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Title: Make It Right
Release Date: 09/18/2012
Reviewer: Sara Walz
- I’ll Be Waiting
- Fire Walk With Me
- An Ultimatum
- Come Home
- Fine Lines
- A Grief Observed
- Fifteen Years
- Your Heart, Your Soul
- 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, SonsAbel - Make It Right,