Curt Anderson has been making music for years, but has now released his label debut under Dream Records. The songs on Every Moment are radio-ready, but unfortunately they don’t offer anything noteworthy or memorable.
Serving as the first single, “Keep It Beating” is a piano-driven pop track that praises God for help in every instance of life. The song has a common rhyming sequence, and lyrics like “When I’m lost in the storm, You pull me into your arms, You take my broken heart and keep it beating” can already be found in many other songs on the radio. Musically, the song fares about the same with a predictable beat and crescendo.
The other eleven songs on the record are similarly forgettable, with beats that have been done multiple times by other artists, and lyrics like “To flood creation with Your justice and fill the universe with love” from “Holy” don’t cover any new territory or have little depth. While the messages are nice, such as how it is important to live the way God called us to before it’s too late (“Love Like You Love”) or to trust God no matter how bad the circumstances may be (“When It Hurts”), the unoriginality is hard to overlook. The highlight of the album is KJ-52’s contributions to the song “All of Me.” Though the rapping sounds out of place on a soft pop album, the emotion comes across more sincerely than any other place on the record.
Mediocrity can be a curse if too many artists attempt to do the same thing, and the more one listens to the same formula, the more glaringly obvious it becomes. By combining lyrics that have been heard time and time again with predictable melodies, Anderson has created an album that is very recognizable and ultimately unremarkable. Those who are looking for deep meanings and artistic songs should look elsewhere.