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Welcome to Daylight [edit]
by Luminate | Genre: Pop/Rock | Release Date: August 28, 2012

Luminate returned in 2012 with their second full-length studio album, Welcome To Daylight, featuring their hit single, “Banner of Love." On their sophomore album, the band takes the opportunity to stretch themselves and push the songs to have an even grander, epic sound than before. This time around Luminate teamed up with producers Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Britt Nicole) and Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Phil Wickham), who bring plenty of synth and sonic layers to the songs and wrap them around frontman Sam Hancock’s strong vocals. This fall, the band heads out on the road with Newsboys poised to make a breakthrough on the follow up to last year’s Come Home. With “Banner Of Love” being the perfect example, Luminate continues to write songs infused with a message of hope and love, encouraging their fans to live life with a purpose and share the love of Christ in practical ways everyday.

Track Listing
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01. Welcome To Daylight
02. Wake Up
03. Banner Of Love
04. Heal This Home
05. The Only Thing That Matters
06. Never Give Up
07. Battle For Peace
08. This Ends Tonight
09. Love Is Loud
10. Living In A Memory
11. Holds Us All Together

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A Solid Release Full of Life and Energy | Posted September 10, 2012
Luminate present a passionate musical experience in their latest album, Welcome to Daylight, that helps to elevate what could've been simply listenable pop/rock tunes to very enjoyable and memorable anthems. I went into this expecting some average pop/rock and was presently surprised at the earnestness in the lyrics and melody and the catchiness of the music.
The industrial sounds blend well with the light rock sound, helping to really make the listener take notice. The urgent opener (and title track, "Welcome to Daylight") is packed with a singable chorus and an infectious hook and this formula seems to play well throughout the album. "Banner of Love" is a passionate cry to action for Christians. Whether it's some of the more upbeat rock-driven songs like "Never Give Up" and "This Ends Tonight" (which sounds like the soundtrack to a western showdown), or softer and more uplifting ballads like "Heal This Home" and "Love is Loud," the music is forever soaring and really makes the music insanely likable.
The album touches on many themes relevant to Christians. For example, "Banner of Love" opens with: "There's a fight between my heart and soul / When my pride tries to take control / It's hard to see what I was meant to be." "This Ends Tonight" militantly stands up to the devil as it claims, "You're never going to take me out."

"Heal This Home" offers hope to those living in broken families: "When it feels like there's no way to fix what's wrong/love is strong/and God can heal this home." Each track title actually gives a good idea as to what the song will be about, and none of the topics are alien to most Christian rock, but that predictability doesn't detract from the overall enjoyability of the music or the relevancy of the lyrics. 
There's not really a bad track in the album. It flows well and never gets boring. The music is just plain good, and I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this release.
Closing Thoughts:
There really is a lot to like here: strong lyrics, catchy hooks, soaring choruses, memorable melodies, and spine-tingling music. There's really not much I found to dislike at all. It may not be the best release of the year, but it's really, really good. Hopefully it'll give Luminate a platform to make a name for themselves and they can do even better on their next album. I'll definitely be paying attention to them more after this; that's for sure.

