Item description for Audio CD-Ending Is Beginning by Downhere...
Overview 1. Bleed for This Love 2. Here I Am 3. Cathedral Made of People 4. My Last Amen 5. Hope Is Rising 6. Something Heavenly 7. Come Back Home 8. All at War 9. Don't Miss Now 10. Live for You 11. Problem 12. Beggar Who Gives Alms 13. How Many Kings (Bonus Track)
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Studio: Word Entertainment
Record Label Centricity Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.8" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Sep 23, 2008
Publisher EMI CMG Distribution
ISBN 8261052397 ISBN13 0829619106824 UPC 829619106824
Reviews - What do customers think about Audio CD-Ending Is Beginning?
Amazing music and wonderful lyrics-stunning album!!! Jun 28, 2009
Wow!!! I decided to buy this cd based on reviews and a couple songs off it that I heard on the radio, and I'm so glad I did. What an amazing cd, both musically and lyrically. The vocals are awesome, and every song is awesome. This is definitely one of the best cds I've heard in awhile.
Every track is a winner May 26, 2009
These songs provide a rich variety of musical flavors, but unlike those chocolate samplers, every one of them is good. I don't know whether their style is best described as adult contemporary, pop, rock, or alternative -maybe all of the above.
My wife and I both love the entire CD, but we each have our own favorites. My top two are the fun, compelling, and rich My Last Amen, and the soaring anthem, Hope Is Rising. My wife's top two are The Problem, with the verses featuring acoustic guitar and understated accompaniment until things pick with the chorus, and Cathedral Made of People, which features the two lead singers trading the microphone back and forth between the gritty rock voice of Jason and the smooth, Freddy Mercury-esque voice of Marc.
Yup - there are two lead singers. That's part of what makes Downhere great, I think. Both of the leads write and sing, which probably keeps the songs from ever sounding too similar to one another. And their two very different voices come together in beautiful ways throughout the CD. Supporting every song are Glenn on bass guitar and Jeremy on drums, providing the perfect foundation for every song, as well as little touches and unexpected accents that add an additional layer of interest.
I would love this music even if it were in a language I did not understand, but on top of the great sound that perfectly captures the emotion of each song, the lyrics are poetic and intriguing, pointing us toward the message of hope that is at the heart of this project. I hope these guys will be together writing great music for many years! (Psst - they have a Christmas CD coming out in the Fall of 2009!)
Awesome CD Feb 10, 2009
I absolutely love this CD. I give 5+ stars to most of the songs. Each one is so different, they don't just run into each other like some CDs do. The song Live for You is 10+ stars. I really hate to mention just one song because all of them are so good. You will not be disappointed with this CD!
FANTASTIC album in every way! Oct 21, 2008
Listening to this album envoked a feeling I haven't experienced for quite a while, at least not with recorded music...a tremendous appreciation that there even is a such thing as music. May sound crazy or simple, but most of the time we listen, we either like or dislike, we are entertained or not, and we appreciate something or other of what we just heard. Downhere's "Ending Is Beginning" has defied my typical music listening experience. I'm an avid music fan, and a musician myself, and something about the CD drew me to a place of abundant appreciation for the gift we call music.
It's not often these days that you find a band with the talent to bring top-tier musical quality, along with a message that makes you think about what you just listened to. Downhere certainly qualifies...tremendous talent in vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, songwriting--what else could you ask for?!?! The songs vary in style (I'm so sick of CDs where every song sounds the same) and truly have something relevant to say. Beyond just enjoying the music, you'll find yourself actually mulling over the lyrics even after each song is over. Not a common thread in music these days.
If there were room for 10 stars, it'd be no contest for me with this album. I have to say it's one of the best in quite a while, well worth the listen! I can't even pick a favorite song, too many great ones! I could go on and on about this CD, but I'll simply urge you to buy and listen (and buy their previous album, "Wide Eyed And Mystified" too). If you don't know Downhere, you don't know what you're missing. Here's to praying this band sticks around and blesses us with music for years to come...
Challenges to Keep Living No Matter What Oct 11, 2008
I'll admit when I first put downhere's fourth CD in the player, I wasn't that impressed. It just didn't seem to have the spark their last project had. And while I do still feel that their third CD was better, this one has really grown on me.
As with most CD's, it's hard to pin down on overall theme. But if I had to, I'd say that the idea of facing life's challenges head on no matter what seems to be predominant. It's evident from the very beginning with "Bleed for This Love." The song is written from Jesus' point of view as He reminds us He will always be there for us. "Cathedral Made of People" reminds us that, even under persecution, Christians are victorious. And "Don't Miss Now" challenges us to enjoy life while we long for Heaven. Speaking of longing for Heaven, "My Last Amen" speaks of just that thing.
The struggle to live as God calls us to live becomes the topic of several songs as well. "Something Heavenly" really lays out the issue as they admit "I really am my own worst enemy." And "Coming Back Home" could be sung by the prodigal as he attempts to make things right again. For a lighter take on the issue, look no further than "The Problem." Yep, all the problems of the world are finally solved in this song - Me.
As a bonus track, the disc closes with their Christmas hit "How Many Kings." I love this ballad.
Stylistically, they range from rock to ballad and back again. And having Marc and Jason as two lead vocalists allows for some fun moments vocally.
This disc had the impossible task of following downhere's best release to date. And it succeeds pretty well. 4.5 stars rounded up.
Nov 30, -0001
Put away all the pigeonholes and boxes that Downhere has been put in over the years and open your ears to a significant creative leap for this Canadian band. Ending Is Beginning is catchy without being slick, uplifting without being pretentious, rocking without being raucous. Through relentless touring the band has added to their powerful sound while dual lead vocalists Marc Martel and Jason Germain deliver carefully crafted lyrics filled with optimism and hope.