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Building 429 self-titled

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"If you like bands like Switchfoot, Newsboys or Casting Crowns, you’ll enjoy the newest release from Building 429."

Back in 2005, I was given a limited edition CD promoting a new group called Building 429. The title track, “Glory Defined” was named BMI’s Christian Song of the Year and Jason, Michael and Jesse were named the Gospel Music Association’s 2005 New Artist of the Year. It was a sweet introduction to this group.

As with “Glory Defined” in 2005, “End of Me,” the album’s first single on their self-titled project and fourth studio release (their first with INO Records), is one of my favorites.

One might wonder how they came up with the name "Building 429." The answer can be found in Ephesians 4:29 where scripture says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

In this project, my personal favorites are: "End of Me" (track #2) which describes the death of self-righteousness, "Overcome" (track #4), "Always" (track #5), a beautiful ballad which begins with piano and "Bring Me Back" (track #7), a passionate plea to return to your first love. Within their distinctive sound, there are shades of the former American Idol finalist, Chris Daughtry as well as the now defunct Paul Colman Trio. The premise behind “Shoulder” (track #6) was something we’ve heard all before in other songs: “Everybody needs a friend now and then, To come and pick their heart up again, When everything gets shattered, Everybody needs someone to understand, Someone just to come and hold their hand To be there through disaster, And I’m gonna be there for you, so . . .”

“Your Love Goes On” (track #8) puts into contemporary terms the unconditional love of our Heavenly Father while ”Coming Home” (track #9) reminded me of the brokenness of the prodigal son as he returned to his father.

As I listen to Building 429, these phrases come to mind: driving guitar, tight vocals, solid rhythm section and melodies you’re able to sing with wherever you may find yourself.

If you like bands like Switchfoot, Newsboys or Casting Crowns, you’ll enjoy the newest release from Building 429.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.