The Heat (Needtobreathe album)

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The Heat
Needtobreathe The Heat album cover.JPG
Studio album by Needtobreathe
Released August 28, 2007
Recorded Late 2006-early 2007[1][2]
Studio Plantation Studios (Walhalla, SC),[3] Black Dog Sound (Atlanta, GA),[3] Tree Sound (Atlanta, GA),[3] Rax Trax Recording (Chicago, IL)[3]
Genre Christian rock, Southern rock
Length 52:35
Label Atlantic/Lava
Producer Needtobreathe, Rick Beato, Ed Roland[1]
Needtobreathe chronology
The Heat
The Outsiders
(2009)The Outsiders2009

The Heat is the second studio album by American rock band Needtobreathe, released on August 28, 2007 under Atlantic/Word Records.[4] The album reached No. 164 on Billboard's Top 200 and No. 2 on the Top Heatseekers charts.[5] The first single from the album, "Signature of Divine (Yahweh)", reached No. 1 on R&R's Christian contemporary hit radio chart, and was the No. 14 most played song in 2007 on the same radio format.[6] "Washed by the Water" was the sixth most-played song on R&R magazine's Christian CHR chart for 2008.[7] The Heat was GMA Dove Award-nominated for "Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year", as well as "Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year" for the song "Signature of Divine (Yahweh)".[8]


The album was recorded over a six-month period of time, from late 2006 to spring 2007.[2] The band recorded the album at the following studios: Seth Bolts' Plantation Studios in Walhalla, South Carolina, Rick Beato's Black Dog Studio in Seneca, South Carolina, Ed Roland's Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, Georgia and Rax Trax Recordings in Chicago, Illinois.[2][3]

Release and promotion[edit]

In late 2007, MTV used "We Could Run Away" in their TV show The Hills.[9] Also, FOX used the song "Nothing Left to Lose" for promotions of their shows Prison Break and K-Ville.[9]

The song "More Time" is featured in the 2007 film P.S. I Love You and its Atlantic Records soundtrack.[9]

The song "Nothing Left To Lose" was featured in the theatrical trailer for the 2009 film "Extraordinary Measures".

At the 39th annual GMA Dove Awards in 2008, The Heat was nominated for "Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year", and "Signature of Divine (Yahweh)" was nominated for "Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year".[8]

On February 8, 2016, "Streets of Gold" was used in the video package for the retirement of American professional wrestler, Daniel Bryan.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[11]
CCM Magazine4/5 stars[12]
Christian Broadcasting Network4/5 stars[13]
Christian Music Review4/5 stars[14]
Christianity Today4/5 stars[15]
Cross Rhythms9/10 squares[16]
Jesus Freak Hideout4.5/5 stars[17]
Melodic.net4.5/5 stars[18]
3/5 stars[19]
The Phantom Tollbooth3.5/5 stars[20]

The Heat garnered generally positive reception by music critics. At AllMusic, Jared Johnson rated the album four stars, and suggested that "now that the cat's out of the bag (i.e. their sound no longer commands an aura of mystery and intrigue), the boys seem to have lost just a touch of their pioneering spirit, [but] that cannot distract from the album's strong, approachable rock that plays best when cranked to a '10.'"[11] Chad Bonham of CCM Magazine rated the album four stars, and indicated that the album "allow[s] its deep-seeded [sic] faith to seep into a much larger portion of its material", and he affirmed that the album "will appeal to any fans of solid pop-driven rock music that features the rare combination of solid musicianship and lyrical genius."[12] At Christian Broadcasting Network, Jennifer E. Jones rated the album four stars, and felt that "Needtobreathe continues to look at life and contemporary Christian music from new and exciting angles."[13]

At Christian Music Review, Jay Heilman rated the album four stars, and evoked that the release "isn't the most blatant with their message, by their music can easily fit in with just about any genre, whether it be Christian or mainstream. I think fans of rock music in both genres will appreciate what these guys bring to the table and The Heat is a good way to introduce new listeners to what these guys are all about. If you like groups like Dave Matthews Band or perhaps Kings of Leon, I think Needtobreathe would complement your listening experience. Check them out."[14] Founder Tony Cummings of Cross Rhythms rated the album nine squares out of ten, and stated that the release has "the tracks here represent a varied musical feast brim full of lyrical and musical intelligence."[16] At Christianity Today, Christa Banister rated the album four stars, and affirmed that the band have the "ability to communicate these simple truths with creative panache that makes The Heat such a winning effort."[15]

