Friday, June 29, 2012

Citizens: Already/Not Yet Review


Seattle, Washington’s new record label Mars Hill Worship recently released the debut EP from Citizens, titled Already/Not Yet. For their debut project, Citizens has done what they are known for – delivering hymns in an upbeat, indie rock way.

The EP opens up with “Amazing Grace,” done the Chris Tomlin way with the “My Chains Are Gone” chorus. Immediately, I was reminded of Andy Cherry through the lead singer’s laid-back vocals, or maybe even a more worshipful Switchfoot twist in parts. This version of “Amazing Grace” has a country twist to it, which makes it very fun and enjoyable, and the listener won’t be able to help but tap their foot or clap their hands along with this Southern-sounding hymn.

Just when you think it can’t get any more fun sounding, “In Tenderness” does just that! The pop aspect with jolly electric guitars is very fun and freeing. And everybody knows “Nothing But the Blood”! Citizen’s remake is rapid and flows right through all the verses in just over three minutes, besides the guitar spurts in between the verses. Halfway through the track, choirs are incorporated, which I was happy to hear.

The Already/Not Yet EP closes with “Oh God,” which is surprisingly a slow, acoustic-guitar track. Nevertheless, it is amazing, especially considering the fantastic and soulful vocals, and it gives the listeners a taste of the slower side of Citizens that may be more prominent on a full-length October release from this band.

With three extremely upbeat, fun and one touching worship track, Citizens is well on their way to success. They are definitely a band to watch, and I recommend their sound to fans of The City Harmonic, Andy Cherry, and Benjamin Dunn.

Rating: 4/5
Release date: May 8, 2012

Track listing:
1. Amazing Grace
2. In Tenderness
3. Nothing But the Blood
4. Oh God

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