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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? :)
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.
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.
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. . .Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Music is usually a subjective experience for the listener so please take everything with a grain of salt. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Andrew Kim
This album is decent but not great. I say this because there are only six songs on the entire album and of the six there were only three songs that I really enjoyed. Read morePublished on November 22, 2010 by Vicki Williamson
This CD contains 6 songs. It is Christian Pop/Rock. While none of the songs grabbed me and made me want to listen over and over, I didn't dislike it either. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Scott Bright
I love this ep. This group has a very unique alternative sound, and I love it. The sounds remind me of U2 and coldplay, and I really loved those bands before. Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by yemo
The songs are ok but nothing especially exciting either lyrically or musically. But it is not off-putting and that is a good thing.Published on June 17, 2010 by Audio Maven
By the Gospel group, Abandon as they go through their first effort. It is a pretty decent collection of songs. But it ended up coming up short for me. Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by Derrick Jenkins
The Abandon CD is an EP (extended play) containing 6 uplifting, catchy songs. My favorite song on the CD is Atmosphere for its smooth vocals, laid back melody and uplifting lyrics... Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by J. Worth
The first song on this EP is very good. The lead singer has a great voice, with a lot of energy.
Overall, I feel that the band did a very good job. Read more
For their first CD release, this CD rocks!! Like most of my CD's, it was bought for one song, and I'm now in love with all of them. Read morePublished on August 10, 2009 by A. Johnson