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In the two years since Abandon's Forefront Records debut Searchlights, the San Antonio-based band scored a Dove nomination, throngs of critical acclaim and tours alongside Fireflight, Building 429, Remedy Drive, Teen Mania's Acquire the Fire, plus a plethora of major faith-based festivals. Amongst all the activity, the modern rockers crafted its sophomore CD Control, which finds the five-some taking the next natural evolutionary musical step, while also turning inward for their greatest lyrical depth to date.
The thirteen tracks that comprise Control are oozing with examples of the group's instant reliability and heart on sleeve vulnerability, despite all the interactions with success and fame since first starting as an indie act in 2005.
As the idea of Control continued popping up in the songwriting sessions, it was only natural for Abandon to follow suit with the album's moniker. However, it's more than merely a quick catch phrase that summarizes the thematic thread throughout the project, but also a chance for audiences to consider a handful of very pertinent rhetorical questions. "`Are you in control or is God in control?'" the singer encourages fans to ponder. "We basically want people to come away with an answer to `who's controlling your life?' We're not really looking for a quick answer, but more to challenge your perspective and to provoke thought and motivation. It's brave to question where you're at and search out your heart."
Between members' constantly developing faith, the project's adventurous sonic ambition, and perhaps most importantly, everyone's individual resignation of Control, Abandon is poised for its most active and effective season thus far.
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I have loved this band since the original EP released in 2008 and can't get enough of their sound musically, especially stand-out songs "Providence," "Hold On" and "Be Alive In Me." If you liked those songs, then you'll absolutely want to pick up this album immediately which picks up literally where it left off with hit song "Hero,"and includes a new recording of that song and is jam packed with energy from the other twelve new original songs. First single "Feel It In Your Heart" is already one of my top songs of the year and has quickly jumped up the charts with the super-catchy dance-flavored rock beat, similar to "Misery" by Maroon 5, but with an uplifting message. The song is about casting aside life's numerous distractions in favor of plugging into God's plan, in turn, stirring up an undeniable passion to go forth with an eternal mindset. "Help" has a Mute Math feel to the song, and acknowledges that in the challenges of life, rather than complicate things, we all need to cry out to God, "I need You." The guitar hooks actually just keep getting better with each song on this album, as "Live It Out," has one of the best guitar licks of the year and I love the driving rock beat and positive message.
"SOS" and "Push It Away" were both written with Aaron Gillespie and both songs usher in a slightly different sound. They both have more of a punk-rock feel overall and remind me of "Monster Monster" by The Almost musically. "Your Love Goes On" seems destined to be a hit in every radio format with the vertical lyrics and relatable theme. The song speaks about God constantly pursuing His creation, even those who feel unworthy or like they've committed too many sins in the past to be wiped clean. A couple of the other gems on this excellent album are at the end of the album, especially "Under Fire" and "Known." I love the electronic pulsing beat of "Under Fire" which is one of the best album tracks I've ever heard, and has a catchy chorus where Josh boldly proclaims, "we are under fire, but we know the Truth in our hearts, we are under fire, but we hold the Truth of who You are, and though we haven't seen Your face, we know that we walk by faith, we are under fire but it only burns, burns our doubt away." It really has a Brit-rock feel to the song and I can't get enough of this great song. The last two songs, "Known" and "Hero" are all about knowing and being known by our Savior, Jesus. If you are wondering about the basis of the hope-filled messages of this great band, then get to know Jesus and experience true joy.
If you're looking for an album to get you excited about your faith and you like Brit-rock bands U2 and Coldplay and alternative rock bands The Killers and Mute Math, don't miss out on the best Christian alternative rock album of the year. Control by Abandon will certainly be one of my top albums of the year. The stand-out songs are "Feel It In Your Heart," "Help," "Live It Out," "Your Love Goes On," "Under Fire" and "Hero."
For fans of: Coldplay, The Killers, House of Heroes, Incubus.
After hearing just a few seconds of the album opener, "Feel It In Your Heart," Abandon fans can't help but notice a significant change of musical direction for the band. Abandon's sound has often been compared to The Killers, but with Control, they have proven that they are capable of getting out of their normal musical element while still sounding completely comfortable with their sound. Control still feels like Abandon in every way, but they also make their way into an interesting style that sounds like rock, pop, and dance... all at once. It's simply fantastic, to say the least, and it makes almost every song extremely entertaining without sacrificing an ounce of creativity or depth.
The album's opening trio of songs, "Feel It In Your Heart," "Help," and "Live It Out" start the album off with some of the most obvious dance influences and also some of the most fun and catchy moments on the record. "S.O.S." and "Push It Away," both of which were co-written with Aaron Gillespie, successfully deliver the album's harder, head-banging tracks, while "Why Does It Take So Long?" and "Known" wind the album down with some quieter, more reflective moments. "Your Love Goes On" and "New Years Day" are easily the album's strongest offerings, delivering some truly worshipful moments of simply singing for joy because of who God is and what He has done. Both songs are even more emotionally driven than the rest while still holding onto the core sound that characterizes the rest of the album. Truth be told, every song on this album is great in one way or another, and each song has its own special quality and at least one shining moment, making Control easy to listen to over and over again.
The lyrics on Control mostly fall under the theme of letting go of everything and relinquishing our illusion of control to God, who is actually in control. "Let Go" especially brings this theme into view as it tells the listener, "You could let go of all these things you hold/ You could let go and watch your life unfold/ You're part of a grand design/ Bigger than what you had in mind/ But you'll never know/ Until you let it go"). Most of the other songs fall under this theme in some way, but plenty of other ideas are brought up as well. "Feel It In Your Heart" is a reminder that no matter how good we look on the outside, it means nothing if our hearts are not right with God, while "Live It Out" asks listeners to live out God's Word with the lyrics, "Can you feel the urgency now?/ It's time for us to love out loud/ Take what we know and live it out." "Your Love Goes On" delivers the album's most powerful lyrics with a chorus that worshipfully recalls God's faithfulness and love towards us, while "New Years Day" is a joyous celebration of salvation ("Dark has turned to light/ and I will celebrate/ all my wrongs made right/ everything has changed/ my sins have been erased/ and it feels like New Years Day"). There are only a couple particularly creative lyrical twists on the record, but the themes are consistently solid and sincere, making Control a lyrical success as well as a musical one.
Once you've listened to Control once, it's extremely difficult to refrain from listening to it again. Abandon's revamped musical style is irresistibly fun, unique, and emotionally charged, and the lyrics are full of important reminders to trust God and live out His Word. Every single song is likable in some way; most of them are simply fantastic. Abandon has crafted an excellent record that simply can't be missed, so I highly recommend you get a copy of Control immediately; you won't regret it.
I had a hard time putting my finger on who they reminded me of, but since I'm over 45 my references were U2 (especially Song For The Broken), a hint of The Cure and Cheap Trick (especially Hold On). I love the vocals. My 14 year old thinks they sound Hot Chelle Rae and my 17 year old loves the song S.O.S. while my husband loves the song Hero. I love them all and am surprised I had never heard of them before. Cannot wait to see them in concert next month!
I just realized I was mentioning songs from their Searchlights CD, but both their CD's are fabulous. For 2 weeks I have listened to nothing else.