These Simple Truths

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These Simple Truths
Studio album by Sidewalk Prophets
Released August 25, 2009
Genre Christian pop
Length 40:49
Label Word/Curb
Producer Ian Eskelin, Shaun Shankel
Sidewalk Prophets chronology
These Simple Truths
Live Like That
Deluxe Edition Cover
Singles from These Simple Truths
  1. "The Words I Would Say"
    Released: 2009
  2. "You Can Have Me"
    Released: 2010
  3. "You Love Me Anyway"
    Released: 2011

These Simple Truths is the Sidewalk Prophets first major-label studio album with Word Records, released on August 25, 2009. It features the hit radio singles "The Words I Would Say" and "You Love Me Anyway." The main genre the Sidewalk Prophets play in is Contemporary Christian music. The first hit from this CD, "The Words I Would Say" which is also featured on WOW Hits 2010 and WOW Hits 2011.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Christian Music Review 4.5/5 stars[1][2]
Cross Rhythms 5/5 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[4]
Louder Than The Music 4/5 stars[5]
Praise Charts 4.25/5 stars[6]

Christian Music Review's Kevin Davis said "this is a very solid debut album and fans of Rascal Flatts, 33Miles and Julian Drive will greatly enjoy Sidewalk Prophets."[1][2] Also, Davis wrote "This is one of the best debut albums I’ve heard this year along with MIKESCHAIR and Revive."[1][2]

Cross Rhythms' Paul Kerslake said "this is full of catchy, poignant and impacting songs."[3] In addition, Kerslake wrote "This is an essential release; I can't wait to hear what they follow it up with."[3]

Jesus Freak Hideout's Scott Fryberger said "It's safe to say that Sidewalks Prophets have an album on their hands that will be fairly popular on AC radio. Just about every song has 'hit song' potential."[4] Furthermore, Fryberger wrote that the album "is happy, encouraging and, overall, not too shabby. At times, the lyrics lack in songwriting quality, but definitely not in substance. A good recommendation for fans of any of the aforementioned bands, or Christian hit radio in general."[4]

Louder Than The Music Suzanne Physick said "while some may shun this album for its lack of creativity, those who just appreciate good music and honest beautifully written sentiments will love this new offering from a truly great band."[5] Additionally, Physick called the 'Standout Tracks' on the album the following: "Show Me How to Love", "You Love Me Anyway" and "You Will Never Leave Me".[5]

Praise Charts CMSpin said "Whether you like your music up tempo in the pop/rock vein, or piano driven and melodic, you'll be very satisfied after listening to the music that's found on These Simple Truths."[6] Plus, CMSpin called the 'Favorite Songs' on the album the following: "Just Might Change Your Life", "The Words I Would Say", "Give It All Away", "Lay Down My Life".[6]


In 2010, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Just Might Change Your Life" David Frey, Ben McDonald, Sam Mizell 3:11
2. "Show Me How to Love" Frey, McDonald, Mizell 3:37
3. "You Can Have Me" Frey, Jason Ingram, McDonald 3:49
4. "The Words I Would Say" Frey, McDonald, Mizell 3:18
5. "Moving All the While" Frey, McDonald, Anthony Shay Watson 3:44
6. "For What It's Worth" Scott Davis, Frey, McDonald 3:39
7. "You Love Me Anyway" Mark Delaverone, Frey, McDonald 4:20
8. "All Things New" Frey, McDonald, Mizell 3:50
9. "You Will Never Leave Me" Ian Eskelin, Frey, McDonald, Tony Wood 2:47
10. "Give It All Away" Eskelin, Frey, McDonald, Watson 4:07
11. "Lay Down My Life" Eskelin, Frey, McDonald 4:27
12. "Change This Heart" Frey, McDonald 2:58
Total length: 40:49
Deluxe edition (additional tracks)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Know That You Are Loved" Frey, McDonald, Shaun Shankel 3:43
13. "You Love Me Anyway (Lealand House Sessions)" Delaverone, Frey, McDonald 4:27
14. "The Words I Would Say (Lealand House Sessions)" Frey, McDonald, Mizell 3:42
Total length: 55:38



This is the charts for the deluxe album version because the standard version failed to chart.[8]

Chart (2010) Peak
Billboard Hot Christian Albums 15[9]
Billboard Heatseekers Albums 5[10]


Song Peak Position
The Words I Would Say 3 US Billboard Christian Singles[11]
You Can Have Me 16 US Billboard Christian Singles[12]
You Love Me Anyway 2 US Billboard Christian Singles[13]

1 BDSRadio Charts AC Christian Airplay[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Davis, Kevin (August 19, 2009). "These Simple Truths review". Christian Music Review. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Davis, Kevin (August 25, 2009). "These Simple Truths review". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Kerslake, Paul (September 26, 2011). "These Simple Truths review". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Fryberger, Scott (September 22, 2009). "These Simple Truths review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Physick, Suzanne (October 28, 2009). "These Simple Truths review". Louder Than The Music. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c CMSpin (May 10, 2010). "These Simple Truths review". Praise Charts. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)
  8. ^ Billboard (August 25, 2009). "These Simple Truths (Standard)- Sidewalk Prophets". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ Billboard (May 8, 2010). "These Simple Truths (Deluxe)- Sidewalk Prophets". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ Billboard (September 18, 2010). "These Simple Truths (Deluxe)- Sidewalk Prophets". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ Sidewalk, Prophet. "Chat History on Billboard". 
  12. ^ Sidewalk, Prophets. "You Can Have me Chart History". 
  13. ^ Sidewalk, Prophets. "You Love Me Anyways". 
  14. ^ Sidewalk, Prophets. "Love Me Anyways Radio Airplay". BDSradio Charts.