The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One

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The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One
Studio album by Casting Crowns
Released January 22, 2013
Recorded 2012
Genre Acoustic, worship
Length 46:26
Label Beach Street/Reunion
Producer Mark A. Miller
Casting Crowns chronology
Come to the Well
The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One

The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One is a studio album by American contemporary Christian music band Casting Crowns of re-recorded, acoustic renditions of the band's songs that contains worship music elements. This album was released on January 22, 2013 through Beach Street and Reunion Records, and produced by Mark A. Miller. This album received mostly positive reviews from critics.

Background and recording[edit]

Casting Crowns' Mark Hall (lead singer) states that when he was a teenager, he heard a song being played with just a keyboard in the background. He liked that it sounded as if the singer was right there with him in that room. This is where "The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One" was born.

Critical reception and accolades[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
CCM Magazine 3/5 stars[3]
Christian Broadcasting Network 4/5 spins[4]
Christian Music Review 4.5/5[5]
Christian Music Zine 4.25/5[6]
Indie Vision Music 3/5 stars[7]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3/5 stars[8]
Louder Than the Music 4.5/5 stars[9]
New Release Tuesday 4.5/5 stars[10]

The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One received mostly positive reviews from music critics.'s Kim Jones gave the album a four out of five stars, affirmed that "Casting Crowns totally hit the nail on the head with Acoustic Sessions: Volume 1."[1] James Christopher Monger of Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars, commenting how it "kicks the concept up a notch" from what they do on tour.[2] Christian Broadcasting Network's Chris Carpenter gave the album four-stars-out-of-five, and highlighted that "The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One is a must-have for all avid Casting Crowns fans. For those who aren’t, it is still a good pick-up for all the incredibly rich, worshipful lyics that are brought to the forefront by the simplicity of strings and a prayer."[4] Grace S. Aspinwall of CCM Magazine gave the album three-stars-out-of-five, surmising that the acoustic album "capture[s] the essence of who they are," especially them in concert.[3] Laura Chambers of Christian Music Review rated the album a four-and-a-half-points-out-of-five, and -and noted that "Diehard fans of Casting Crowns will want to check out this disc. Those who don’t care for the band and think every song sounds exactly the same may be surprised by it."[5] Christian Music Zine's Joshua Andre gave the album a 4.25 out of five stars, calling it a "Well done" effort.[6] Jonathan Andre of Indie Vision Music gave the album a three out of five stars, highlighted that "The result is a mixed bag of acoustic songs that are a certain purchase if you enjoy their previous work- with some songs performing one better than the original, yet other songs seemingly tired and out of place on an album that many may question the track order or even the tracks themselves."[7] Jesus Freak Hideout's Roger Gelwicks gave the album three out of five stars, noting how it "stands out from their catalog: it shows Mark Hall and friends trying new things and stretching themselves creatively. Even if the songwriting itself hasn't improved (and to be sure, the lighter instrumentation doesn't fix the hackneyed lyrical choices throughout), the lighter side of Casting Crowns is a pleasant change from their no means a masterpiece, but at this rate, listeners should gladly welcome Volume Two when it comes around."[8] Jono Davies of Louder Than the Music gave it four-and-a-half out of five stars, praising how "With Casting Crowns, although they have some great songs, I always think musically they could do a bit more on their studio albums. But for me, this is the best Casting Crowns album so far. The songs are solid and then musically they are much more creative in this stripped down style. I think Casting Crowns have surpassed themselves and also given a new lease of life to some older tracks."[9] Kevin Davis of New Release Tuesday gave it a four-and-a-half out of five stars, evoking how the album is "filled with songs that both challenge and encourage believers in their walk".[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Originally on Length
1. "If We Are the Body" Mark Hall Casting Crowns 3:45
2. "East to West" Hall, Bernie Herms The Altar and the Door 4:16
3. "American Dream" Hector Cervantes, Hall Casting Crowns 4:33
4. "Who Am I" Hall Casting Crowns 4:35
5. "Here I Go Again" Hall Casting Crowns 4:42
6. "Delivered" Jennifer Hollingsworth, Masaki Liu - 4:01
7. "Somewhere in the Middle" Hall The Altar and the Door 4:17
8. "Set Me Free" Hall, Herms Lifesong 5:37
9. "Only You" Matt Hyam Hungry (Vineyard UK) 5:17
10. "Praise You in This Storm" Hall, Herms Lifesong 5:23
Total length: 46:26[2]


Chart (2013) Peak position
US Billboard 200[11] 35
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[12] 2


  1. ^ a b Jones, Kim. "Casting Crowns - 'Acoustic Sessions: Volume 1'". Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Monger, James Christopher. "The Acoustic Sessions, Vol. 1 – Casting Crowns". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Aspinwall, Grace S. (February 1, 2013). "Casting Crowns: The Acoustic Sessions (Provident Label Group)". CCM Magazine. p. 48. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Carpenter, Chris. "The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One by Casting Crowns". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Chambers, Laura (January 12, 2013). "Casting Crowns Acoustic Sessions Vol.1". Christian Music Review. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Andre, Joshua (January 21, 2013). "Casting Crowns - The Acoustic Sessions Volume 1 (Review)". Christian Music Zine. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Andre, Jonathan (January 22, 2013). "Casting Crowns - The Acoustic Sessions Vol. 1". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Gelwicks, Roger (January 20, 2013). "Casting Crowns, "The Acoustic Sessions: Volume 1" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Davies, Jono (February 20, 2013). "Review - Casting Crowns - THe Acoustic Sessions: Volume 1". Louder Than the Music. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Davis, Kevin (January 20, 2013). "Casting Crowns (Acoustic Sessions 1)". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Casting Crowns – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Casting Crowns.
  12. ^ "Casting Crowns – Chart history" Billboard Christian Albums for Casting Crowns.