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Abandon EP

3.9 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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Delivering a modern, alternative rock sound with a mission to reach the youth of today with a positive message is what San Antonion based Abandon is all about. Comprised of brothers Josh and Justin Engler, along with cousins Stev and Dave Vela alongside Bryan Fowler, Abandon's music is driven by high energy guitar riffs and pop rock vocals that are built to fill a stadium.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Forefront
  • ASIN: B001UJIMT6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Joseph Siegler TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2009
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First, when I received this, I didn't know it was an EP, that surprised me a bit. I also have a hard time writing anything "not positive" about Christian music. I'm a Christian myself, and it's always joyous when someone uses music to spread the word of God. That part is great.

The music itself? Well, I have to say the first song "Providence" had a great hook for me. I was really looking forward to the rest of the disc after that. However, the other songs settled into a "mostly sound the same" kind of groove for me. Perhaps it's because I'm getting older (I'm 43 now), but generic pop music doesn't do much for me. It's not like I don't like the genre (big fan of the Afters), but this disc was a bit of a letdown after the first song being so good, and the rest being kind of "eh".

Still, it's not like it's awful. Far from it. It just doesn't light a fire under me musically. That make sense? :)
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Abandon are an alternative, Christian five-piece rock band who were inspired by the Bible verse of Joshua 22:3: "God has directed us not to abandon any brothers." And it turns out the band features two brothers and two cousins. Now I'm not a big fan of Christian music because most of it is poppy and alternative, whereas I like the harder stuff, but I've given this Abandon EP a chance.

Strangely, what first caught my attention was the album artwork. It looks like paint splatters and also reminds me of the Incubus Make Yourself artwork (and I believe there's a squid on that Incubus cover, so yes, I'm aware the comparison is odd). The music hasn't really done anything for me unfortunately, and it's not even the fact it's Christian. I honestly wouldn't know they are Christian just by listening (unless the lyrics blatantly scream "Jesus," "God," etc. deciphering the messages is not exactly black and white); I had to look `em up to see what they stand for and such. This is just another dime-a-dozen alternative rock band to me. "Providence" is their big hit, and it's OK. Sounds of The Killers are definitely there. The rest of the EP really isn't that memorable.

Most of these songs will supposedly be on their upcoming full-length, Searchlights, but I likely will not be interested. Fans of the genre are sure to like these guys as I admit they're solid and promising.
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As I mentioned in a review for Philmont's album Oh Snap, I am a Christian and I love alternative rock music but I don't often listen to Christian rock because I grew up in the 80s and back then, with the exception of a very few bands, it was awful.

It has gradually gotten better over the past decade and it's great to see new bands who can create excellent music and vocals that can stand alongside the secular greats.

I really enjoyed Abandon. I think the best way to describe their sound would be to imagine Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Coldplay, and Muse, all rolled up together and coated with some thoughtful and inspiring Christian lyrics. The music and vocals are superior to most Christian rock I've heard and I can tell that these musicians care not just about the words they sing, but they strive to make excellent music also.

I wouldn't say that all of the songs really stick in my head. A couple of them do, especially the first one which is about Peter's betrayal, but this is a highly impressive album.
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Reason for not giving a 5 star is that I tend to reserve that for music that is solely focused on God. Though many of the songs are just that, there are a couple focused on our own plight. It's simply MY preference that "Christian" music focus our minds on God

With that said, what I appreciate about the music these days is that "Christian" music isn't the hokey, lower production sounds of the 80's and 90's that many of us fell in love with. The music of today is full-bodied and rich = great sound overall

With this group the lead singer's voice isn't overly distinctive, but very typical of the teen, indie music scene. He has some great falsetto, but we really only see this in one song.

The sound & tone of this album resonates the title of "Abandon".

Track 1 - Providence
* The only "story" type song on the album
* It's about someone denying God's call, yet its all within God's providence
* can really hear the pleading in the music/voice

Track 2 - Be Alive In Me
* nice indie rock
* I felt the passion of the words of the singer calling God to take control

Track 3 - Hold On
* A call to do exactly that. . .
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