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Pieces of A Real Heart by Sanctus Real

Reviewed by Cory Clubb

"Pieces of a Real Heart, has just that, heart, but lacks in the band’s rock sound, the driving force in previous albums. Yet don’t count them out."

The band Sanctus Real has been around for quite a while with solid releases raising them to become a staple in Christian music today. I’ve been listening to them ever since the band’s beginning and was excited to get my hands on the newest release. These guys have obvious talent and charisma with their music.

Sanctus Real has been known for years as rockers with an edgy sound---here it’s not the case. The track “Take Over Me” is the only glimmer of rock with this release. Yet wait. Don’t let that turn you away from this album. If you listen to Christian music, then you’ve probably heard at least one of their award winning tracks playing on the radio. The newest single from Pieces of a Real Heart is “Forgiven”, and it’s a knock out on the radio. Perfectly placed and toned in Sanctus Real style, it shies toward the pop and more contemporary side. This is a turn the guys have used on the bulk of the songs here. It’s something long time fans might not like, but it opens doors to new listeners. Even though Sanctus has shifted their sound on this album, one thing they haven’t lost is the quality and heart of their lyrics. Singer Matt Hammitt’s voice is very distinct and crisp as he sings with heart and emotion.

Pieces of a Real Heart, has just that, heart, but lacks in the band’s rock sound, the driving force in previous albums. Yet don’t count them out. While this release is more of a lateral move, Sanctus Real still packs a powerful musical touch.

Cory ClubbCory Clubb is author of the novel Saved by Grace and currently working on his first thriller. He holds a degree in Graphic Design and is always seeking to advance his talent as a writer. He is an avid reader, movie buff, and music enthusiast, tools he uses to infuse his imagination. He lives in central Illinois with his wife and three sons. You can find out more about his projects at his blog.