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EXIT EAST (2005)
Exit East - Click to view!With a passion for "making great, intelligent music that is well-crafted and approachable, while carrying the truth of the grace of God in every minute of out lives... in good or bad," how can you go wrong? Exit East is only months old on Fervent Records, but they are already making waves in the Christian music scene.

The pop-rock driven sounds are lead by "Crazy," a song about when guitarist Jon Stanley realized God is worth taking a stand for; even if everyone else thinks he is crazy, he knows he is doing the right thing by standing up for his beliefs." "They call me crazy / cuz I am living in the truth / of how you love me / in spite of all that I do / and all you want from me / is for me / to close my eyes and see."

In sharp contrast to the harder sounds of "Crazy," "Me from Here" has more of a basic ballad feel. Similar to the slower sounds from The Kry, Exit East is able to capture the concept of being happy with what God wants us Christians to be. Arguably the best track on the album, "Me from Here" also draws in the humanistic aspect of the songwriter. It describes a personal story of Stanley's two boys — watching them play and thinking about all the joys on life — entrancing the listener to the message he is trying to convey.

With beats ranging from ballad, to techno, to rock, and covering almost every type if music, Exit East can appeal to just about everyone. But there is a problem they will eventually encounter: which side to expand on and become known for. The band is pulling people in with plenty of radio-style hits, but each song is so different they might have trouble keeping the audience for more than a song or two. Also, they are quite similar to many of the radio-ready bands emerging. There is hope for the future if they can choose the path they wish to take.
- Ashley Nier
May 2005
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