Until My Heart Caves In

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Until My Heart Caves In
Studio album by Audio Adrenaline
Released August 30, 2005
Genre Christian rock
Length 38:39
Label ForeFront
Producer Jay Joyce
Audio Adrenaline chronology
Until My Heart Caves In
Adios: The Greatest Hits
(2006)Adios: The Greatest Hits2006

Until My Heart Caves In is the eighth studio album by Audio Adrenaline and the final album with Mark Stuart as the lead vocalist. The album was released on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 on ForeFront Records and went on to win the Grammy Award for Rock Gospel Album of the Year.

Concept and development[edit]

Frontman Mark Stuart commented on the meaning of the album:

"Until My Heart Caves In is about living for God until your body collapses. It's about never giving up, even when you feel like it. So many people aren't living with a fire in their hearts on a day-to-day basis... We should be living like warriors and get out there worried less about the nice clothes and plastic personas and more about getting on the edge, living with authentic and real passion."[citation needed]

After guitarist Tyler Burkum took lead vocals on several songs on Worldwide, this album features Burkum singing lead on more than half of the album. Five months after the album was released, Mark Stuart announced the band would be disbanding, due to the stress of touring on Mark Stuart's vocal cords.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
CCM Magazine B[2]
Christian Broadcasting Network 3/5 spins[3]
Christianity Today 3.5/5 stars[4]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars[5]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[6]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4/5 stars[7]
Soul Shine 3.5/5 stars[8]

The album was well received by critics. Jared Johnson of AllMusic rated the album four stars out of five, writing that "it would be tough to argue that this final output allowed them to go out on top."[1] At Jesus Freak Hideout, John DiBiase rated the album four stars out of five, writing that the album is "a solid melodic rock record from start to finish (although sadly on the shorter side)". DiBiase commented that despite how he missed Stuart's trademark vocals, praised Burkum's writing that "[his] smooth, youthful vocals have never sounded better, giving the album a unique pop/rock vibe different from any of the band's previous releases".[6] Tony Cummings of Cross Rhythms rated the album a perfect ten, writing that "All in all, pop rock of the finest quality."[5] At CCM Magazine, Chris Well graded the album a B, writing that the release "is a likable collection of simple, fistpumping anthems that should connect particularly with youth groups."[2] Russ Breimeier of Christianity Today rated the album three-and-a-half out of five stars, writing that "There's much to appreciate musically on Audio Adrenaline's latest, but lyrically it falls short."[2] At Christian Broadcasting Network, Chris Carpenter rated the album three spins out of five, writing that "It just lacks the lyrical creativity that fueled previous Audio A standards."[3] Lindsay Whitfield of Soul Shine rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, writing that the listener is "in for an action packed good time."[8] At The Phantom Tollbooth, Burton Wray rated the album four tocks of five, writing that "Top to bottom this is the best release from Audio Adrenaline in years", which "This solid release is easily one of the best of the year top to bottom, one of those rare releases where you won't find yourself hitting the skip button."[7]

As of 2007, Christian pop-punk band Hawk Nelson has begun to perform "Clap Your Hands" at live shows. Hawk Nelson toured with Audio Adrenaline in early 2005, when the song was first performed. Audio Adrenaline opened with that song from 2005 until their retirement, and now Hawk Nelson opens with the song.[9]


The album won the Grammy award for Rock Gospel Album of the Year.[citation needed] It was the second consecutive album to win the award, after Worldwide in 2003. It also spawned the Until My Heart Caves In Tour with Pillar and Sanctus Real.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at No. 122 on Billboard 200 and No. 5 on Billboard's Christian Albums. The song "King" also peaked at No. 19 on Billboard's Christian Songs.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ben Cissell, Will McGinniss, Bob Herdman, Tyler Burkum and Mark Stuart, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Clap Your Hands"   3:28
2. "Until My Heart Caves In"   3:41
3. "King"   5:01
4. "Melody (Lost Inside the Wonder)"   4:16
5. "Starting Over[a]"   4:04
6. "Are You Ready for Love"   3:31
7. "Undefeated"   3:36
8. "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher" Gary L. Jackson, Raynard Miner, Carl William Smith 3:36
9. "Light of the Sun"   3:46
10. "All Around Me"   3:30
11. "Losing Control"   4:47
Total length: 38:36


  • Mark Stuart – lead vocals
  • Tyler Burkum – lead vocals, guitars
  • Will McGinniss – bass, vocals
  • Ben Cissell – drums, vocals


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Jared (August 30, 2005). "Until My Heart Caves In – Audio Adrenaline : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Well, Chris (September 1, 2005). "In Review: Audio Adrenaline: Until My Heart Caves In (ForeFront)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. Salem Publishing. p. 50. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Carpenter, Chris (August 30, 2005). "Until My Heart Caves In by Audio Adrenaline". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ Breimeier, Russ (August 30, 2005). "Audio Adrenaline: Until My Heart Caves In". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (January 8, 2006). "Review: Until My Heart Caves In – Audio Adrenaline". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b DiBiase, John (August 25, 2005). "Audio Adrenaline, "Until My Heart Caves In" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Wray, Burton (December 16, 2005). "Audio Adrenaline – Until My Heart Caves In". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Whitfield, Lindsay (September 2005). "Audio Adrenaline, Until My Heart Caves In: Album Review". Soul Shine. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ Video on YouTube
  10. ^ Until My Heart Caves In on Billboard

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