Reviewed by Cory Clubb
Even Now by
"Lyrically, these guys don’t hold back. The originality and heart-on-their-sleeve style shows their astounding enthusiasm for Christ and their music."
I have always had an affinity for underdog bands out there. The bands that maybe not everybody has heard of, the ones who have that raw hardworking talent that goes overlooked. This is something that I believe indie rockers Foolish Things have as a group. Their latest album release Even Now provides proficient evidence of that fact. Like most, I had never heard of the band until I visited their Myspace page and listened to a few clips of their music and did some research on their history as a band. Foolish Things has been playing and ministering for ten years as a band, starting off as worship leaders for their youth group. Now, they travel the nation spreading the word of Jesus using the diverse musical gifts God has given them.
Their first album, Let’s Not Forget the Story, was released with critical acclaim. Even Now is their sophomore effort. The first cut on Even Now, “Shooting in the Dark” paves the road with heavy hitting guitars and boom’n beats. The next track, ”Who’d You Put in Charge”, doesn’t slow down the momentum and becomes a catchy stand out anthem about the choices we make in life and how we are effected by them. The title track, “Even Now” reaches a spiritual status that gets your heart beating and tingles your soul as if it is speaking directly to you.
Foolish Things bring a variety of sounds to Even Now that displays the band’s diversity as heard on tracks “Fight” and “Love Atmosphere” which give the band a different sound. Yet a certain downfall they seem to have in this release is their will to keep the listen focused and fresh. Their sound seems to be a bit jostled and unsure. Tracks like “Love Chained Me Here” and “Keep Us Together” aren’t bad songs--they just seem to slip through the cracks and don’t hold up well on this album. Other tunes such as “Hold On To What Is Easy” do pick up the pace of interest, but lose their footing and place within the album.
Lyrically, these guys don’t hold back. The originality and heart-on-their-sleeve-style shows their astounding enthusiasm for Christ and their music.
The first thing I recognized on this record is the band’s straight-forward message and openness. They are not worried what others may think. They don’t skirt around with mysterious lyrics. They just put it out there; it’s what gives Foolish Things their “raw” element.
I am new to the tunes of Foolish Things and am pleasantly surprised at their abounding talent. They sound like a cross between fellow artists Rush of Fools and Downhere with a dash of U2 thrown in, a sound that has been heard before. Even Now is a good release, but Foolish Things seems to still be growing and looking for their place as far as a band and a unique sound.
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.