The Real Thing


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Adam R. Holz
Bob Smithouser

Album Review

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A faithful heart and readiness to fight for love are central to “Willing to Try,” “The Real Thing,” the Switchfoot-inspired “U Make Me Better” and the Bon Jovi castoff “Nothing Without You” (an unused song written for the band’s last CD). Another anthem celebrating long-term commitment, “You’re Everything” promises, “I’ll be there to catch you right when you fall … I’ll be there until eternity ends.” “It’s My Life” values family and expresses contentment despite life’s uncertainties. The American Idol runner-up urges a friend to hang in there and look forward to “a lighter day” on “Hold On to Me.” “Valley of Angels” seems to describe a spiritual journey that added meaning to the singer’s life.

Objectionable Content

“U Make Me Better” subtly suggests a forbidden affair. The singer welcomes deception if it means spending the night with the woman he desires (“Lie … It’s Alright”). “You’re Everything” repeats the exclamation, “God, I’d do anything,” which could be interpreted as either a prayerful plea or a misuse of the Lord’s name.

Summary Advisory

Bo knows romantic commitment. It’s just one of many positive themes on his freshman release, a Nickelback-meets-Southern rock hybrid with few caveats.

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Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.

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