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Abel - Lesser Men

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Abel - Lesser Men
Release Date: October 19, 2010
Record Label: Come&Live!

“If I’m the apple of my father’s eye, why do I bend, why do I break on the whims of everything?” opens “Standing Still” before rolling into yearning indie rock that’s hammered by skepticism, though eventually it finds peace in faith. On Lesser Men, that’s the vibe Abel strikes, encasing spiritual worship in powerful music that carries hints of everyone from Brand New to As Tall As Lions. But it also has an element to its sound that’s entirely individual, making it one of the more riveting listens of the year.

The album highlight is probably “Atlantic: The Broken Hearted King,” whose proclamation “I can hear the trumpet sounding in the distance” is actually accompanied by a host of angelic trumpets. But plenty of other tracks come fairly close to matching its beautiful indie sprawl, many of which aren’t so “indie” themselves. “I saw the ice break on the bow and rip our hope to pieces,” sings Kevin Kneifel in “Titanic” over a contemporary hymn melody and an entertaining bass line. And “Take Me Home” is as standard an acoustic number as they come.

Still, the brightest gems are the ones that aren’t so straightforward, like “Come Ye Weary,” which rides an ambient build-up to a climax wrought with desperation: “So surrender your love all who are weary!” The title track and “The Martyr” evoke Brand New, while “Saints” chants “If only we had eyes to see you with… if only we could be children of love” like a ritual number.

Lesser Men is a meditative album for anyone looking for an indie edge in Christians spirituality. The atmosphere it creates is intensely transcendent, but lively and inventive at the same time. Not many artists can claim both characteristics, but Abel does it with an admirable cohesiveness. “And the heavens come undone, and the chorus is resounding, it’s resounding within me,” says “Atlantic: The Broken Hearted King.” On Lesser Men, it’s evident.

Recommended If You LikeBrand New, As Tall As Lions, Future of Forestry, My Epic
Track listing1. Silver
2. Saints
3. The Martyr
4. Lesser Men
5. Titanic
6. Take Me Home
7. Standing Still
8. Come Ye Weary
9. Atlantic: The Broken Hearted King
10. Atlantic: The Voice In the Tides

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This review is a user submitted review from Matthew Tsai. You can see all of Matthew Tsai's submitted reviews here.
 
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11:29 PM on 10/11/10
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I'm so stoked on what i've heard. come and live is turning out some great stuff!
05:17 AM on 10/12/10
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Huge fan of this band, glad you reviewed it. Nice disc for sure.
09:38 AM on 10/12/10
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stoked.
10:30 AM on 10/12/10
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my boy kevin! getting it done!
11:40 AM on 10/12/10
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Hey, so I just thought I would point out that the link that says "view artist profile" takes you to Annabel, Arose, not Abel's actual AP profile. Just saying, it'd be cool if that could be fixed :) Nice review though, thanks!
11:53 AM on 10/12/10
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yo. this band is dope
07:45 AM on 10/13/10
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fuck the thrill of the chase.
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diggin it
03:42 PM on 10/13/10
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Band sounds pretty awesome. Their name kind of bugs me, though. Reminds me of the crappy radio rock band Saving Abel, haha.
03:44 PM on 10/14/10
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I'm intrigued to hear this album next week. Should be pretty awesome!
06:48 AM on 10/15/10
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It's going to be a free download, right?
06:57 AM on 10/15/10
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It's going to be a free download, right?
Yes. From Come&Live! next Tuesday.
07:36 AM on 10/15/10
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Yes. From Come&Live! next Tuesday.
Good. Looking forward to it.
05:13 PM on 11/08/10
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Phenomenal album, definitely one of my favorites of the year
06:20 AM on 11/09/10
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This band has my heart. Their music speaks volumes to me in more ways than one. Great live show.... everyone should def see them live

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