I was hoping to have this review done before the release day, sadly I wasn’t able to though. Anyways, today I have the pleasure of sharing my review of The City Harmonic’s debut full-length album, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home). The band, famous for their hit track Manifesto, recently released the album on the 18th of this month.
The album starts off with Yours, a catchy song praising God. From the start it’s easy to see that The City Harmonic are set to stun the crowd once again. Following up is Spark, it starts out a bit on the slower side, and then ignites into a powerful song. The instrumental work on this song is great, and fits the mood of the song and Elias’s voice. The song borrows a line or two from This Little Light of Mine and adds some extra power to it. The excerpt of one of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s speeches adds on to the power of the song. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, and definitely worth taking a listen to.
Mountaintop starts off right away with a powerful, attention-grasping drum beat. By far this is one of the best by the band, and is sure to be a huge hit in the CCM market. The song again pays homage to King, with another short selection of his speech appearing in the song and being based on one of the lines in the speech featured at the end of Spark.
The band only continues to impress with Fell Apart. The lyrics to the song are great as usual, and the instrumental work is phenomenal. I really enjoyed the piano solo featured in this song. Overall another powerful song, sure to be another big hit.
Be Still, O My Soul starts off the middle portion of the album on a much different sound. It almost reminds me of the music of an old western movie where the character enters a small and quiet town. It’s a refreshing shift in the album, yet it effectively transitions back into the band’s usual style near the song’s end.
The album continues with Wake Me Up. Personally I would have liked to have heard another song like this one’s predecessor, yet this is still an impressive track. The album’s title track follows this one, and starts off on a great note. It’s obvious to see why they chose this to be their first single. This is another one of band’s best, and is simply amazing to listen to. The drums and piano complement the vocals nicely, and is a prime of example of what The City Harmonic is capable of.
The acoustic-driven track Love starts off the final part of the album. Gradually more instruments are added into the song, and makes the song quite interesting. The only complaint I really have with the song is that I wish it was longer! A very creative song. The next song doesn’t disappoint though, Holy (Wedding Day) is a great song which features a bit of just abut every song on this album in one nice little package. Although the band only has less than twenty songs, in my opinion this is definitely their best, and I look forward to what else we will be hearing from them after listening to this song.
The album comes to an end (well, somewhat) with Benediction, a short little track which effectively wraps up the album. As with Love, I just wish that this song was longer! It was very well put together. Lastly the album has the radio edit of the band’s hit song Manifesto. It’s great to see it on the full-length album. The song is just as great as ever, as is the band.
Overall I think that this album is simply amazing. The band has grown tremendously, and has improved far beyond anything I had imagined. This album is sure to rival Switchfoot’s Vice Verses as the year’s best album thus far. I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home) is definitely an album worth listening to, and it’s no surprise how well it has sold since being released. I am waiting anxiously for the band’s next album, hopefully it will be soon. This album gets a perfect score from me. 5/5
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