Solid, but not A Standout
Posted August 20, 2009
I discovered Leeland when they were announced as guests for YC Newfoundland 2008. They were announced at the previous year's event, so as soon as I got home, I purchased 'Sound of Melodies'. I was blown away!! The songs, the lyrics, the music, and the incredible vocal abilities of Leeland Mooring surprised me.. but I was so pleased. So, needless to say, when Opposite Way was released, I rushed to buy the album, and received it for my birthday.
When I first started playing Opposite Way - I'll be honest, I was slightly disappointed. It was SO different from 'Sound of Melodies' - much rockier, and a lot less worship. There were no songs that compared to the amazing lyrics, music, and worship that were found in 'Beautiful Lord' and 'Carried to the Table' on the debut album. However, as I listened to the CD over and over, some of the newer songs grew on me, and I appreciated the album for what it was - a new, diverse, but still amazing, Leeland sound, that was completely different than the debut - not a continuation.
Songs like 'Count Me In' are a new venture for Leeland - but the electric guitars pumping & the high energy sound, along with the spiritually sound lyrics, are very catchy & attractive - and sound absolutely incredible live!
Another stand out track on the CD for me is 'May Our Praise.' Although I hadn't really listened to the song much, after hearing Leeland play this song live, I was astonished by how incredible this song was, how worshipful, and how amazing the lyrics were. The piano riffs & the words are so powerful combined.
These two tracks were the only real 'stand outs' for me - and this album lacked the number of stand out songs that stick in your head like the debut had. However, all the songs were solid & catchy - and for that reason, I give this CD three stars.
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