Release Date: August 13th 2021
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Life Is Good (feat. Apollo LTD)
In a world where lockdowns are still occurring, and social distancing is a thing of the present and our very future; I think we as a people are very hesitant to declare that ‘life is good’. We generally have this caveat- that life will be good once ___ happens. Whatever it is, we think that once we get ‘it’, be it a car or a spouse or kids, or that nice new pay rise, that job we’ve been eyeing for forever, or that holiday we’ve been dreaming for who knows however long… we think that we’ll be happy and that life will be good once all of those things happen. Well… speaking from someone who is spending 1 month and a half (and counting) in lockdown, can I say that life can be good in the absence of these things, if only we have a positive outlook, and if only we can rely on Jesus, the only One who is faithful, reliable and trustworthy.
Courtnie Ramirez is a young up-and-coming artist who has an extremely bright future in the CCM industry. Signed to Gotee Records, Courtnie has wowed us many times over the past year with her inspiring songs like “Perfectly Loved”, “Yours”, “Chase Me Down” and “Who We Are”… and you can read our reviews of her songs here. She is someone who will be in the industry for a long time yet. But the latest single “Life Is Good” with Apollo LTD? Sorry, Courtnie, but can we say that this song is only so-so? Can we say that this song is only ok, and then just leave it at that? There’s nothing that is wrong with the song per se, but the 3-minute pop track is fairly unmemorable and doesn’t feature a whole lot for Apollo LTD to do as a guest artist. Lyrically and thematically the song is noble and admirable- about declaring life is good in the midst of trouble and trials- but haven’t we heard this before with “Blessed Be Your Name”, “Desert Song”, “Hills And Valleys” or “Do It Again”? Courtnie is an artist to be on the lookout for. But I for one will listen to “Perfectly Loved” over “Life Is Good” in a heartbeat. The sentiment is there. But the execution is… missing something. Listen away, guys- and let me know if you agree with me. But in the meantime, let’s anticipate Courtnie Ramirez’s full length debut album in the future. Because I’ve positive it’ll be more inspiring than this. Which is an ok song, but not spectacular!
RIYL: Riley Clemmons, Jaci Velasquez, Jordin Sparks, Lauren Daigle