Reviewed by Cory Clubb
Anorak by Ruth
"Ruth has delivered a satisfying effort and underrated assortment of music."
In 2007 we were introduced to indie rock band Ruth with their debut release Second Hand Dreaming. Not even twelve months later we are gifted with the band’s sophomore release, Anorak. This album combines straightforward, honest pop rock with the best in real life experiences.
Now if you are not familiar
with the band’s sound or musical styling,
please allow me to indulge. The unconventional methods Ruth has are quite
different than other bands and musicians playing on the radio, which might
slip them under the rug to some. But this gem of an album shines bright and
hopefully gets the exposure it deserves. Songs like “Back to the Five”, “Hearts
on Sleeves”, and “Pure Concept” gets the beat moving and
warrants a second listen. While others such as “Nothing to Hide”, “Forgetting
to Remember”, and “Dead Giveaway” slow down the pace and
delve into melodies of thought. The interesting acoustic track “Miracle
Photo” sounds as if it’s recorded live giving it a unique flavor,
which seem a bit out of place on the album. Yet, in a whole Ruth has delivered
a satisfying effort and underrated assortment of music.
Lyrically, the pop/rock anthems revolve around worship themes that leak out as personal stories of redemption, spirituality, and love. “Who I Was and Who I am” develops as a personal reflection of changing for the better and how turning your life over to Christ can be rewarding. The next track “Rolling with the Punches” bounces along with giving our daily struggles to Christ as lead singer, Dustin Ruth, says “It’s all yours if you want it, you take it all so selflessly.”
Ruth offers a great follow-up
with Anorak and it’s hard to stop listening
once started, as catchy beats and a mellow flow draws in the listener. Although
at some times similarities point to more popular bands such as Relient K,
The Rocket Summer, and Weezer. If you are looking for something fresh and
new in today’s Christian music scene look no further.
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.