Saturday, January 15, 2011

Children 18:3 Rain's 'A Comin' Review


Children 18:3 is back with their second Tooth and Nail Records album Rain's 'A Comin'. And although there may be many Christian punk rock artists, Children 18:3 delivers a unique sound of their own through highly catchy melodies and easy-to-remember lyrics. Rain's 'A Comin' is likely to be an album you will find yourself addicted to after the first listen.

Rain's 'A Comin' begins with the rocker, and slighly haunting title track intro. David's echoing voice set the album off in a catchy mood, as Lee Marie's high voice adds the finishing touches. "Cover Your Eyes," the first single from the album follows, being a bit chaotic, with booming drums. I very much enjoyed the mix of high and low vocals that appeared throughout the track, and the catchy lyrics,  similar to what you might expect from Relient K ("She said run, but I'm not running, no not running/ let 'em come let 'em come, but I'm not running, no I ain't running no more...").

"The Cruel One" doesn't slow things down, but kicks in a bit of humor, speaking of Cruela Deville and that "she's all evil." In addition to the humor, the punk rock made this track absolutely perfect. "Whispering" is a nice instrumental paving way for what seemed to be part two of the Rain's 'A Comin' album, beginning with "Hey Driftwood (Tides)." This second set of tracks proved to be quite enjoyable, provoking head-bopping and singing along. "Hey Driftwood" speaks about "having each other," as the catchy bridge with little lyrical depth provoked to be the highlight: "Listen to summer nights that we vowed to remember turn to nightmare/ Father Time has not appointed us forever..." "Oh Bravo" tells a sweet narrative of a little girl who has a song planned for a talent show, but doesn't feel that what she has to offer surpasses that of the clown and ballerina acts, but finishes to hear her dad say to her: "Oh bravo, you're the best, you're my only one/ Oh bravo, that will always be enough/ look at me, you're song was beautiful, beautiful/ even if nobody ever knows/ bravo."

Chock full of good lyrics, "Oh Honestly" was probably my favorite from Children 18:3's Rain's 'A Comin' album. This track shares that "you'll never move ahead if you don't take chances/ and it's ok to be unsure." "Wonder I" picks up the pace again, with a steady track full of fill-ins and enjoyable melodies, as it asks questions about life in this highly catchy track. "Stronger" is an excellent rocker, speaking of how struggles in life only make us "stronger and stronger."

"Jack O Lantern Dreams" seems to be a bit short, and didn't really seem to have too much of a point. Nevertheless, I found this track to be very catchy, and definitely stood out to me as one of my favorites. "Lost So Long," another radio single from this album is definitely a fan-favorite, featuring all the highlights of Children 18:3's music: deep lyrics, vocals from both Lee Maria and David, and even summarizes the album well with the closing rhetoric: "Every cloud turning grey holds the promises of rain coming/ rain's coming!" In addition, "The Last Laugh" appeared as an unneeded bonus, as nice, upbeat piano music, but didn't seem to carry anything special.

Children 18:3's latest project Rain's 'A Comin' was extraordinarily good. I'm not usually a lover of punk, but this album definitely stood out to me for it's highly addictive melodies and contageous lyrics that you'll be singing along to after the first time through! I highly recommend this album to fans of Hawk Nelson, Stellar Kart, or other Christian punk, but also to those looking for something new and upbeat. This album won't disappoint you!

Rating: 4.5/5
Release date: June 29, 2010

Track listing:
1. Rain's 'A Comin'
2. Cover Your Eyes
3. The Cruel One
4. Whispering
5. Hey Driftwood (Tides)
6. Oh Bravo
7. Oh Honestly!
8. WOnder I
9. Stronger
10. Jack 'O' Lantern Dreams
11. Lost So Long
12. The Last Laugh

5 comments:

  1. I'll have to check it out. I never was a fan of their seemingly chaotic sound, though.
    Mike

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  2. I remember listening to this album for free from JFH. This review reminded me of how good it was, and I might have to buy a few songs. Thanks for posting!

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  3. Hi, nice review! I just discovered this band last week and love it. I'm trying to find similar bands, but I'm having trouble. I checked out the albums you have under "You might also like", but they're very different from Children. I was wondering if you've come across anything like them in the months since you posted this. Thanks very much!

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  4. Hey Scott,
    Glad you're enjoying Children 18:3! I would suggest you check out Hawk Nelson and Stellar Kart, both of which are the same genre and remind me quite a bit of C18:3. Let me know if that helps! :)

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  5. Thanks, Jay! I checked out Hawk Nelson yesterday and Stellar Kart just now, but neither come close to the artistry that Children displays. I may just have to wait until some new band comes along with more innovation and artistic vision. At least there are plenty of songs by Children to enjoy! I do appreciate your recommendations. Take care.

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