Runaway City File:
Reviewed by Amy Sondova
Armored Heart by Runaway City
"...the album is pure, unadultered rock with guitar riffs and solos as well as confessional lyrics that actually say something."
From the eerie chords that usher in the first song to the final notes, Runaway City is forging for itself a musical path with their debut album, Armored Heart. The North Carolina rockers are heavily influenced by the likes of Daughtry, Switchfoot, needtobreathe, and Three Doors Down. Despite similarities with their influences, Runaway City is doing a fine job developing a sound all their own.
Perhaps the best thing about Armored Heart is its rockability factor. Simply put, the album is pure, unadultered rock with guitar riffs and solos as well as confessional lyrics that actually say something. “Fade,” the first single on the album is a song about Christ’s love for believers as they undergo many trials, while “Longing” talks God’s unconditional love despite mankind’s failings. “Scars,” another fan favorite, has stand-out lyrics that beg for healing from the pain evidenced by “scars.”
Each song on Armored Heart is a transparent look at an artist’s heart as he struggles to make sense of his relationship with God, and that is a transparency that the band hopes to pass onto listeners through not only lyric, but also with their lives.
What I really love about Armored
Heart is this—there’s no filler.
Each and every song is well-done, cuts to the heart, and makes for an impressive
debut album from Runaway City with Armored Heart.
Amy Sondova is a writer specializing in media writing, including interviews and reviews, as well as blogging. Having interviewed over 30 of the top musicians, writers, and speakers in the Christian media, Amy has also written countless columns, reviews, and articles on various topics including mental illness, self-injury, working with teenagers, and Christianity. As well as holding a B.A. in communications, Amy holds a M.A. in biblical counseling, and has worked as a professional therapist. You can visit Amy’s online playground at BackseatWriter.com which offers a combination interviews, reviews, personal columns, and photography.