At first glimpse, Avalon may seem like one more nice-boy-nice-girl quartet who looks angelic and sings with a similar sanctity. And hey, that's what they are. But what makes A Maze of Grace different is the underlying streetwise pop edge that pervades this 1997 release, which yielded three top contemporary Christian music singles. The opening "Testify to Love" is a great track that features solid harmonies, trademark guitar power chords, and a rock-solid backbeat. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" contains an irresistible urgency, as does "Speed of Light," yet the group can slow it down masterfully, as with the ballad "Adonai." Comparisons to First Call are merited here and much credit should go to producer Charlie Peacock, who makes Avalon's second release something more than the usual fare. --Michael Lyttle
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Record Label Sparrow
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.5" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 1997
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 7474004852 ISBN13 0724385163920 UPC 724385163920
Availability 0 units.
More About Avalon
Avalon is an American contemporary Christian vocal quartet. The group has earned multiple RIAA-certified gold records, sold four million albums, and released 22 number one Christian hits.
Avalon formed in 1996, setting a high standard in contemporary Christian music. Reviewing its 2006 projectFaith: A Hymns Collection, All Music Guide noted “the vocal efficiency and personalized stylings that place Avalon among the elite singing groups in contemporary Christian circles.” To date, the quartet has sold more than three million albums, charted 20 No. 1 singles, and won an American Music Award plus numerous Dove Awards such as the 1999 Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for “Testify to Love.” That song, a listener favorite, has also been specially re-recorded for Another Time, Another Place.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Maze of Grace?
Great CD by BJ Mar 3, 2007
I love every song on this CD, like every other album that Avalon has released. "Testify To Love", their biggest smash hit ever, is NOT overrated--love it. I also enjoy listening to "A World Away" and "A Maze Of Grace", both of which are catchy and fun to sing to. "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" is in the top three for this album for me. "Adonai", founding member Nikki Hassman-Anders' huge ballad, is amazing, and the words truly show it. I loved her voice, and was sad to see her go. "Speed Of Light" and "The Move" are really cool! I love Jody's voice on "Speed Of Light". (He's my favorite member of the group). "Reason Enough", "Forgive + Forget", and "Dreams I Dream For You" also all earn 5 stars. Overall a spectacular job and definitely a CD that I would recommend!
Avalon's best CD! Jun 6, 2006
(4.1/5.0) MUST LISTEN -Testify to Love, A World Away, Knockin' On Heaven's Door
1. Testify To Love - (10/10) 2. A World Away - (9/10) 3. A Maze Of Grace - (7/10) 4. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - (10/10) 5. Adonai - (8/10) 6. Speed Of Light - (8/10) 7. The Move Listen - (7/10) 8. Reason Enough - (7/10) 9. Forgive + Forget - (7/10) 10. Dreams I Dream For You - (6/10)
"A Maze Of Grace" is perfect! Jul 27, 2005
This is my second Avalon cd I have bought,and I love it!The first one I got was "Oxygen",and this one,"A Maze Of Grace",is just as good!I think the group looks kinda weird on the cover of the box,but they have beautiful voices and AWESOME Christian songs!Here is a song guide for "A Maze Of Grace": 1.Testify To Love-I have heard this is Avalon`s all-time number one hit,and I certainly see why!This is a beautiful opening song and the group pulled it off terrificly! 2.A World Away-A great jumpy,dancy Christian song!I really like this one!Avalon sounds great singing it together! 3.A Maze Of Grace-I love the lyrics to this song!It also has a good beat to it! 4.Knockin On Heaven`s Door-Possibly my favorite on the whole cd!This song is AWESOME!You`ll love it! 5.Adonai-Beautiful,touching song that talks about our "Adonai"!Sends out a great message! 6.Speed Of Light-Get pumped up after the slow "Adonai" with this song!It has a cool,dancy feeling,and with the lyrics,you`ll be singing along in no time at all! 7.The Move-Reminds me of Jump5`s version of "We Are Family",except a more Christian song!You`ll like this one alot,and love the beat! 8.Reason Enough-Just as good and beautiful as "Adonai"!I love this song!It talks about how we should love the lord because when he died for us,that`s a "reason enough" to trust,love,and worship him! 9.Forgive And Forget-Wow!Great tune!I really like this one alot!Really cool! 10.Dreams I Dream For You-A wonderful ending song!Absolutely adoring and beautiful!This is such a great song!
Well,theres my review of Avalon`s cd,"A Maze Of Grace"!Hope it helped!
P.S.-If you enjy this Avalon cd,check out these other titles by Avalon!: Oxygen In A Different Light 02:Avalon Remixed Joy:A Christmas Collection
An awesome quartet with awesome melody Sep 28, 2002
This is the first CD that I have bought from this talented group. I had heard diffferent songs of theirs on mixed CDs that I bought and I thought that I would try one of their albums.
I was incredible blessed by all the songs on this album. Their upbeat music and the harmony of their voices are great.
If I must choose a favourite then it would definitely be "Adonai". I have heard this song sung by Michael Card and it has always been a great blessing to me to worship our 'Adonai'.
'Testify to Love' and 'A Maze of Grace' are amazing as well and the beat to these songs are good enough to dance to.
It is difficult to comment on every song because each one has a beauty of it's own and is uplifting to listen to.
This album has convinced me that I need to add more of their albums to my Christian music collection.
This is a must for all collectors of good Christian music!!
"All the colors of the rainbow...." Jul 19, 2002
Hello my fellow Christians! My name is Mark Lee and I am 15 years old. Not so long ago, I had not heard much about Avalon except that they wrote an awesome song called "Testify to Love", and from the moment I learned that song was on this CD, I had to get it. But I didn't expect ALL the other songs on the CD to be just as good! Every single song on this CD is excellent in one way or another.
Avalon's fast songs have fun pop beats and great harmonies that make you want to keep listening to them right from the very beginning, plus inspirational lyrics that make me feel proud to be a Christian. "A Maze of Grace", "Speed of Light" and "The Move" are the three best songs to dance to, "Testify to Love" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" are the two best fast worship songs, and "A World Away" and "Forgive and Forget" are the two fast songs with the best lyrics. The former talks about how everyone makes mistakes and does stupid things in life, and now when we look back on ourselves, we see how much we have changed since then. The latter reminds us not to forget that God forgives us for the things we do wrong.
However, the slow songs are just as good. "Adonai" and "Reason Enough" are two worshipful ballads with beautiful, passionate lyrics describing God's awesome love for us. And the last track, "Dreams I Dream For You", is the voice of God talking to the listeners, asking them to live a life according to God's hopes for them.
If there is any flaw at all in this CD, it is that its running time is only a little more than 42 minutes long. This, however, is not even close to being "reason enough" to not buy this CD. With every song featuring richly blended vocals, awesome music, and deep, meaningful lyrics, this is a near-perfect CD that should please just about anyone who likes contemporary Christian music. If you have even the slightest interest in contemporary Christian music--and I can't possibly imagine why you could be reading this review if you don't--buy this CD immediately!