Friday, October 7, 2011

Satellites & Sirens: Frequency Review

Satellites & Sirens burst into the Christian music scene last year with their Word Records self-titled debut featuring the blockbuster radio single “Anchor.” The electronic rock was a huge hit with fans, making tracks such as “Escape,” “Light the Night,” and “Vaudevillian” instant highlights for the listener. But with their sophomore full-length Frequency, the band is independent. And though you might think the quality would be lesser, and there would be fewer tracks, you will be pleasantly surprised by twelve all-new tracks that make Frequency twice as good as their debut!

The electronic rock that makes Satellites & Sirens a unique choice in Christian music is evident immediately through the opening track, “Runaway.” You’ll be singing along before song’s end, as you ponder the question of why we often chose to runaway from God’s love. The title track, also very upbeat and electronic is most definitely a highlight off the new Satellites & Sirens record, as it uses the power of music to speak of making a change in the world. It’s loud, enjoyable, and definitely rocks!

Slightly slower, “Let It Go” speaks of moving on from broken relationships, while the soaring choir backgrounds make this sound very similar to the songs from House of Heroes Suburba album. Following, the first single from Frequency is “Ready to Save.” An absolutely gorgeous track, this worship song has the capacity to do what the similarly titled “Mighty to Save” did! You’ll be encouraged that you can get through the difficult seasons in life through the help of our Savior Jesus Christ: “There is a love you’ve been waiting for/ there is an answer/ there is a cure/ there is a Healer Who’s ready to save You/ He’s ready to save You.” Later, in the bridge, we are encouraged to be honest and let go: “Break down, break down/ let it out/ don’t hold your hand up without a doubt/ you’ve got to know, you’ve got to know/ there’s something more to this life if you let go.” “Ready to Save” is simply a phenomenal song!

“Take My Hand” builds adrenaline with its haunting melody but encouraging message to continue through the hard times, while the treble-beginning “Make a Mess” again speaks of broken relationships. The very catchy pop/worship track “Run to You” takes a message U-turn, speaking of running to God, “when hope begins to fall” because He “hears us when we call to Him.” This track is definitely another one of my top favorites from the new record.

“Feel Alive,” a contemporary rock track, speaking of wanting to live life to the fullest, definitely accentuates lead singer Geoff Hunker’s outstanding vocals, while “let’s go back to the way things were/ love won’t be just an empty word/ we don’t wanna be a black sheep no more” is the message of “Black Sheep,” a very catchy track.

With “Tell It,” you’ll be singing along in no time to the standout line, “It’s so scary when you’re on your own/ tell it to the microphone.” Following, “Make Up” is a challenge to take off the make up and be real, after which comes the closing track “Awkward,” a very serene track with a swing beat, talking to a friend hoping that everything works out in their life.

As stated at the beginning of this review, Satellites & Sirens’ Frequency album is definitely a step up from their debut! You’ll absolutely enjoy the electronic rock, the lyrical topic’s variation, the amazing vocals, the fill-ins, and just about everything else. This is an excellent album for Christian rock fans – kudos to Satellites & Sirens for another fantastic album!

Rating: 4/5
Release date: November 22, 2012

Track listing:
1. Runaway
2. Frequency
3. Let It Go
4. Ready to Save
5. Take My Hand
6. Make a Mess
7. I Run to You
8. Feel Alive
9. Black Sheep
10. Tell It
11. Makeup
12. Awkward

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