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Tricia (of Superchick) - Radiate [Review]

Tricia (of Superchick) - Radiate [Review]

By Joel Paul on August 23, 2013

Tricia’s first full-length solo project, Radiate, is happy, heartfelt, and injected with energy. I appreciate Tricia’s transparency and vulnerability with some of the content of the tracks. The songs are well developed and arranged, and her voice is very strong, solid, and musical. Some of the tracks will remind the listener of Tricia’s catalogue with Superchick; however, this body of work contains musical elements not typically associated with her days in Superchick.

“Everything As Loss” is a great lyrical and musical exposition of the Apostle Paul’s infamous testimony that he counted all things but loss to gain the knowledge of Christ. We might chase the purchase of a bigger house, a career with a higher earnings potential, or the latest electronic gadget, but the things of this world will fade when we are serving our God in eternity. “Let my life prove that compared to what you finished on that cross I count everything as ordinary, worth forgetting and nothing special, everything is dull in light of you” is the best lyric on this collection of songs. It succinctly states the teaching from Philippians. Counting everything as loss for the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord is a worthwhile life goal. It is excellent to know Christ intimately.

“Daughter of the King” is a slower composition on this collection which deals with individual self-confidence challenges. I suspect most of us struggle with self-worth and self-confidence from time to time. We may believe the lie we have no worth because we are not voted the most beautiful or handsome in a popular fashion magazine. “It’s not about the things you can see. The mirror has the world deceived. Just look at your heart to find who you are cuz image is not beauty” is very truth that needs to be proclaimed. While the lyric states “You are fearfully and wonderfully a daughter of the King”, we are all fearfully and wonderfully children of the King. There may be times we do not believe this, but we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and Christ’s blood made us heirs of God. This song is well written, well composed, uplifting, edifying, and encouraging which is what makes this set of songs a great addition to the musical landscape.

“Adding Up to a Miracle” is another highlight track. It’s driven by the steady digital kick and snare, enhanced by the electronic bass line, and spiced with synthesizer ambiance. “It’s all adding up to a miracle. One by one only love’s gonna save us.” This chorus delivers a powerful truth from the Word of God. God is love, and His love for us prompted him to allow Christ to be sacrificed for us. This is a joyful dance tune which gives hope to all. There are seasons we may feel like a zero, but day by day, one moment by one moment God reveals Himself and His love for us. This is indeed a theme in which to dance.

I found one song on this collection that confused me. The track “Good to be a Girl” doesn’t exactly fit into the overall theme of this collection. I think this song will definitely appeal to tween girls, and it will give them a song to sing and dance to which isn’t wrapped in sexual innuendo. However, I found the theme and topic to be out of place with the rest of the tracks on this album. The song isn’t bad, nor is the theme something young girls should not be exposed to. It just did not seem to fit with the rest of the tracks.

Overall these songs are encouraging, edifying, and filled with joy and real life topics. These songs will be great to blast out in your car stereo on a warm sunny Saturday morning as you run errands or simply go for a quiet drive alone. I say, enjoy them, and enjoy them loud!

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is a part of a third-party affiliate program.

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Joel Paul

Joel Paul

Joel grew up in Kansas City and began playing music at an early age. While his first musical lessons were for the accordion, he found his passion with guitar, mixed in a few years of flute, and has picked up bass the last three years. A husband for twenty years, and the father of two teenagers he plays bass and guitar as part of a praise team at a local congregation in the midtown corridor of Kansas City.