I thought that "Intoducing..." (their debut EP) was fantastic and couldn't wait to see what this follow-up was like, so downloaded it as soon as I could on Amazon.
After a couple of early listenings I have to say it is a great full, album. It contains complex, layered drums, deft piano work, soaring vocals, choral anthems/chants and stirring lyrics woven together into fresh songs that really speak of faith and who God is.
The City Harmonic have an ability to phrase/present things I've heard many times before in a new, fresh way that makes me see them in a different light/gives them a new light. I put this down to their unique delivery.
I jotted down a few thoughts on some tracks, just to give a feel for the album. For me, I enjoyed all of the tracks.
The opening track, "Yours" sets the tone of the album with complex drum beats, deep piano, strong rhythmic guitars and soaring vocals.
"Spark" features a famous voice over from MLK at the end and leads into the uplifting track "Mountaintop".
"Be Still, O My Soul" contrasts with the other tracks, with a simple honky-tonk piano feel about it and toned down vocals leading up to a rousing ending
"I have a dream (It feels like home)" Is the title track and continues the MLK inspired themes. It is an uplifting anthem affording a glimpse of an after-life, united with God - "It feels like home" is a great way of putting it.
So few Christian artists offer thoughts about an important part of faith, focusing just on the here and now and this track really pulls it off.
It makes me think a little of Coldplay and "Lights will guide you home" (except that is slower), but these guys are different, they have their own style and this track really shines.
There is plenty here to challenge, excite and bless. I don't think anything else will get a look in on the MP3 player for a while!