18 March 2014
| March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18)|
Joshua Crosby, Solomon Otis, Tim Rosenau
A Night to Remember
Christian hip hop, Contemporary R&B, Christian electronic dance music
A Night to Remember is the second studio album from Christian musician Shonlock, released on March 18, 2014, by Arrow Records and produced by Joshua Crosby, Solomon Otis and Tim Rosenau. The album saw commercial charting successes and positive critical reception.
A Night to Remember garnered critical praise. At CCM Magazine, Andrew Greer rated the album four stars out of five, stating that "Shonlock is pure gold." Dwayne Lacy of New Release Tuesday rated the album four stars out of five, calling it a "solid offering" on which "This time there is an extra zest added to accent it." At Jesus Freak Hideout, David Craft rated the album four stars out of five, writing how the release "is a magnificently tasteful project, encompassing all of the elements that Shonlock has come to represent." Yet, Craft says that "The 10-track album can feel a little short, but is assertively complete, and although there are a few weaker or average songs, the vast majority of the album hits a home run." Timothy Estabrooks of Jesus Freak Hideout rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, saying how he is "pleasantly surprised" with the album and "While Shonlock isn't breaking new ground here, instead sticking to a tried and true hip-hop influenced electronic dance pop sound, he's really quite good at what he does." Also, Estabrooks states that "While this album may be too familiar or too radio-friendly to deserve an abundance of praise, it's still a great dance pop album and is definitely worthy of more than a few spins."
At Christian Music Review, Daniel Edgeman rated the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, noting how the release "has soft R&B along with the uptempo songs that get you moving", and writes that the project is "a pep rally for your Christian walk." Jason Rouse of Alpha Omega News graded the album an A, saying that he recommends this album to anyone who just likes hip-hop music because "The lyrics are powerful and meaningful while the beats make it hard for you to sit still." Furthermore, Rouse notes that "This CD focuses on the moment someone invites Jesus into their life and the experiences that are tied to that decision." At CM Addict, David Bunce rated the album a perfect five stars, stating that "Every once in a while there’s an album that stands out as not just a piece of art, but a bridge which unites thought, talent, powerful lyrics, and fun", so he it is "definitely [...] an album to remember!" Jessica Morris of Jesus Wired rated the album an eight out of ten stars, calling it "A convoluted yet simple album, A Night To Remember sees Shonlock exercising the best of his musical abilities, drawing his audience closer to the truth of God."
For the Billboard charting week of April 5, 2014, A Night to Remember charted at No. 20 on the Top Heatseekers Albums, No. 46 on the Christian Albums, and No. 14 on the Gospel Albums chart.
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