STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 83604-16206 LABEL: Revolution Art 850010002101 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2010-01-26 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Carl Grimsditch
Kentucky rockers Hearts Of Saints deliver a tantalising and exciting album with tracks heavy with pop, rock and dance elements. As an opening to the record "The Secret" is perfect, thickly textured with an assortment of well placed effects. Carrying on from strength to strength, the music is relentless leaving you with hardly any time to catch your breath. The rhythm section is a great asset providing a rock steady backbone to each song. Amongst the tracks that particularly stand out are "Breakdown" and "The Secret" the latter featuring a pre-chorus with choppy guitar and fluctuating bass line. "Recapture Me" and "Emmanuel" are much more laid back, providing a pleasant change of pace and a relaxing ending after the highs of the rest of the album. A highly impressive set from a band who nimbly sidestep the clichés of the pop rock template by skilfully interweaving funky dance influences into their sound. Here's hoping the band get the airplay necessary to put them up there with the other big names of CCM.
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While a band’s music may be its most vital lifeline of artistic expression, the world’s first impression of any act is generally its moniker.
The Kentucky-based band Hearts of Saints chose a name with this in mind, seeking to impress upon others its primary mission to share joy and encouragement through music that refreshes the soul (Philemon 1:7).
Comprising singer Craig Felker, drummer Jason Killebrew, guitarist LJ Granstaff and bassist Joel Purdy, the pop/rock foursome, reminiscent of bands like Switchfoot, The Killers and U2, has amassed an extraordinary following, touring nearly 150 dates a year as an independent artist.
In addition to cementing their status on the festival circuit, Hearts of Saints claim significant independent sales success as well as American Family Radio’s southeast region Song of the Year.
The band aims to expand its national audience with its self-titled label debut, guaranteed to please longtime fans while winning new ones.