From the driving, "Glorious," reminding us that God's glory is all around, to the atmospheric, emotional, "You Belong To Me," The Glorious Revolution is a fresh, unique and heartfelt collection of songs dealing with the common struggle we all deal with: holding ever-tight to our selfish desires and worldly possessions, to the point that we miss what God has to offer - a life of freedom.
After grinding it out on the coffeehouse and college scene covering Jars of Clay tunes, Grey Holiday eventually earned the attention of its heroes original record company. And while the lush acoustics and artful nuances of those Flood founders permeate this freshman disc, British influences also abound a la Muse, Bloc Party and Oasis. Yet the band doesnt directly copy any of the above. Instead it wraps You Belong to Me over charming pianos and a prayerful glow with just the right amount of orchestration to supplement the worshipful intentions without turning melodramatic. The tension-shifting Glorious expands with even more epic tendencies, switching between electric guitars and electronic supplementation.
The group also connects from lyrical planes, particularly on Where You Want Me, written from the perspective of a 20- something stepping out of college and into lifes next uncertain chapter. Low switches gears altogether as a calming piano ballad to trace themes of unselfishness and unbreakable friendship bonds. But no matter the listeners age or tempo preference, the reassuring message of Gods continuous control is instantly relatable. This album is also unique in that it contains hours upon hours of bonus materials exclusively created by the band members themselves. Given the attentioncommanding atmospherics, apparent chemistry and creative ingenuity on this first go-around, Grey Holiday could literally follow in the footsteps of labelmate Leeland as one of the most worthwhile buzz bands in current contexts.
Andy Argyrakis- CCMMagazine.com
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