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For its sixth studio album, NEEDTOBREATHE switched up the sounds yet again, this time injecting bursts of electronics and swampy soul into its usual classic-southern-modern rock cross section. It may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but makes for a welcome expansion that’s feels particularly relevant to radio’s turning tides without ever losing site of the band’s artistic integrity. Perhaps some of it has to do with the guys’ road-tested tightness, or maybe even more likely, the album’s unflinching honesty as it traces everyone’s personal struggles and sacrifices to keep NEEDTOBREATHE firing on all cylinders after more than a decade together. In the process, the group not only shows its solidarity, but also provides a soundtrack of deliverance and perseverance for all, featuring a full-fledged anthem for every introspective moment.

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Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, and He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).

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