Reviewed by Cory Clubb
Perceptions by This Beautiful Republic
"This Beautiful Republic has created an interesting combination of spice and flare..."
On this band’s second outing, and only a mere sixteen months after their first release, This Beautiful Republic delivers a solid offering. Yet, a few problems arise while listening to this album.
Although the tunes are catchy and likeable, this performance is nothing new from their earlier release, but it’s a concrete effort nonetheless. Most of the songs start out slow and then whine with guitars and big beats, which the band pulls off very well, but it gets lost within the other tracks. Big hitting rock anthems in tracks “No Turning Back”, “Last Second Chance”, and “Stay with You Tonight” stick with you and make you want to listen again. Yet other songs tend to feel out of place on this album---as if the guys couldn’t decide what avenue they wanted the album to flow down.
Lyrically Perceptions is extremely straight forward. Themes of brokenness, trust, faith, and all out praise can be easily picked up from tracks like “Learning to Fall”, “Beautifully Broken”, “My God”, and “The Ones”. The single “For the Life of Me” carries a strong point as words drip with honestly and worship and singer Ben Olin has the ability to breathe air into the listener through his voice.
often wavers from simple pop to outright rock, throwing in a bit of punk
and screams for flavor. This Beautiful Republic has created an interesting
combination of spice and flare, and comparisons to the bands Switchfoot and
Relient K come to mind. Fans of Republic will like this sophomore record,
but those looking for something new might want to look elsewhere.
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.