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Honestly

Phil Laeger

Honestly

Phil Laeger

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Someone has said, "Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway." It's clear from the first line of the first track of Phil Laeger's newest release that opening up his spiritual and personal journey is exactly what he intends. "I'm swimming fast from the wreck...", sings Laeger, setting the tone for the remainder of the songs, though not in the way you might expect. Themes of grace, hope and redemption permeate Honestly, an album which fits squarely in the musical genre of Christian pop-rock. Honestly doesn't leave the listener on auto-pilot though, with some pleasant thematic and musical variance: the piano interlude "Into the Light", which is easy to imagine as the basis of a film score; "Boy Become a Man", a beautiful ballad in which Phil bares his heart about his desire to be a good father and raise good sons; the funky "Do What You Want To", complete with sax/horns/clav/claps breakdown and background murmur; and finally the emotive "Won't Forget You", with production reminiscent of Jars of Clay.

Dove-award winning artist Aaron Shust (writer of My Savior, My God) features on what is undoubtedly the most congregational number here, "Well Done", a worship song that provides somewhat of a focal point for the album. With the language of brokenness scattered across many of the songs, it might be easy to imagine despondency, not hope, as the central theme. "Well Done" clears up any hint of this possible misconception:

There is a reason for me to be here
There is a purpose that You have made clear
Jesus, I love You, and I want my life
To be lived for Your glory, to be good in Your sight

"Well done" - I wanna hear You say, "Well done"
At the end of my days
All I want is Your praise...


Phil's cover of "When I Hear the Praises Start" by Keith Green (an obvious influence) takes nothing away from the original and is an easy front-runner for the first single. Meanwhile, "Where Else Could I Go?" (echoing Peter's words to Jesus found in John 6:68) brings to mind the lyricism of the Christian muse Rich Mullins, as Phil sings "Follow Me, come on and leave everything, come on and lay down your dreams, take up your cross and die. Place your bets on a kingdom you can't see yet, on a Pauper who paid your debts, whose death has brought you life."

These songs are hard and they're real. Laeger may be preaching, but he's preaching to himself and the honesty is indeed alluring. In the end, it's the last lines of the opening track "Coming Clean" that ring truest and give a sense of what he's aiming for with the transparency of Honestly:

I know who I am, just a broken man
Here I am, my Jesus, for Your purpose
I want Your voice to be heard
I want Your light to be seen
To shine across this land...
That every knee will bow down
And every tongue will confess
^Before the great I AM, the spotless Lamb
Sing it out, sing it now, sing it loud,^I'm coming clean...


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About "Honestly"

Someone has said, "Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway." It's clear from the first line of the first track of Phil Laeger's newest release that opening up his spiritual and personal journey is exactly what he intends. "I'm swimming fast from the wreck...", sings Laeger, setting the tone for the remainder of the songs, though not in the way you might expect. Themes of grace, hope and redemption permeate Honestly, an album which fits squarely in the musical genre of Christian pop-rock. Honestly doesn't leave the listener on auto-pilot though, with some pleasant thematic and musical variance: the piano interlude "Into the Light", which is easy to imagine as the basis of a film score; "Boy Become a Man", a beautiful ballad in which Phil bares his heart about his desire to be a good father and raise good sons; the funky "Do What You Want To", complete with sax/horns/clav/claps breakdown and background murmur; and finally the emotive "Won't Forget You", with production reminiscent of Jars of Clay.

Dove-award winning artist Aaron Shust (writer of My Savior, My God) features on what is undoubtedly the most congregational number here, "Well Done", a worship song that provides somewhat of a focal point for the album. With the language of brokenness scattered across many of the songs, it might be easy to imagine despondency, not hope, as the central theme. "Well Done" clears up any hint of this possible misconception:

There is a reason for me to be here
There is a purpose that You have made clear
Jesus, I love You, and I want my life
To be lived for Your glory, to be good in Your sight

"Well done" - I wanna hear You say, "Well done"
At the end of my days
All I want is Your praise...


Phil's cover of "When I Hear the Praises Start" by Keith Green (an obvious influence) takes nothing away from the original and is an easy front-runner for the first single. Meanwhile, "Where Else Could I Go?" (echoing Peter's words to Jesus found in John 6:68) brings to mind the lyricism of the Christian muse Rich Mullins, as Phil sings "Follow Me, come on and leave everything, come on and lay down your dreams, take up your cross and die. Place your bets on a kingdom you can't see yet, on a Pauper who paid your debts, whose death has brought you life."

These songs are hard and they're real. Laeger may be preaching, but he's preaching to himself and the honesty is indeed alluring. In the end, it's the last lines of the opening track "Coming Clean" that ring truest and give a sense of what he's aiming for with the transparency of Honestly:

I know who I am, just a broken man
Here I am, my Jesus, for Your purpose
I want Your voice to be heard
I want Your light to be seen
To shine across this land...
That every knee will bow down
And every tongue will confess
^Before the great I AM, the spotless Lamb
Sing it out, sing it now, sing it loud,^I'm coming clean...


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Meet the Artist

Phil Laeger

Phil Laeger is an independent Christian artist from Atlanta, Georgia, currently living in Melbourne, Australia. In 2005, Phil co-wrote the National Day of Prayer Theme Song in the States with Rebecca St James. In 2008, Micah Challenge Australia featured Phil's song "Beggar's Hand" on the Heart Life VOICE project, an album of worship that speaks of God's compassion for the marginalized. His latest release, Honestly, produced by Dove award-winning producer Dan Hannon, was released March 15th, 2010.

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Music for the journey
5 stars By steven, May 06 2010
I love music that speaks about the journey of life, celebrating the highlights and lifting us for the low lights. 
I am drawn to music that feeds my soul and spurns me on. 
Laeger's music does this and comes from a deep place. A place of honesty and humility. 
This album is another great work giving us all great music to encourage us on the journey of faith.
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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 306511
  • Product Code 884501282611
  • EAN 0884501282611
  • Tracks 10
  • Department Music
  • Category Pop Rock
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Phillip Laeger
  • Release Date Jan 2010
  • Dimensions 124 x 142 x 10 mm

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