Blue Mountain (Brandon Heath album)

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Blue Mountain
Studio album by Brandon Heath
ReleasedOctober 9, 2012
GenreCCM, Alternative CCM, Roots Rock
Length42:23
LabelReunion
ProducerDan Muckala
Brandon Heath chronology
Leaving Eden
(2011)
Blue Mountain
(2012)
Singles from Blue Mountain
  1. "Jesus in Disguise"
    Released: August 10, 2012
 
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Blue Mountain
Studio album by Brandon Heath
ReleasedOctober 9, 2012
GenreCCM, Alternative CCM, Roots Rock
Length42:23
LabelReunion
ProducerDan Muckala
Brandon Heath chronology
Leaving Eden
(2011)
Blue Mountain
(2012)
Singles from Blue Mountain
  1. "Jesus in Disguise"
    Released: August 10, 2012

Blue Mountain is the fourth studio album by contemporary Christian musician Brandon Heath. It was released on October 9, 2012 through Reunion Records. This album has had success on the chart, so has the song "Jesus in Disguise".

Contents

Release

Blue Mountain was released on October 9, 2012 through the Reunion Records in the United States. It also debuted at No. 5 on Top Current Contemporary Christian Chart, and No. 97 on the Billboard 200 chart, which both positions were taken on October 27, 2012.

Track listing

CD track order
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Harvester"  Heath, Ingram & Stu G4:15
2."Jesus in Disguise"  Heath, Copperman & Miller3:38
3."Blue Mountain"  Heath, Laird & Barry Dean3:05
4."Diamond"  Heath, Copperman & Miller3:35
5."Love Will Be Enough For Us"  Heath, Barnes & Joe Moralez3:40
6."Love Does"  Heath, Copperman & Miller3:50
7."Paul Brown Petty"  Heath & Heather Morgan3:31
8."In the Dust"  Heath, Copperman & Miller4:11
9."Dyin' Day"  Heath, Copperman & Miller3:48
10."Hands of the Healer"  Heath & Cockrell3:55
11."He Paid it All"  Heath & Carter4:59
Total length:
42:23

Charts

Album

Chart (2012)Peak position
US Billboard 200[1]97
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[2]5

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positions
US Christian
2012"Jesus in Disguise"9[3]

Critical review

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Alpha Omega News
(Tom Frigoli)
A+[4]
CCM Magazine
(Grace S. Aspinwall)
4/5 stars[5]
Christian Music Zine
(Joshua Andre)
(4.25/5)[6]
Christianity Today
(Andy Argyrakis)
4/5 stars[7]
Indie Vision Music
(Jonathan Andre)
3/5 stars[8]
Jesus Freak Hideout
(Bert Gangl)
4/5 stars[9]
Louder Than the Music
(Jono Davies)
4.5/5 stars[10]

Alpha Omega News' Tom Frigoli said that "Throughout the record messages of hope, redemption, and love are underlined through the stories of Blue Mountain’s residents. Listeners will experience the stories of a wise sage, a coal miner, and even a prisoner on death row, to name a few. Even though many of the stories are fictional, it’s easy for listeners to claim those stories as their own and relate to the themes in a very profound way. This is a testament to Brandon’s incredible song (and story) writing talents."[4] In addition, Frigoli wrote that "Blue Mountain has something for everyone to enjoy, but don’t just take my word for it. In the title track, Brandon invites listeners to join him on his journey. 'Won’t you come on up to Blue Mountain?' I encourage everyone to take him up on his offer and visit Blue Mountain for yourself. You may be surprise by what you find up there."[4]

CCM Magazine's Grace S. Aspinwall said that "Brandon Heath has chosen much of his latest project about a fictional place called Blue Mountain, and it is his very best work to date. Heath spreads new, creative and spectacular wings on this project and it is simply perfect. Particularly excellent is the folk-inspired, 'Blue Mountain', and the haunting, 'Dying Day' about a man on death row."[5] The best song is "Dyin' Day".[5]

Christian Music Zine's Joshua Andre said that "Coming up from left field, Brandon’s 4th album is pleasantly good and refreshing, as my doubts are left by the first note of 'The Harvester'! With a smorgasbord of genres attached to this varied project, inclusive of sombre and uplifting ballads, personal stories of characters revealing the human condition, as well as upbeat guitar twangy southern melodies; I am able to feel reenergised and revitalised as Brandon opens all of our eyes to the message that God loves us and that no one is condemned in the eyes of Christ! A well written and sung album; this release may rival the Christmas albums on the same day (October 9th); and is a must for fans of country and alternative music. And for fans of Brandon Heath and acoustic material, as well as listeners with open ears!"[6] The best songs were "The Harvest, Jesus In Disguise, Love Does, In The Dust, Hands Of The Healer, He Paid It All".[6]

