Review: The House Always Wins

Less than a year ago, Heath McNease shocked us by unleashing 2 fantastic albums on the same day. One was a hip-hop album with his tongue-in-cheek style and the other was an acoustic album that surprised most listeners. On February 22nd, Heath is introducing the world to “The House Always Wins”. Taking on the cost and the promotion on his own, you can tell that this album was a labor of love.

What makes “The House Always Wins” so unique is the overall tone of the tracks. The project has a very light and fun feel while singing about relationships, life lessons and spiritual topics. The people who have followed Heath’s hip-hop work might be surprised to see that these tracks are strictly singer/song writer in their style. On the track Come Prepared, you can clearly hear the hip-hop vibe that Heath is best known for.

The album has a “Caribbean” vibe that comes in with tracks like Too Much Love, On and Down, and Blend. In an interview on The Collision Podcast, Heath said “I think it kind of bridges the gap for the acoustic stuff that I do and the hip-hop stuff because there’s a rhythmic meter to it. A lot of times I tend to write with this chunky, rhythmic strumming and palm slapping.”

A stand out track for myself is the song Waiting for Godot. Taken from Samuel Beckett’s play of the same name, Heath explores dealing with doubt from the perspective of a Christian. The song has a dark feel to it but does a great job of meeting the listener that has faced that moment of doubt in their faith.

From start to finish, you can tell that this album was not a rush job just to make “another album”. The song writing, the production and the honesty in the lyrics all show that this is something bigger. This album was made for the fan and for the person who’s never heard Heath McNease’s unique style.

“The House Always Wins” can be purchased on Amazon or via iTunes on February 22, 2011. Heath is giving away 10 copies of the album on Episode 42 of The Collision Podcast. Be sure to listen and enter to win this incredible album.

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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at

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