Abel – Make It Right

By sara.walz on October-9-2012 | Filed under News, Reviews | Tags : , , | Share

Abel – Make It Right
Score: 3/5Score: 3/5Score: 3/5Score: 3/5Score: 3/53
4.4 (15 votes)

Artist: Abel
Title: Make It Right
Release Date: 09/18/2012
Reviewer: Sara Walz

Tracklisting:

  1. I’ll Be Waiting
  2. Fire Walk With Me
  3. An Ultimatum
  4. Come Home
  5. Fine Lines
  6. Daughter
  7. A Grief Observed
  8. Fifteen Years
  9. Your Heart, Your Soul
  10. Comfort and Truth

Looking for something you can’t exactly describe? Something you can’t quite put your finger on genre-wise? Something that incorporates a lot of different sounds? Something that seems a little disjointed but somehow perfectly connected? Look no further than the newest release from Abel, Make It Right. The band’s biography on Facebook simply states, “Abel is four close friends from Poughkeepsie, New York, who have a passion for creating honest and engaging music.” I would say that it’s not only honest and engaging but it’s also captivating. There is an ambient undercurrent that sucks you in while the overt rock (or is it pop rock? Wait, sometimes it seems almost hardcore…?) overtones keep you on your toes.

“Fire Walk With Me” starts off like a good old fashioned revival song with stomping, gang chanting/singing and lyrics about the devil wanting to drag our souls down to the lake of fire. Then just two tracks later, “Fine Lines” is as alt-rock as can be, proving these boys are more than just a one-trick pony. “A Grief Observed” has a haunting feel which is appropriate since it’s seems to be the 4-minute version of the book by C.S. Lewis by the same title. Lewis wrote the book about the death of his wife and the song carries that same theme of death and the faithfulness until the end.

The Abel guys not only prove that they are able to create incredibly interesting music but the word pictures they create with their lyrics are equally as mesmerizing. Each song is a story that cuts to the heart the matter, whether it’s about pride (Fine Lines) “This is a part of me that I cannot deny/It could take everything before it satisfies,” or loneliness and falling short (Come Home) “I just wanna know that you love me when I’m lonely/and I just wanna hear you miss me when you’re heading towards the coast/and I am just a ghost without you here.” There are some deep themes on Make It Right that are sure to connect with soul of whoever is willing to give it a listen.

Overall: I had never heard of Abel before but I can honestly say that I am a new fan. They beginning of the review said it all, I can’t put my finger on how to label them and that is the best part. They don’t fit neatly into one specific genre and they are owning it. Make It Right is ambient, rock ‘n roll, and a little southern. It is lofty vocals one minute and scratchy, rough shouts the next. It is heavy themes with a thread of hope. It is, as the Abel guys say, “honest and engaging.”

Recommended if you like: Brand New, As Cities Burn, Thrice, Sons

Abel - Make It Right, 4.4 out of 5 based on 15 ratings

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22 Responses to 'Abel – Make It Right'

  1. fusse says:

    really a 3? this is close to 5 for me…

  2. Ryan G says:

    The review reads like it should be higher than 3, but that’s just me. To each his own.

  3. Lucas says:

    Give it a 4 on the IVM scale, but it’d be a 4.5 if I could make it. Love this record.

    Also I’m all for critical reviews, but I too am curious as to why this gets a 3 when the review is so positive?

  4. Tom says:

    Considering how great this album is (as fusse pointed out), considering the absence of negative points mentioned in the review (as Ryan G pointed out) and considering all the 4’s and 5’s awarded lately for other albums (that in my opinion are nowhere near as good as this one), I am surprised to see a 3 here.
    Good review nonetheless, thank you.

    • Brandon J. says:

      You have to understand that one staff member’s review is not the definitive opinion of Indie Vision Music as a whole. Each person is an individual and has an individual taste when it comes to reviewing music. Some are into indie rock, some into punk, some into hardcore/metal, some into CCM, some into ska, etc. We each desire different things in the music we appreciate and judge accordingly. A “3” by Sara might be a “4” from me but then a “5” from other staff members. You can’t always rely on “Scores”, just read what you want and take from it whatever you desire. Ultimately it’s up to you, the music buyer, what you want to partake in and purchase.

    • JoshIVM says:

      Once again debating a number…. And to clarify an album can get a positive review and still get a 3. Three means average not bad.

    • Taylor C. says:

      I don’t get why people think that 3’s are bad; on a 5 point scale, 3 means above average. Plus, it’s just the reviewer’s opinion.

      Sometimes you don’t love a release enough to puke up a 4 or 5. Especially if you have to listen to it over and over and over again prior to writing the review.

    • Tom says:

      aha guys, guys!!!! I’m not debating OR saying 3’s are bad! I love this album and I personally would have given it a higher score is all. I listen to it on repeat and I can’t get sick of it, the production is great!

  5. Tom says:

    Yup I know. I totally understand, and I’m not saying Sara is wrong. I just hope no one will see a 3 and not check it out thinking it’s just average, cause it’s awesome!

  6. Brandon J. says:

    *Added Bandcamp Player to this review*

  7. sam30 says:

    I love this album, definitely their best work to date.
    Fire Walk With Me and Fifteen Years are the standouts, but all the songs have something really captivating about them.

  8. Kurtis says:

    Glad to see this reviewed!!! Good review too! IMO this is a contender for album of the year! I love this one!!!

  9. joshtara says:

    I got the Fire Walk With Me single off of Noisetrade a while ago. Love it, my three year old daughter singing the chorus is the cutest thing.

  10. jthejust says:

    This is a 4 for me. Huge improvement over their last album.

  11. Yorik Bruhl says:

    I will get this

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