Coming Up To Breathe
Label: Fair Trade/Columbia
Coming Up to Breathe for the first time in two years (not counting The Christmas Sessions), MercyMe evolve here into a rockier better bunch. Their previous pop was influential (multiplatinum thanks to "I Can Only Imagine"), but this LP debuts Southern rock with Brit rock curves ("Something about You," "You're to Blame"). The title track's hook loops endlessly but sticks, and the single "So Long Self" has Beatles appeal. They close with a digital bonus live version of "Here with Me."