‘Hard Love’ is Needtobreathe’s sixth studio album and one I have been anticipating for quite awhile. Needtobreathe is one of my favorite bands and their last album wasn’t one of my favorite albums they have done. It had a darker tone and overall message and didn’t leave with me the great feeling I usually have with a Needtobreathe album.
When I heard about the new album, I was hoping they would lighten up a little and to my surprise they did more than that. They actually did deliver a much lighter, happier sounding album, but so much so that it feels more like a pop album. A POP ALBUM??? Needtobreathe is a southern rock, country, folk and straight up rock band. They are a Christian based band. They are not a POP Band. Maybe working with Gavin DeGraw on the song “Brother” influenced them greatly.
If you listen to their songs on this album, there is a drum machine. Not real drums, but a freakin’ drum machine. And dance grooves on some of the songs. WTF??? My mind is spinning, what is going on. The world has gone crazy!.