Imago Amor Review Posted February 05, 2021 By RyanAdams_NRT, Staff Reviewer
What You Need To Know Rock band Remedy Drive's newest record Imago Amor is the third in a thematic trilogy of albums, primarily centered around fighting human trafficking. The other albums in the trilogy, include 2018's North Star and 2014's Commodity. The album's name is Latin for "Image of Love." And, the new music reflects that name well.
What It Sounds Like Remedy Drive is an expert at weaving cool rock songs with melodic, emotive music into a cohesive package. Imago Amor opens with the blazing rock song, "Dragons." This tune reminds me of heavier rock songs from Switchfoot and U2. Throughout the record, you hear incredible musicianship paired with heartfelt lyrics.
Spiritual Highlights The idea of standing up for the vulnerable and abused--in this case, human traffic victims--is godly at its core. Using music only strengthens the idea. James 1:27, Exodus 22:22, and Genesis 1:27 come to mind throughout the album. There are several other subjects sung about as well, not just the aforementioned. Imago Amor is unquestionably driven by the band's heart for the gospel.
Best Song I cannot imagine a stronger and more fitting opening song to this record than "Dragons." I love the captivating statement found in the chorus "This is a storm/That we can weather/We're turning numbers/Into names in these days." The song captures Imago Amor so clearly that it resounds throughout every song, both musically and lyrically.
Bottom Line Imago Amor excellently combines rock music with compassionate lyrics that compels action. This record showcases love for the outcasts, calls for unity to the hurt, and condemns injustice to all--in the name of music and Jesus. The lyrics are, at times, poignant and somewhat uncomfortably raw, though it is handled well. If you want to know where Remedy Drive's heart is as a band, (which is extended into The Exodus Road, a non-profit anti-human trafficking organization) listen to Imago Amor.