Abel are the latest band to hit the Come&Live! roster and with “Lesser Men” they are about to make their presence known. The release fits sonically somewhere between Thrice and New York state neighbors Brand New. It’s a cohesive experience to listen through the album, and one that features a lot of water. There are boats out on the waves, oceans on feet, and the watery peril of ‘Titanic’ (which might be one of the best songs I’ve heard this year). But aquatic metaphors aside, the album’s heart is forgiveness and our need to understand the vastness of God’s forgiveness and love.
Sinking into the ebb and flow of “Lesser Men”, the opening track gently draws you forward with it’s instrumental beauty and emotive/intimate vocals, only to snap you out of your reverie with the spasmodic ‘Saints’. It’s an album of contrasts, but apart from this initial punch the rest flows with an organic nature that keeps you on the journey for the full 35 minutes.
The band is able to write memorable hooks and melodies that will haunt your waking hours, and sing you to sleep at night.
I’ve struggled to find words for this review so I’m just going to tell you to download this now from www.ComeAndLive.com and experience it for yourself. Drop back in with your own thoughts and experiences, and be praying for Abel as they step into the live arena!
Musical parallels: Thrice, Brand New, Biffy Clyro