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Luminate Again | Posted July 31, 2012
The Texas rock quartet known as Luminate made a splash in Christian music back in early 2011 with the release of their debut album on Sparrow Records, Come Home. While most debut projects are less than memorable, the group garnered a large amount of attention for their familiar yet original style, consisting of moody electronic melodies while still maintaining a lyrically kingdom-minded and worshipful focus.
The band's first single, "Come Home,” made waves on radio, and quickly earned the band—comprised of members Aaron Mathew (drums), Dusty Jakubik (bass), Cody Clark (guitar/keys), and Sam Hancock (lead vocals/guitar/piano)—not only a fast fan base, but also coveted opening spots on tours alongside Sanctus Real and Big Daddy Weave.
Already being compared to the likes of high profile acts such as Tenth Avenue North and Leeland, to say there was pressure to make a follow-up album just as stellar as their debut, if not more, would be an understatement. Not shy to the challenge, the group teamed up with producers Chris Stevens and Pete Kipley to hit the studio and create an ambient rock lovers dream album with the result being their 2012 sophomore release, Welcome To Daylight.
When asked about a recurring theme on the album, lead vocalist Sam Hancock describes it as "Singing and expressing joy in the midst of the trouble", saying it is "gonna be an upbeat and encouraging record.” And an ‘upbeat encouraging record' it certainly is.
The project kicks off with the deeply sonic namesake, "Welcome To Daylight,” serving as an impressive intro to an album filled with it's fair share of melodic ear candy. "Wake Up" is up next and follows along the same sunny lines lyrically, encouraging the listener to awake from the darkness and start to live in the light. I'm especially fond of the unpredictably anathematic bridge, which takes the song to a whole new level. 
The album's first single, "Banner Of Love" rises as a reverential battle cry and is sure to be yet another hit for the band. "Heal This Home" takes an honest look into a broken and loveless marriage, and bids the truth that no matter how hopeless the bond looks, God is able to heal even the most damaged relationship and make it new again. "They were living in a world of make believe / And they couldn't see the cracks growing underneath / But God restores and opens doors to the love, to the life, they're looking for."
"The Only Thing That Matters" comes as an unshaken proclamation that God's love is the only thing that matters in a world full of darkness and cynicism, and makes a nice transition into the gritty pop tune "Never Give Up,” offering a message of hope in the midst of heartache.
"Battle For Peace" switches things up a bit, taking more of a stringed-laced folk approach. The song becomes an unconventional moment of worship, surrendering our self-destructive search for peace at the feet of the only One who can truly give it to us. 
"This Ends Tonight" opens with a mock 80's ballad guitar riff and quickly delves back into electronic pop. The song is an in-your-face callout to the enemy, and makes the bold declaration that we're done believing all the lies he's tried to feed us. It‘s one of the best songs on the record.
Breathy and full of quirks, "Love Is Loud" paints a beautiful picture of how the manifest love of God can be found in almost every aspect of life's journey. Similar to classic Owl City on the musical front, "Living In A Memory" talks about letting go of hurtful memories and forgiving ourselves for mistakes we've made, just as Christ has forgiven us.
"Holds Us All Together" brings this album to a close on a worshipful note, sharing that nothing is bigger or stronger than the love of God, and it's His love that holds us together, in the good times and the bad. “If love is a fire, then God, let it fall right now / Take our walls and burn them down / Set us free from fear that we're hiding / Come take all we have."
Closing Thoughts:
I was absolutely captivated by this album from the first note of the opening song. From the bright synthetic elements to the heart-on-your-sleeve songwriting, it's nearly impossible to a fault with this project, and I can listen to the whole thing without skipping a single song. It's easy to see Luminate is a band that is still trying to master their style and distinguish it as their own, but I think they've definitely struck something big with Welcome To Daylight
Distinct, delightful, and rather unexpected, this is one of my favorite albums of the year, and you'd be doing yourself a great favor by checking it out. Luminate has a "bright" future ahead of them, and I know that many, now including myself, are looking forward to what lies ahead for this talented group of guys.

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luminate to a whole new level | Posted April 10, 2014
Change, it's something that a lot of us have hard time coping with. But with change comes greatness, and For the band luminate, it is a reality. Taking a different approach compared to there last album COME HOME, the guys from Texas takes the sound to a whole new level. From The title track to the finale, the band opens minds to a way of music.

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Up and Coming Band! | Posted August 30, 2012
 This is a great album, and is worth checking out! Currently #12 on ITunes, but I honestly think it would be higher if it weren't for Toby, Tenth Avenue North, and Chris August releasing albums over the last two weeks. They have great lyrics in their music, and there's some variety in the album. You have soft, pretty songs such as Banner of Love, their biggest hit so far, and then you have songs such as Never Give Up that have great beats and feel. Personally the song I listen to the most from this album is "This Ends Tonight". I don't think it'll ever get on radio, but I like it. Very catchy!!! Overall this is a great album, and worth the money as it is only $7.99 on ITunes (make sure to check AmazonMP3 store though; could be cheaper ove there, but not for sure).

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