Out of the heart of Maine comes Universal's latest signee, The Wrecking. These northern natives have already gained publicity through festivals across the nation, including Harvest Fest right here in Pennsylvania. The mission of this group is completely transparent through their music: to share the love of Jesus Christ and bring hope to the lost. A New Abolition only continues to help solidify this sole purpose and the band's future success.
"Inside" kicks off as the debut opener, delivering a heartfelt cry for spiritual transformation. "Sights and Sounds" creates a soft rock tune with intricate lyrics and the realization of God's presence in the midst of all the noise around us ("You're all around, more real than sights and sounds"). "In Your Eyes," a cover of Peter Gabriel's popular 1986 song, contains catchy rhythms intertwined with harmonizing vocals, while "The Deep" continues the pattern of upbeat tracks and a simple yet relatable message.
"You Remain" depicts the omnipresent state of our Father in every phase and situation that occurs within our lives and the world. "Burn The Bridges" is definitely a unique track for A New Abolition, combining funk elements with a jazzy mood. "Breakthrough" takes the quality up a notch with a more aggressive feel both musically and vocally. "The Reel To Real" illustrates the paradox of spirituality and salvation, how we are all labeled as sinners yet are made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ.
"The New Jerusalem" makes reference to Revelation 21, which speaks of the Rapture and how Christ will prepare a special place for all those who believe in Him. In addition, this song forewarns those who may be "spiritually sleeping" and urges them to ready themselves for Christ's return ("The New Jerusalem is coming, someday, you gotta get up, pick your head up, and get yourself ready"). "March On" encourages people to rise up and take initiative, whereas "The Waiting" closes the album with Doug Elder's melodic voice and added electronic mixings.
While The Wrecking may be considered reminiscent of bands such as Cross Culture and MuteMath, their music possesses a distinctive sound all their own. And while some may view this record as nothing groundbreaking and extraordinary, it sure gives this pop/rock quartet the jumpstart needed for acclamation and exposure.- Review date: 8/18/08, written by Laura Sproull of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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