This Beautiful Republic - Perceptions

Published Monday 8th September 2008
This Beautiful Republic - Perceptions
This Beautiful Republic - Perceptions

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 48801-14513
LABEL: Forefront 5099952221927
RELEASE DATE: 2008-10-01
RRP: £12.98

Reviewed by Anthony Longville

This is the follow up to the acclaimed debut release 'Even Heroes Need A Parachute' from this Ohio-based rock band. Frontman Ben Olin describes the collection as a combination of "harder, more in-your-face rock songs as well as softer, vertically orientated songs." Of the former, an early highlight is "Surrender Saved My Life" although I have to say I am not entirely convinced by the huge string arrangement which concludes the song, somewhat at odds with what has come before. The band have previously been compared to the Foo Fighters, although there is something of Coldplay on the quieter "Learning To Fall". "No Turning Back" is certainly the most "in your face" number on offer here. The band can certainly play impressively. "For The Life Of Me" is a slower highlight, which wonders at God's undeserved love for us. A varied and accomplished set which builds on the potential shown on last year's debut.

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