Monday, June 28, 2010

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

Tooth & Nail act Children 18:3 may only be on their second album, but after releasing arguably one of the best debuts in T&N history, this punk band’s impending sophomore release Rain’s ‘A Comin’ is one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Children 18:3 continues with the dark punk, while also expanding its musical palette by incorporating more pop.

The ominous, driving rock title-track leads into “Cover Your Eyes,” an in-your-face punk/rock tune that is reminiscent in style as songs on the first record and is likely to become a fan favorite. Another high-octane track, “The Cruel One,” follows. The lyrics are interesting to listen to, as David sings of an infamous Disney movie villain, Cruella Deville. Lee Marie takes hold of lead vocal duties on “Oh Bravo,” an anthem that will have listeners chanting along. Even though the message on “Oh Bravo” is metaphorical, it’s actually one of the more obvious spiritual songs on the album.

Pleasant harmonies, handclaps, and a syncopated acoustic guitar give “Oh Honestly!” a summery pop feel. “Wonder I” has more of a rock edge, but Lee Marie’s ethereal falsetto on the chorus lightens up the song. Moody rocker, “Lost So Long” is one of the album’s highlights and also resurfaces the theme of “coming rain.”

Rain’s ‘A Comin’ solidifies Children 18:3’s reputation as the finest punk/rock band Christian music has to offer. The harmonies, hooks, lyrics, guitar riffs, drumming- everything Children 18:3 serves up is top notch. This is a five-star album that is not to be missed.

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