NO SOPH SLUMP HERE
Posted September 29, 2008
Listening to Leelandís Opposite Way, itís hard to choose which stands out most: front man Leeland Mooringís unhampered vocal; the bandís strong collective songwriting; or the blasts of energy from beginning to end. Utilizing the talent ambitiously, producer Matt Bronleewe (Michael W. Smith, Natalie Imbruglia) guides the men of Leeland over the sophomore slump to a stellar second release.
After selling more than 100,000 copies of its 2006 debut, and garnering Grammy and Dove Award nominations, Leeland could have easily cozied up with more accommodating subject matter attempting a Top 40 break-in, a typical route for a band with such mainstream musical sensibility. Instead taking a lead from the albumís title track, the rock quintet solidifies its firm worship element with a call to live out authenticated faith.
A list of obvious influences marks Opposite Way, but none overt enough to warrant a distinguished comparison. In fact, itís rare for something so accessible to be quite so advanced. Specific lyrically and progressive musically, Opposite Way is effective top to bottom. Leeland may be a young band, but they possess the raw talent and energy to create something truly original for this industry. - Andrew Greer
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