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Ruth
Ruth | Tooth and Nail Records

Secondhand Dreaming (2007)

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After spending years trying to land a record deal in Los Angeles, the dejected singer/guitarist, Dustin Ruth, returned home to Portland, Oregon and fell into a life of drugs and hard partying. But with the help of a close friend, he straightened his walk, recommitted his life to Jesus, and eventually found a like-minded group of Christian musicians who agreed to use his last name as an acronym and mission statement: Return Us To Him.

The band's debut Secondhand Dreaming is Ruth's response to finding contentment in the Lord rather than rock 'n' roll dreams. Hopeful themes of God's unconditional love ('Standing Still,' 'Figure You Out,' 'Love Me Like You Do') and seeking him ('One Foot In, One Foot Out,' 'Secondhand Dreaming') are abundant, to the point where this is one of the most overtly Christian releases on Tooth & Nail since Thousand Foot Krutch—normally they assign the more openly spiritual artists to their sister label BEC Recordings. I can imagine some calling the lyrics too obvious and clichéd, but there's an honesty in them that rings true to Ruth's own self-expression.

Or maybe the straightforward messages are more palatable because their varied songs are so catchy and well written. Ruth is compared to a number of '90s pop/rock influences, but when you get down to it, they share many of the same qualities heard in the pop-friendly side of Switchfoot: soaring melodies, shimmering guitar rock, powerhouse hooks, bold drumming. Not to the point where Ruth sounds like a copycat, but more that you can imagine the band ably covering 'More Than Fine' and 'Gone'—or Jon Foreman and company belting out many of the songs on Secondhand Dreaming. Ruth is easy on the ears, and a Tooth & Nail band that can be appreciated not only for their timely sound, but song-craft as well.
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