Stories (Addison Road album)

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Stories
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Studio album by Addison Road
Released June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22)
Genre Christian rock, pop
Length 34:10
Label INO
Producer Christopher Stevens
Addison Road chronology
Addison Road
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Stories
(2010)

Stories is the second album from Christian rock band Addison Road. It was released on June 22, 2010 under INO Records. A music video for "This Little Light of Mine" was released by Addison Road on GodTube.com (formerly tangle.com). The album received positive reception and commercial successes.

Background[edit]

The album was released on June 22, 2010 by INO Records, and it was produced by Christopher Stevens. This was the second and last studio album for Addison Road.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
CCM Magazine 4/5 stars[2]
Christian Broadcasting Network 3/5 spins[3]
The Christian Manifesto 4.25/5[4]
Christian Music Review 97%[5]
Christianity Today 3/5 stars[6]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars[7]
Indie Vision Music 4/5 stars[8]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3/5 stars[9]
4/5 stars[10]
New Release Tuesday 4/5 stars[11]

Stories garnered generally positive reception from music critics. At CCM Magazine, Matt Conner gave it four stars calling it a "confident, moving mix".[2] Sarah Fine of New Release Tuesday rated it four stars noting that this is the "FARTHEST thing from a slump".[11] At Indie Vision Music, Steve gave it four stars affirming the album to be "excellent".[8] Samantha Schaumberg of Jesus Freak Hideout gave it four stars feeling that the band "brings out a well-rounded sophomore release, with a much more distinguished, original sound."[10] At The Christian Manifesto, Lydia Akinola gave it four and a fourth of a star stating that the band "has done itself proud."[4] Jared Johnson of Allmusic gave it four-and-a-half stars commenting on how "the upbeat collection connects with sparkling hooks" are "appealing to both faith-based and secular listeners on an emotional level."[1] At Christian Music Review, Kevin Davis gave it a 97-percent proclaiming this to be an "excellent album" containing many "musical hooks" and "Jenny's vulnerable and sincere vocals and the extremely poignant lyrics."[5] Simon Eden of Cross Rhythms gave it a perfect ten writing that it is "a finely crafted album that builds on the band's previous self-titled album."[7]

However, Andrew Greer of Christianity Today gave it three stars criticizing that "the lyrics are middle-of-the-road" material, however believing that the band "possesses enough musical range, including Jenny Simmons' formidable vocals, to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pop/rock crowd."[6] At Christian Broadcasting Network, Jennifer E. Jones gave it three out of five noting that "This album isn’t ground-breaking, but for what it's worth, you'll find a song or two that will make you smile."[3] Nathaniel Schexnayder gave it three stars writing that it was and improvement over their first offering calling it "more seasoned" but believing that it is easy to "notice the group’s contemporary slide, and write off the album as an unoriginal, unchallenging pop project."[9] In addition, Schexnayder stating that "In truth though, Stories is a release that is easy to listen to and just a little bit too easy to forget", and this is why the album was "for those who are seeking a fun, but simple, encouraging, pop/rock album."[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

For the Billboard charting week of July 10, 2010, Stories was the No. 4 most sold album on the breaking-and-entry chart the Heatseekers Albums chart, and it was the No. 13 most sold on the Christian Albums chart for the Christian market.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fight Another Day" Cary Barlowe, Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore 3:18
2. "Change in the Making" Jeff Pardo, Alli Rogers, Jenny Simmons 3:34
3. "This Little Light of Mine" Ryan Gregg 3:48
4. "Won't Let Me Go" Adam Agee, Luke Caldwell, Nick DePartee, Jon Howard, Addison Road, Chris Stevens, Jeff Sutton 3:01
5. "Need You Now" Gregg 4:14
6. "Show Me Life" Gregg, Sam Mizell 3:22
7. "Don't Wait" Jeremy Bose, Gregg, Travis Lawrence, Simmons 3:11
8. "Where It All Begins" Addison Road, Stevens, Sutton 2:59
9. "Who I Am in You" Gregg, Doug McKelvey 3:12
10. "My Story" Simmons, Stevens 3:31
Total length: 34:10

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak position
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[12] 13
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[13] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Johnson, Jared (June 22, 2010). "Stories - Addison Road". Allmusic. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Conner, Matt (June 1, 2010). "Addison Road: Stories (INO Records)". CCM Magazine. p. 41. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Jones, Jennifer E. (June 22, 2010). "Stories by Addison Road". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Akinola, Lydia (June 22, 2010). "Stories". The Christian Manifesto. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Davis, Kevin (June 16, 2010). "Addison Road [Stories]". Christian Music Review. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Greer, Andrew (June 22, 2010). "Addison Road: Stories". Christianity Today. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Eden, Simon (November 4, 2010). "Review: Stories - Addison Road". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Steve (June 7, 2010). "Addison Road – Stories | Reviews". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Schexnayder, Nathaniel (May 13, 2010). "Addison Road, "Stories" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Schaumberg, Samantha (May 15, 2010). "Addison Road, "Stories" Review: Second Staff Opinion". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Fine, Sarah (September 6, 2010). "FARTHEST Thing From A Slump...". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Addison Road – Chart history" Billboard Christian Albums for Addison Road. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "Addison Road – Chart history" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Addison Road. Retrieved January 11, 2014.