Good as Gold
Posted January 23, 2010
The latest release by Portland, OR based rockers Above the Golden State is both satisfying and disappointing at the same time. Satisfying, in that it is in fact a Christian Album, and if it were not for the rock music, one might think it's a modern worship release. That is refreshing to me, in that most Christian music these days seem to have been purged of Christianity. It's good to hear a group unashamed of the gospel "love your savior and your neighbor as yourself" just one line as an example.
Now to the disappointment. IT'S ONLY SIX SONGS. I may be the only one, but I am only lukewarm toward the recent trend to the EP. I really like the full 10 to 14 song CD. Maybe it's because I grew up with the Vinyl Album (kids, ask your parents), but even though bands tend to release more EPs a year, as opposed to 1 full album, I prefer a CD to an EP.
It is for that reason alone, (and the fact that it's only January), that I am holding back a half star and not putting this as one of the Best Releases of 2010. There is hope, as I consider Breaking the Silence by The Letter Black, also an EP, as one of my Top 10 of 2009. Only time will tell if it was a wise decision to "always leave them wanting more."
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