No Loser's Here
Posted September 04, 2008
The Turning’s national debut Learning to Lose is the second release from RKT Music- Rocketown Records’ modern rock imprint. But don’t confuse them with labelmates Hyper Static Union. Whereas the guys from HSU are funk-fortified, the guys from The Turning are firmly grounded in the here and now of the modern rock scene. They are a “modern rock band” with a definite lyrical slant towards modern worship.
If you were to take Chris Tomlin’s talent for producing catchy songs, add a dash of Lincoln Brewster's lyrical creativity, stir in Rock ‘n Roll Worship Circus’ sonic edginess cut with the pop/rock flavoring of earlier David Crowder Band you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from The Turning. That’s pretty impressive company to be compared to when you’re just getting started. But it’s also where I see a quandary this album presents.
With so many great influences and a sound that closely emulates many of them, Learning to Lose is in danger of becoming “just another face in the crowd.” I agree with RKT founder Smitty that this album is full of “infectious songs.” The music is terrific. The lyrics are great. In fact, there are several songs like “Through All the Earth,” “For You” and “Heart Is Free” that have the potential to find their way into praise bands’ repertoires. Hopefully, given time and the freedom to experiment, The Turning will gain that “something” that will set them apart from their (numerous) peers.
The Turning possesses authentic zeal, undeniable talent and a high level of professionalism. They are sonically similar to Tree63, By The Tree, and all of the aforementioned bands. their debut is a solid and enjoyable listen. Give it a try- you’ve got nothing to lose… and you never know what you might gain.
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