At Jesus Freak Hideout, John DiBiase rated the album four-and-a-half stars, and underscored that the album "offers a little bit of everything".[17] Horacio García Oliveros of rated the album four-and-a-half stars, and hinted at the album being "very introspective and spiritual album, treating subjects like having hope in the darkest moments, relationships, love, and –of course- God", which he noted this album "sounds a lot like Maroon 5, but much better."[18] Lastly, García Oliveros ended "to summarize, do yourself a favor and listen to his album. You won't regret it."[18] Tom Spinelli of rated the album three stars, and criticized the album by stating that "the only negative thing I have for this album is the singer doesn't really do much with his voice making some of the tracks seem repetitive", but he concluded by saying "other than that these songs are really good and these guys know how to write a catchy Christian rock ballad. For fans of Splender, Sanctus Real, Mainstay."[19] At The Phantom Tollbooth, Brian A. Smith rated the album three-and-a-half stars, and called it "another solid effort" that still won't allow the band to extricate themselves "from the frat rock crowd."[20]


In 2008, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 39th GMA Dove Awards. The song "Signature of Divine (Yahweh)" was also nominated for Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.[21]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bear Rinehart and Bo Rinehart.

Track listing
1."Spare the Time"Needtobreathe0:36
2."Restless"Needtobreathe, Rick Beato3:57
3."Again"Needtobreathe, Rick Beato3:41
5."We Could Run Away"Needtobreathe4:08
6."Streets of Gold"Needtobreathe, Ed Roland3:29
7."More Time"Needtobreathe, Rick Beato4:24
8."Signature of Divine (Yahweh)"Needtobreathe, Rick Beato4:04
9."Looks Like Love"Needtobreathe, Rick Beato4:18
10."The Heat"Needtobreathe, Rick Beato3:52
11."Nothing Left to Lose"Needtobreathe, Ed Roland4:21
12."Movin' On"Needtobreathe3:09
13."Washed by the Water"Needtobreathe, Rick Beato3:28
14."Second Chances"Needtobreathe4:36
Total length:52:35


Adapted from AllMusic.[22]

  • Bear Rinehart – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, organ
  • Bo Rinehart – guitar, background vocals, synth
  • Seth Bolt – bass, background vocals, programming, mix engineering
  • Joe Stillwell – drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Rick Beato – production, mix engineering
  • Ed Roland – production
  • Andy VanDette – mastering
  • Richard Chycki – mixing
  • Rick Barnes – engineering


Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ a b Your Music Zone - Needtobreathe Brings "The Heat" Archived 2008-03-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c Word Records - Needtobreathe
  3. ^ a b c d e f The Heat liner notes
  4. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout - Needtobreathe "The Heat" review
  5. ^ "Artist Chart History - Needtobreathe". Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  6. ^ 2007 Top Christian CHR Songs Archived 2009-05-25 at the Wayback Machine., Radio & Records, Inc.
  7. ^ 2008 Year End Charts/Top Christian CHR songs Archived 2009-05-25 at the Wayback Machine., R&R magazine, Retrieved January 15, 2009
  8. ^ a b 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards Archived 2008-02-10 at the Wayback Machine.,
  9. ^ a b c NEEDTOBREATHE News - ESPN picks up NEEDTOBREATHE for Nascar's final race this weekend!
  10. ^
  11. ^ a b Johnson, Jared (August 28, 2007). "The Heat – Needtobreathe". AllMusic. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Bonham, Chad (August 1, 2007). "In review: Needtobreathe: The Heat (Atlantic/Word)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. p. 42. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 5, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  13. ^ a b Jones, Jennifer E. (August 28, 2007). "The Heat by Needtobreathe". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Heilman, Jay (August 10, 2009). "The Heat review". Christian Music Review. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  15. ^ a b Banister, Christa (August 28, 2007). "needtobreathe: The Heat". Christianity Today. Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  16. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (November 19, 2007). "Review: The Heat – Needtobreathe". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  17. ^ a b DiBiase, John (August 26, 2007). "Needtobreathe, "The Heat" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  18. ^ a b c García Oliveros, Horacio (August 28, 2007). "Needtobreathe – The Heat". Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  19. ^ a b Winberg, Pär (August 28, 2007). "Needtobreathe – The Heat". Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  20. ^ a b Smith, Brian A. (August 28, 2007). "Review of The Phantom Tollbooth". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  21. ^ Nominations Announced for 39th GMA Dove Awards on (February 14, 2008)
  22. ^ "The Heat - Needtobreathe | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 December 2016.

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