STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 134399-20137 LABEL: BEC Recordings 5099997848523 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2013-03-26 RRP: £9.98
Reviewed by Josh Dipple
From the famous Mars Hill church in Seattle, Washington comes this debut LP from Citizens, led by Zach Bolen. This is an album that can't be faulted for its energy, with songs that long to be played to big crowds at summer festivals, played expertly by a band who have obviously been studiously taking notes, watching the likes of Kings Of Leon and The Strokes. Songs like opener "Sweetness Of Freedom" through to track four "Made Alive" are relentless in their potent vigour with hooks that grab you like a caught fish, only to throw you back in with the album's six-minute centerpiece, "I Am Living In A Land Of Death". This is the disc's first flirtation with a slower tempo, power ballad style which builds to a guitar/synth climax reminiscent of Muse's "Knights Of Cydonia". Among the standouts on the second half of the album are a couple of hymn adaptations, including an explosive version of "I Surrender All". With the exposure that Tooth & Nail distribution will give them, Citizens could well become a major Christian music act Stateside.
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Citizens is a high-energy indie rock worship band from Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA. Born in the heart of Seattle's University District, Citizens has quickly built a reputation for their dynamic hymn arrangements and high-intensity anthems. Deacon Zach Bolen leads the band with a visible emotion and passion that stems from a desire to see everyone worship Jesus as Lord.
Citizens released their first EP Already / Not Yet, which reached a top position on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart. On March 26 Citizens will be releasing their début full-length self-titled album on BEC Recordings. Fans can expect more high-energy worship songs, including a fresh take on hymns, as well as original songs.