Chris Rice, Short Term Memories
An excellent overview of the first seven years of one of Contemporary Christian music’s strongest singer-songwriters.
This 2004 release is an excellent overview of the first seven years of one of Contemporary Christian music's strongest singer-songwriters. The album kicks off with the beautiful hit tune "Deep Enough to Dream,” and there really isn't a dud amongst this whole collection (which boasts five unreleased tracks). It's easy to get lost inside Rice's songs; there's a delightful specificity to his tunes, a conversational tone that belies a love of language and knack for phrase-turning. It's always devotional, and very rarely clichéd, and while it's easy to see why others want to cover him, as with most things it's best to get as close to the source as possible. On the standout track "Power of a Moment," Rice speaks directly to the Creator: "You know the number of my days/ So come paint your pictures on the canvas of my head and/ Come write Your wisdom on my heart/ Teach me the power of a moment."