Written by: Abby Baracskai (4/11/2018)
Lauren, one of the members that makes up the sister duo, has said “We like to think outside the box and challenge others not to live the basic life but to step into the unknown and live out the life that God has called them to.” With their album being titled Tired of Basic, I expected to hear something unique and not stereotypical Christian contemporary. I’m glad to say that I wasn’t let down.
The album opens with a few upbeat songs then walks on with a pacing beat into the song “I Don’t Want It.” The song features some impressive vocal variation from both sisters. The lyrics point out our human nature to get caught up in accumulating stuff and trying to climb to the top to fulfill our own wants and desires. The powerful chord of “I Don’t Want It” punches us in the gut and reminds us that apart from God we are nothing. We should want what He has in store for us. The song helps us to refocus our priorities on what really matters.
Near the middle of the album is “So What,” which is one of my favorite tracks on the album. The sisters challenge us to live like Jesus and show love to everyone no matter what. Often we are afraid to be different or are too concerned with what others think of us. This song reminds us that those things don’t matter and we are called to show love and spread hope. The message is paired with some sassy vocals and dance-y tunes that make up a solid track.
The album begins to slow down with “Breaking My Heart.” My interpretation of the song is our journey through life and God’s feelings and thoughts watching us during it. It’s like when we first come to God full of excitement and commitment, but then we hit hardships and He doesn’t respond to it like we want, so we turn away and start to “get into trouble.” But the hope is that we can always turn back to Him and He will always forgive us. The simple tap tap of the beat allows you to hone in on the message and hear what they’re really saying.
Overall, there are some hit and miss songs in my opinion, which is why I scored it a 4. Some of the songs feel a little cliché (“I Believe in Loud”) and typical to me, but most of them had me saying things like “that’s cool” or “that was an interesting choice.” The sisters have some powerful vocals and ranges that are beautifully showcased with energetic tracks and unique powerful punches. There is a happy balance of song variety and speed to keep things fresh and avoid the risk of sounding the same. The album is a good one to rejuvenate your faith in a unique way that isn’t just basic.