Even though Olivia The Band started up in 1995, Where We Come From It Never Snows is only their second full-length release to date, first since they parted ways with Essential Records and teamed with the Syntax folks. Fans of their first, self-titled release have likely been anticipating what's next to come out of Hawaii. However, the band makes it pretty clear with their new album that one thing that isn't coming out of paradise island is snow.
The album comes out of the gate with the fun-filled "808," with Reed Cromwell singing a loud anthem about fun in the sun and enjoying summertime. "Sunrise" and "Never Snows" follow suit with the same upbeat feel. The band's sound is at times reminiscent of early Sanctus Real, which I wasn't expecting when I picked up a "pop-punk" disc; I was expecting more of a Hawk Nelson vibe. Still, the record has plenty of fast and fun rock tracks that fans of bands like Stellar Kart will enjoy.
The boys do slow it down at times and take it a little bit deeper. "What I Need" is a song of hope and getting life back to where it needs to be. "The Search Is Over" is about looking for something to fulfill us with His grace being that something we are all searching for. "Ending Circle" is another great track which tells the story of a boy letting a girl go although he doesn't understand why she wants to leave.
Overall, Where We Come From It Never Snows does lack a little depth and the tracks seem to be rather short in length, but those factors aren't always necessary for a good listen. At times the music may seem repetitive, but when giving the album a good listen, you can't help but enjoy the energetic sound, and may soon find yourself singing along. Where We Come From It Never Snows won't appeal to an older generation; it's geared more towards younger teens. Olivia's sophomore effort is laced with fun filled tracks that any teenager's mom would love to hear blasting out of their children's bedroom; especially with the main focus being on Christ.
All in all, this is a decent effort from the boys from Hawaii. It's not an album to be in the player for very long, but it's worth checking out if you're into the teenage-pop/rock-meets-summertime sound.- Review date: 12/21/07, written by Kevin Hoskins
Record Label: Up All Nite Records / Syntax
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