The Moment, the seventh studio album from four-time Dove Award nominee Manafest, is filled with infectious rap-rock anthems infused with layers of trendy-pop beats. Thematically, Manafest focuses on life’s moments — the small and the big, the good and the bad — with a special emphasis on being fully present and alive in the midst of all of them. The honest, inspiring lyrics also focus on seizing opportunity and reaching for your dreams. In the spoken word-esque track “Light,” Manafest reminds us (and himself) that “a fighter isn’t someone who never fails. A fighter is someone who never quits. You really think He brought you this far just to leave you now?” The first single, “Edge of my Life,” is an upbeat, impassioned declaration to stay positive during life’s difficulties. Trevor McNevan (Thousand Foot Krutch) is featured in the slightly melodic track “Diamonds,” which is about struggling with addiction. “Paradise” and “Thrill of it All” are about joyous, celebratory moments, of fully relishing in God’s love and grace. Overall, Manafast has delivered a solid, well-crafted album that’s sure to be a hit.
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