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Great debut album
on May 10, 2010
I had the chance to see The Letter Black (along with RED) in support of Skillet's "Awake and Alive" tour. I saw them live about a week before this album came out.
I have to say I'm impressed with this debut album's vocal style and crunching riffs. The opening track is a face-pounding aggressor that comes firing out of both barrels and will leave the listener gasping for breath as the song segues into track 2. It's along a similar vein as Flyleaf or Fireflight (a powerful rock band fronted by a female vocalist), though The Letter Black has their own style which sets them apart from either of those bands.
There really isn't a weak track on this album. Each song complements all the others and adds to the album in its own way.
The use of strings is comparable to Skillet or RED, and the range on this album is worth mentioning as well; while the album is anchored by aggressive rockers such as "All I Want", there are a couple relatively lighter songs like "There'll Come a Day" or "More to This." (The guitar work on "More to This" also deserves a nod.)
Standouts (for me) are "Believe," "Moving On," "All I Want" and the title track, "Hanging On By a Thread" - though as previously mentioned, the whole album is great. "Hanging On By a Thread" is a great song, a plea for God to help keep the speaker hanging on and keep the speaker from losing themselves, "All I Want" is a great pounding song about how all God wants is for us to keep believing in Him - whether things are going our way or the world is crashing around us. Sarah Armstrong's vocal range on "Believe" is quite diverse, and in a sense rivals Dawn Richardson's from Fireflight on the song "Unbreakable".
If there is a weakness on this first effort, some of the songs are a tad redundant (I don't know how many times they sing the chorus on "Fire with Fire", and the last minute or so of "Invisible" is essentially the chorus repeated over and over) but it's not redundant to the point of being annoying.
I look forward to hearing more from this talented young band in the future. A solid debut such as this is usually the mark of a strong band and a successful career - case in point, Led Zeppelin and Boston: both bands had incredible debut albums, and remarkably solid careers.
The album closes just like it begins - a growling rocker that instantly sucks the listener in. When the last song ends, the only disappointment is that there aren't any more songs.
I definitely recommend this album to fans of Skillet, RED, Flyleaf, Fireflight, or just fans of music.