Nothing Left to Lose

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Subtle Christian themes transcend any faith.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Subtle message of stepping up in spite of difficulty and standing up for your beliefs: "I won't back down/I won't turn around...doesn't matter what comes crashing down/I'm still gonna stand my solid ground."


Some vivid imagery used to describe emotional wreckage: "I woke up this morning to a blood red sky/they're burning on the bridge and turning off the lights...the water is rising on a river turning red," "I would take a bullet for you," "blood in the rain."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"And your light, found my bottle in the night" is about it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Christian artist Mat Kearney uses lyrics that avoid explicit language, but offer sophisticated ideas and imagery that will make these songs most appealing to more mature tweens and teens. Although he's billed as a Christian artist, his religious talk is very subtle and can cross over to any faith.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byjb321678 July 13, 2012

A christin artist that really is outstanding.

I was first introduced to Mat Kearney at a Owl City concert. Owl City was on tour with Mat Kearney and Unwed Sailor. After the concert I realized how much I lik... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bylovehopefaith July 7, 2009

Great! Ages 11 and up!

Matt Kearny is the man!
He brings meaning to what its like to be a christian, I find his music uplifting and inspiring in regards to keeping the faith that I o... Continue reading

What's the story?

A versatile artist who handles gentle pop, edgy rap, and power ballads with equal competence, Mat Kearney is primarily a storyteller -- skilled in getting his point across with a combination of vivid visual description, visceral emotion, and heady intelligence. Fans should know that nearly half of the material on NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (his major-label debut) was previously released in 2004. But new fans will appreciate the depth and variety of the songs presented here, and some of the retreads sound freshly mixed.

Is it any good?

Nothing Left to Lose is an impressive collection of beautifully written songs performed with whole-hearted passion and smooth, poetic intensity. Although billed as a Christian artist, Kearney offers an inclusive, generous world view that will make his songs ring true to fans of any faith. Those looking for a little more Mat can find his music on the Grey's Anatomy soundtrack, Season 3.

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  • Families can talk about different ways in which you can get a message across. Is it more effective to be very obvious about your agenda, or to tell interesting stories that make a more subtle point?

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