Christianity Today's Andy Argyrakis said that "Multiple Dove Award winner Heath could've easily gone the safe and easy radio route, but instead turns in his most compelling album to date. The Nashville native taps into childhood trips throughout Appalachia to visit his grandparents, resulting in a laid back, roots-centered record (with an ever so slight penchant for hip-hop rhythms) that's never short on pop sensibility. Topically, Heath blends tributes to his grandfather (a war veteran and church elder) and mentor Bob Goff (founder of social justice non-profit Restore International) with a fictional farmer, coal miner, and death row inmate—with a redemptive thread masterfully tying all of these compelling tales together."[7] The best songs were "'The Harvester', 'Diamond', 'Dust', 'Hands of the Healer'".[7]

Indie Vision Music's Jonathan Andre said that "Brandon's 4th album in 2012 has come at a bit of a surprise. Just releasing his chart-topping album Leaving Eden in 2011 as well as his Acoustic EP earlier this year, his bold release of a country record is an interesting move by Brandon, yet he is able to win the doubters (me included before listening to this album!) over with reflective ballads, ingenious writing and hopeful stories of the characters providing inspiration to this album called Blue Mountain. Giving listeners a fresh and invigorating new look at his music and the same inspiration behind it that has made him proclaim to Christ to '…open my eyes as wide as I can, as blind as I am…' ('Jesus in Disguise'), Brandon’s October release is one of the most different and inventive of October 2012. Well done Brandon for such a moving and poignant album!"[8] They compared Heath to in this effort to artists Audrey Assad, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves and Carrie Underwood.[8]

Jesus Freak Hideout's Bert Gangl said that "What do Keith Urban, the Alan Parsons Project (APP) and the Book of James have in common? The surprising answer to this unlikely question is that all three arguably had some influence on Brandon Heath's latest release, Blue Mountain."[9] To this, Gangl wrote that "Like the APP, whose name during the '70s and '80s was veritably synonymous with what has now become known as the concept album, Blue Mountain is built around the central themes of living and dying."[9] In closing, Gangl states that "Some members of Heath's existing fan base may be put off by Blue Mountain's less purely pop-friendly textures. And those who listen exclusively to the Top 40 might be disappointed when they find that it's anything but a collection of three-and-a-half-minute, radio-ready singles. Listeners willing to spin the disc with open minds and ears, on the other hand, will find the album a gripping, thought-provoking, and, at times, near-poetic summary of the human condition that becomes all the more engaging with each successive listen."[9]

Louder Than the Music's Jono Davies said that "Over the years I've had mixed feelings about some of the albums from Brandon Heath. Some I've been a massive fan of, others I haven't been so sure about. But with this new release, titled Blue Mountain, Brandon has produced his most sublime album yet. There is a real maturity in the songwriting that flows in the creative lyrics of the songs. It feels to me like Brandon has produced an album that he has always wanted to write."[10] Furthermore, Davies wrote that "There is a very laid back feel to the album, and I found myself just sitting back and listening to it as a whole and enjoying the writing of the songs. These aren't just good songs, they are also great stories about how Brandon feels about life, love, God, hurt and everything else in-between. Brandon Heath has for me made a wonderful album, and after my previous see-saw love for his albums, I can now officially say the see-saw has swayed back to believing what a great songwriter he is."[10] The best songs are "He Paid it All", "Jesus in Disquise" and "Dyin' Day".[10]

References

  1. ^ "Brandon Heath Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Brandon Heath. Prometheus Global Media.
  2. ^ "Brandon Heath Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Christian Albums for Brandon Heath. Prometheus Global Media.
  3. ^ Brandon Heath (October 13, 2012). "Brandon Heath Album & Song Chart History (Christian Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Frigoli, Tom (October 14, 2012). "Brandon Heath – Blue Mountain". Alpha Omega News. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Aspinwall, Grace S. (October 1, 2012). "Brandon Heath: Blue Mountain (Reunion Records)". CCM Magazine. p. 52. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Andre, Joshua (October 8, 2012). "Brandon Heath – Blue Mountain (Review)". Christian Music Zine. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Argyrakis, Andy (October 9, 2012). "Brandon Heath: Blue Mountain". Christianity Today. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Andre, Jonathan (October 4, 2012). "Brandon Heath – Blue Mountain". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d Gangl, Bert (September 29, 2012). "Brandon Heath, "Blue Mountain" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d Davies, Jono (September 3, 2012). "Brandon Heath - Blue Mountain". Louder Than the Music. Retrieved October 21, 2012.