Through the Thicket: a hakiu review

Great production value.

A range of musical styles.

Chemical’s catchy.

Feraleo’s new album, Through the Thicket, could best be described as contemporary Christian pop/rock.  Certainly, track 2, Chemical, would be at home on any top-40 station.  It has a heavy beat and strong female vocals that remind me of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  The songs construction is reminiscent of pop music from the late 1950’s, but with a modern twist that makes it an effective piece of contemporary nostalgia.  It’s a rock song you could dance to.

Track 4, Quicksand, could stand alone on any alternative rock station.  Honestly, the Feraleo could have told me that is was a track originally written by Queens of the Stone Age that never made it onto one of their albums.  The music is heavy and fast, and really does capture the catchy soundtrack that would come from a life where one slowly drowns in sin.

The rest of the album is mostly acoustical guitar, and you can really hear the production value throughout the entire album.  Many songs have a lot of instruments going at once, and it would be easy for the individual instruments to get lost.  But somehow, they way the album was recorded separates out each track into a distinctly definable element.

The biggest surprise was quality of the vocals, especially the female lead vocalist.  You can tell that they are gifted singers who have gone through some sort of formal musical training.  In fact, the quality of the vocals is almost startling when compared most artists circulating among Top-40 radio.

As an album for someone who appreciates music,  Through the Thicket, is definitely worth the $7 to buy it on bandcamp:  But it is also very definitely contemporary Christian music.  Through that lens, this album definitely delivers a greater perspective into the Gospel that is both poignant and fun the listen to while you drive.  A non-Christian radio station could play this album because the music is good.  And it’s catchy enough to minister to the masses without hitting them over the head with the Bible.

The band members are young – early 20’s.  So, it’s great to hear lyrics that give sophisticated thought about what Christianity has meant to them.  Where most people their age would identify as “none” when asked about their religion, these Menial Christian musicians aren’t afraid to put themselves and their faith front-and-center.  It’s definitely worth a listen; and it’s what I’ll be listening to today on my way to work.

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