To prematurely label The Exchange’s self-titled EP, we will simply call it what it is: a catchy worship album. The band merges praise and worship-themed songs with a bright, alternative pop sound. Though produced by Brooks Paschal (formally of Sullivan), this album still attains an awfully raw feel. There is, however, promise for the vocals to mature as the band grows. Capricious from track-to-track in its pop/rock sounds, the lyrics continue in a very honest, yet youthful, fashion. In some ways, the direct lyrical method The Exchange uses presents no threat of misinterpreting their tracks’ meanings, but when the listener doesn’t need to dig much to find the treasure beneath, the result is far less satisfying than the band intends.
Lest we go further without saying, the band should be credited with talent and sure potential in their early career. Geared more to the younger adult audiences, you’re more likely to discover this style of music at any given Wednesday night youth service. Their message has been soundly received by national airplay on a few popular Christian radio stations, and a lot of the songs would be great choices to consider for your next worship set.
Their first single, “A Brand New Day,” takes on a catchy sing-a-long vibe reminiscent of those Hot Heart days long past. Be warned, it will sink its hooks in you. This album does fine at drumming up positive emotions and The Exchange could pair well with artists such as Needtobreathe, Switchfoot and Tenth Avenue North.
When looked on as a whole, The Exchange showcases mediocre musical prowess at best coexisting among understandable space for improvement.