Reviewed by Steven Bridge
"Who wants a song, like everyone else's, do we lack some creativity?" opens the first song "Monochrome" on this debut album by Montana-based band Tracing Days. The answer from this reviewer is an emphatic "No!" Of course in this ever-growing music world it is difficult to be original. Borne out of leading worship, front man and founder Lonnie Bos found that he had the opportunity to write some songs that have spiritually centred observations on reality, whilst addressing issues like pride, surrender and a mix of life's struggles. With two songs by Logan Schelvan on a very creative contemporary rock record designed to rock believers out of their comfort zones and engage seekers, Tracing Days leave an imprint of their faith in the real world for those who seek and follow to trace over in their own lives. For instance, in an outstanding track "House Of Cards", the mature message of the song affirms that "a broken life can find salvation". Maturity positively bursts out of the speakers in this release. With a sound that would appeal to U2, Switchfoot and Green Day fans, Tracing Days do more than entertain with their music, they seek to edify. Other standouts among the 11 tracks plus a hidden bonus instrumental cut include "Control", "Life Outside" and my favourite "Masquerade" with its haunting piano ripple throughout. All through the album, clever, thought provoking lyrics set out to inspire, empower and educate the listener. Truly inspirational!
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