Album Review :
Abel - Lesser Men

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Band: Abel
Title: Lesser Men
Label: Come & Live
Release Date: October 19th, 2010
Reviewer: Shawn H.

Tracklisting

  1. Silver
  2. Saints
  3. The Martyr
  4. Lesser Men
  5. Titanic
  6. Take Me Home
  7. Standing Still
  8. Come Ye Weary
  9. Atlantic: The Broken Hearted King
  10. Atlantic: The Voice In The Tides

Review:

It has been an amazing year for this young, talented band. Releasing an EP in 2009 on Facedown Records’ sub-label (Dreamt Music), they’ve come along way with their upcoming release, Lesser Men, on Come & Live.

This Poughkeepsie, NY-based artist brings to us a bright new release in late 2010, entitled Lesser Men. We are brought to the debut of this wonderful album with “Silver”, a melodic worship intro track. It is followed by “Saints”, which many will agree is surely to be one of the standout tracks of this album, with it’s contemporary, yet worshipful sound. It is obvious that there is a Copeland-influence on this album, with such a song as “Martyr”. The title track of any album bears a strong overall influence on how listeners & critics will feel about the album, but with “Lesser Men”, this track is emotionally filled & a great centerpiece to the tracklisting. One of the most surprising tracks, “Titanic”, brings a metaphorical story of faith based on the vessel of the same name. I’m sure I don’t speak for myself when I tell you that lyrics such as ‘I put the air inside your lungs; I keep your cold heart beating’ really hit home when heard. “Take Me Home” adds a slow, soft acoustic ballad to the album. The other standout track of the album, “Standing Still”, is a vibrantly powerful soft rock anthem.

Overall:

It’s safe to say that Abel is one underestimated artist that deserves more attention in our current music scene. They bring vibrantly powerful & strong lyrical presence. This album reassures my opinion that Come & Live is a label that isn’t out to promote popular acts, but rather they bring forth artist who are real, who have a passionate heart for this generation.

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