With its debut, The Promise, this talented quintet established itself as the Christian community's most successful new act—racking up impressive sales numbers and winning the 2001 Dove Award fo

With its debut, The Promise, this talented quintet established itself as the Christian community's most successful new act—racking up impressive sales numbers and winning the 2001 Dove Award for best new artist, while also making strong inroads in the mainstream pop world. Now, with this engaging sophomore collection,

Nate Cole, Jeremy Mhire, Jason Perry, Nathan Walters, and Gabe Combs have taken a more active role, writing the bulk of the material, with Combs earning his first production credit. The result is a vibrant collection that spotlights the group's musical maturity. The vocals are stunning and the lyrics uplifting; musically, the sound is more aggressive, as demonstrated on "I Don't Care" and "Camouflage." "Let Me Be the One" and "Calling Down an Angel" are gorgeous ballads. In the end, there's not a throwaway cut in the bunch. With Obvious, Plus One is well-poised to take its place alongside acts like 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys.—DEP

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