Friday, October 1, 2010

Review: Haydon Spenceley's Heart Strings

Two years after the release of his debut album, U.K. artist Haydon Spenceley is readying for the release of his second solo album, Heart Strings. A glorious fusion of synthpop and rock, Heart Strings weaves through a myriad of spiritual themes including, love, surrender, and hope.

Heart Strings opens with the bright, poppy title-track, similar in vein to Owl City (minus the vocals), but with more straightforward lyrics. "Hiding Place" is just as upbeat, with fast-paced percussion. One of the highlights of the album, "Lost My Heart," is an atmospheric, melancholy tune. The message can be summed up by verse 6:20 in the book of Matthew, "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal (NIV)."

Songs like "Lay It Down" and "Save My Day" are synth-based but have more of rock edge than others. The acoustic-driven "King of Glory" has a slight folk-flare to it, reminiscent of John Mark McMillan. "Masterplan" is the epic closer- somber and slow-building, carried by strings and haunting vocals.

Heart Strings is the perfect album for synthpop and 80's electronica fans. My only complaint is that the production is a bit lacking. Some spots sound a little empty. That aside, Heart Strings is a solid album, oozing with originality and the love of Jesus.

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