Reviewed by Cory Clubb
"This release is not much different then current rock music in the same genre today. Listenable, but nothing really stands out."
from San Antonio Texas, rock band Abandon started playing in a worship
band at their
church then went on to play locally around
the state. Their band name originates from Joshua 22:3, which reads, "God
has directed us not to abandon any brothers". With their self-titled
EP release, singles have already started topping charts.
The EP opens with “Providence” a heavy layered beat track that is pretty good and seems to be the stand out song off the album. The next track “Be Alive in Me” tries it’s best to be a break out hit, and it sounds like it could enjoy some reasonable radio play, but it just falls short. The chart topping “Hold On” seems to be a bit confused and not sure if it should be a pop song or rock anthem. Songs “All Because Of You” and “Here Waiting” have a similar sound as tracks from band Sanctus Real. The last song “Atmosphere” is too drawn out and long for my taste.
The lyrics are well written and have core values and themes with Christ as the center. Yet, nothing outside the normal range of what is expected from a Christian band. Abandon at many points in their music sound similar to NeedtoBreathe, The Killers, and Between the Trees.
This release is not much different then current rock music in the same genre today. Listenable, but nothing really stands out. I was also a bit let down to find out there was only a six songs EP released instead of a full length album. Hopefully Abandon can draw together, experiment some more and produce a full release later on this year to bring about their full talent.
Cory Clubb is author of the novel Saved by Grace and currently working on his first thriller. He holds a degree in Graphic Design and is always seeking to advance his talent as a writer. He is an avid reader, movie buff, and music enthusiast, tools he uses to infuse his imagination. He lives in central Illinois with his wife and three sons. You can find out more about his projects at his blog.