Electralyte - Breakout

Published Wednesday 12th July 2006
Electralyte - Breakout
Electralyte - Breakout

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18209-11335
LABEL: Devotion Music ELE0014D
RELEASE DATE: 2006-04-10
RRP: £10.20

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

If you wanted a tip for the next big thing on the UK's CCM scene, Electralyte would be an obvious call. Despite being typically Brit-rock, the boys from Essex have their own distinct sound, one that will put a spring in your step. Unlike their bland counterparts, Blur and Oasis for example, the Electralyte sound is thoughtful and developed, with each instrument in their rich arrangements fully involved rather than just providing a rudimentary accompaniment. It's a breath of fresh air to see a band with accomplished musicians step onto the scene with such confidence. The album, which is the boys' first full length recording, is much more than a collection of songs. Like any truly remarkable recording, the project has been approached as a whole, with preludes and reprises tying songs together and creating a captivating flow throughout the album. That doesn't mean there aren't songs that stand out. There are a number of obvious anthems and intense ballads that would stick out on any album, among the latter being "Take Broken Me". My favourite track has to be the title track. It could have something to do with the bossa-nova section proving their confident originality! Electralyte look set to truly 'Breakout', and I look forward to much more from this exciting new band.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Neil in Coventry @ 20:14 on Jan 18 2011

I love this album,it's one of the best albums i've got. It's also the only Christian album i've ever liked,it's fab to see it's now also gonna be on Itunes with 2 bonus tracks as well :)

Posted by Nathan in Bristol @ 20:56 on Aug 30 2009

This album is BRILLIANT! Tracks like Breakout, White Suit and Book Club really demonstrate the potential this type of Christian music can have. I am more than sure that in time there will be more excellent releases. Good on you Matt, Dave, Paul and Jon - you could go on to be the next Beatles! (Or maybe something more modest!) :-)

Posted by Dave in Dartford @ 20:20 on Aug 9 2006

I saw these guys at Newday last week and they were amazing! The album is just as good - i would recommend it to anyone. It was also great to have the band playing with Paul Oakley in the main mettings. Can't wait for the next one!

Posted by Mike in Wickford @ 21:47 on Jul 31 2006

This album is jusy beautiful.

I love every track but my faves at the moment are You and Simple Song. However my faves are constantyl changing as this talented group of musical and lyrical genius's's have put together an album of incredible standards that I believe are rarely matched in the secular industry let alone the previously mediocre Christian music scene.

Congratulations on a truley astounding album. I look forward to all future recordings

Posted by Ashley London in Romford @ 13:02 on Jul 24 2006

I agree with that boy rowan, whoever he is. It is the only album i have ever had in my life that i can just listen to non stop. You are always noticing new sounds and little fills that shows how much time, thought and effort was put into making this.Amazing. I love and admire Electralyte so much for creating this album, its just indescribable in the greatest way possible. well done boys

Posted by Garry in Mashbury @ 11:35 on Jul 20 2006

This is an absolutely fantastic album - so different from anything else I have and so fresh. As a 38-year old, I'm probably not your stereotypical "yoof-culture" type Electralyte fan, but it speaks volumes for the quality of the album that this is music that is enjoyed equally by me and my 10-year old son. Matt Leeder's voice is incredible - at times almost sounding like Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy. The quality of the writing, playing and production is also superb. All in all a 1st class package - can't wait for the next album

Posted by Shawn in Norwich @ 15:24 on Jul 19 2006

Breakout is an album that is full of ideas and innovation (how many bands would have a brass band on their album?!) Their sound is fresh and great for driving. I love the title track. I have bought this for presents and everyone who have received them love it. This is such a good album - go out and buy it!

Posted by Gillian in Rayleigh @ 17:20 on Jul 18 2006

It is a great privilege to be able to listen to three amazing musicians who obviously have a passion for God. I’ve had this album for ages and still can’t get enough of it. The lyrical genius combined with incredible music make for a great listen and Electralyte are most definitely a breath of fresh air to The Salvation Army. My favourite track is ‘Take Broken Me’ because of it’s wicked brass and honest words.

Posted by Rowan Caffull in Romford @ 22:25 on Jul 17 2006

You know that feeling when you first buy an album, you listen to it non-stop for about a week, and then get bored and move on. Well i have had the electralyte album since the day of release and i still haven't got bored. This is extremely well written music from extremely talented musicians.

Posted by Rowan Caffull in Romford @ 17:53 on Jul 17 2006

You know the feeling when you buy a new album, listen to it non-stop for about a week and then get bored and move on?? Well, i have had the Electralyte album since the day it came out (which is a good few months now) and i'm still not gettin bored of listening to it. Extremely well written music from extremely talented musicians. Congratulations.
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