christian rock band The Afters. The album contains their Dove Award-nominated hit single "Beautiful Love". The album is notable for having two tracks on it used as theme songs. The aforementioned Beautiful Love was used for the MTV reality series "8th and Ocean" while the track "Until The World" was used as the theme song to the ABC Family drama Beautiful People. "You", "All That I Am", and "Someday" all charted on Billboard's Christian Songs chart.[2]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[1]
Christianity Today 3.5/5 stars[4]

The website "Soul Purpose" remarked in their review: "The Afters display talent belying their short existence. ... engag[ing] the listener on a personal journey. A glimpse of the soul is rare indeed [but] the Afters debut effortlessly captures that." More often than not, critics have approved of the soulful pop rock The Afters deliver on this disc, regardless of its more overt religious themes.

Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album 4½ stars out of 5 commenting that "The Afters' approach to worship is a classy and thoughtful one."[1] Christianity Today.com gave the album 3½ stars out of 5 and added that it effectively "manage[s] to straddle the fence between what Christian and mainstream radio is willing to play."[4] Allmusic gave the album 3½ stars out of 5.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Afters.

Album release
No. Title Length
1. "Beautiful Love" 3:58
2. "Until the World" 4:18
3. "Someday" 3:31
4. "Love Lead Me On" 4:28
5. "All That I Am" 4:24
6. "The Way You Are" 3:43
7. "You" 4:00
8. "Love Will Make You Beautiful" 4:41
9. "Wait" 3:13
10. "Thank God I'm Not the One" 5:10
Total length: 41:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Joshua Havens - Vocals, Guitar
  • Matt Fuqua - Vocals, Guitar
  • Brad Wigg - Bass Guitar, Vocals
  • Marc Dodd - Drums

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
US Adult
Top 40
US
Digital
US
Pop
US
Hot 100
US
Christ
2005 "Beautiful Love" 29[6] 23[6] 43[6] 55[6] 37[2]
2005 "You" - - - - 4[2]
2006 "All That I Am" - - - - 13[2]
2006 "Someday" - - - - 25[2]

Awards[edit]

  • In 2005, CCM Magazine selected I Wish We All Could Win for the Editor's Top 10 Albums.
  • In 2006, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 37th GMA Dove Awards.[7]
  • The song "Beautiful Love" was also nominated for a Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.

Album cover[edit]

The album cover features a turtle and a rabbit, possibly referencing Aesop's fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare". The album title could be referring to the race that the two of them had in the story.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Afters, "I Wish We All Could Win" Review". Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Afters chart history". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ I Wish We All Could Win at AllMusic
  4. ^ a b ChristianityToday.com review of The Afters - I Wish We All Could Win
  5. ^ a b "Albums chart peaks". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Billboard charts". AllMusic. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ 37th Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominations & Winners on About.com; Jones, Kim