STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 177602-29226 LABEL: Fair Trade Services 550711 FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Andy Shaw
Formed as a five-piece college band when studying at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, Citizen Way (previously The Least Of These) have evolved over the past 15 years, relocating to The Music City of Nashville, Tennessee and losing two members along the way. Following success in the Christian charts with their previous two albums, 'Love Is A Lion' is their third released through Fair Trade Services. It is an album aiming for the masses, drawing on influences from across the pop, soft rock and worship worlds to produce a set of radio friendly tracks. It kicks off with the catchy opening hook of "The Lord's Prayer" followed by the rousing anthem "Love Has Won", both making good use of layered synths to build a big, powerful sound. "God You Are Good" is a more reflective track opening with the acoustic guitar and again making good use of synths to build atmosphere. The soft verse, big chorus song structure is used to good effect with the big kick in the chorus of "The Hope Song" providing a great dynamic contrast. There is plenty of variety from the dreamy synth pop of "Hallowed Be Thy Name" to the piano lead balladry of "Be Still" and the soulful break-beat of "You Loved Me Anyway". "WaveWalker" closes out the album with a big slice of upbeat dance pop and features Bart Millard from MercyMe. Each song is based on passages from Scripture, and whilst you may well have heard these Scriptures set to music many times before, there's no denying the power of God's Word. There are some blander moments on this record, but overall they have executed the recipe well helped by excellent production giving the icing on the cake of a full and rich sound.
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