Label: Centricity Music (CEY)
There's something different about Aaron Shust. His message is nothing new -- God is faithful, God is steadfast -- but his delivery somehow feels a little more raw than the polished praise of, say, a Chris Tomlin. There's a hint of an edge, even when he's singing a sunshiny song like "God of Brilliant Lights." That's not to imply that Shust doesn't mean what he's singing. Exactly the opposite. There's a diffused desperation simmering just under the surface that never lets us forget just what we've been saved from. That's something the genre needs more of, and Morning Rises delivers.