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Second Glances
Posted June 03, 2016
By JJFrancesco_NRT, Staff Reviewer


This is a summer of returning veteran rock acts. No fewer than half a dozen veteran rock acts are releasing a new album for the first time in a while. One of the names you probably haven't heard on many lists is Starflyer 59.

As one of the very first pioneering Tooth & Nail bands, Starflyer 59 has been a consistently present force in Christian rock for well over two decades, and their vast discography has been a staple for many. A new album under their name (anchored still by founder Jason Martin) is a big deal.

The first thing to know about Slow is that it's not a standard rock album. "Wrongtime" and "Runaround" come the closest to a "radio" sound, but even they stay well within something a little more ethereal. This is an atmospheric album, chock full of songs that would be fitting for a haunting and understated closing to a television drama. 

The songs probe deep themes of love and nostalgia, of regret and the past. The vocals are subdued and relaxed, and the music is a laid-back rock that has just enough energy to propel things along. The two make for a haunting mix that is definitely something I am curious to explore more on repeat listens, and also to take a second look at the band's past albums.

The Bottom Line: This probably isn't at the top of many summer wish lists, but it's worth taking a closer look at. You just might find yourself surprised.

Song to Download Now: 
"Wrongtime" (Get it on iTunes here.)

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