STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 128001- LABEL: Sparrow 5099990928628 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-09-24 RRP: £1.00
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
The band's 'Come Home' debut album really caught the ear of the Cross Rhythms reviewer. He called it "superb" as he allocated it 10 squares. Now the band face up to the "difficult" second album. 'Come Home' worked through its ability to deliver radio-friendly pop rock/highly singable worship anthems with an amiable charm. This time around they've developed their musical armoury with deep electronic pop rock sounds. In truth, not everything works. Tracks like "This Ends Tonight" and "Never Give Up" are rather overwhelming while the uninspired chorus of "The Only Thing That Matters" fails to register. Also the lyric for "This Ends Tonight" on which singer Samuel Hancock directly addresses the Devil comes perilously close to cheesiness. Not every reviewer will agree with my perspective. At least one has suggested that Luminate have surpassed their last album and that the influences of The Killers and Maroon 5 make songs like "Wake Up" must-play items.
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Luminate returns with their highly anticipated new studio album Welcome to Daylight, featuring their hit single, Banner of Love.
On their sophomore album, the band takes the opportunity to stretch themselves and push the songs to have an even grander, epic sound than before. This time around Luminate teamed up with producers Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Britt Nicole) and Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Phil Wickham) who bring plenty of synth and sonic layers to the songs and wrap them around frontman Sam Hancock's strong vocals. This fall, the band heads out on the road with Newsboys poised to make a breakthrough on the follow up to last year's Come Home.
With Banner of Love being the perfect example, Luminate continues to write songs infused with a message of hope and love, encouraging their fans to live life with a purpose and share the love of Christ in practical ways everyday.