Luke Dowler - Polarized

Published Wednesday 14th November 2012
Luke Dowler - Polarized
Luke Dowler - Polarized

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 128972-19517
LABEL: Dream 616983798058
RELEASE DATE: 2012-10-22
RRP: £12.98

Reviewed by Paul Keeble

If you like well put together, played and produced guitar-led rock, you should check out this album. However, I must admit on first listen, as track followed track, with a couple of exceptions (such as the title track - great hook), it felt a bit samey. On further plays, more of the strength of the Montana-based singer/songwriter emerges, and this could be one of those albums that grows on you some more with each listen (come and ask me in a year). Having said that, we are still kept waiting to track six, "Collider", before a significant change down from an up-tempo big sound. This song, followed by "Gun" and "Umbrella" give a nice change of pace and show some variety, before "Something Good" picks up the pace again. Lyrically these are songs about life, people and issues written from a Christian perspective rather than overt evangelism or worship. "Polarized" is an excellent reflection on dysfunctional relationships: "We're not even listening/We're waiting for our chance to speak/These are some of the reasons we are at war." In "Gun" Luke acknowledges his own complicity along with everyone else (rather than just blame bankers, etc) - "There are darker things than war machines/Hidden deep inside of me/And everyone I know/Wants to rule the world/But you can't change the world with a gun/You can't change the world without love." "Big Sky" looks at tragedy and the death of loved ones - we've all been there, or will be - with lyrics have the potential to be a parable, as in provoking thought and reaction and pointing to deeper truth.

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Product Description
Following in the footsteps of artists like Springsteen and U2, Luke Dowler manages to take the singer-songwriter's plight for honesty and social change and combine it with wide-open guitar textures and pop sensibilities that can fill an arena or break down perfectly to a small coffeehouse.

On his upcoming rock release Polarized, Dowler tackles such subjects as The War on Terror, The Occupy Movement, church and politics, divorce, suicide and his own faith all while maintaining a sense of personal relationship with the listener. The title track explores the similarities between relational conflict and global war. Dowler adds, "When we value independence over relationship we become dangerous to each other, especially those that we love."

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