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The Citizens

Album Cover for the Citizens new release.

Album Cover for the Citizens new release.

The Citizens hit the scene last year with their EP “Already Not Yet”. The short, but highly encouraging album consists of three remade hymns (“Amazing Grace”, “In Tenderness”, and “Nothing but the Blood”) and one very powerful closer in their original song “Oh God”. All three hymns are very upbeat with a purpose, and remade to fit the music scene today with the style that The Citizens are trying to achieve- energetic worship in the style of indie (I know, it’s a bit wordy). Regardless of how you would try to categorize their style of worship, one thing is for sure: it is genuine and it is good.

Their new self-titled  album that released this week follows suit of the previous EP as it contains three hymns with the other eight songs being original creations. The band chose to cover two new hymns in “I Surrender All” and “Praise to the Lord”, as well as include “In Tenderness”. Each hymn brings a new dynamic to the album and provides the listener with a different worship experience.  “I Surrender All” slows down the pace and enables to listener to reflect and meditate throughout the track.

The original songs are truly what steal the show though. “Made Alive” boasts a catchy chorus that you’ll get stuck in your head all day (in a good way). The instruments throughout are top notch and unique. The bass in “Hail the King” really stands out, and is a forefront sound when typically just heralded as background noise. Most of all though, it is the lyrics and poetic writing truly written for God that are the cornerstone for the album. These lyrics from their song “I am Living in a Land of Death” exemplify what the band strived for while crafting and writing each song:

 

“So I feel alive with a life that’s not mine,

And I’m believing that it is Your intended design”

 

The song continues and eventually ends with this verse:

 

“So much more than precious gold,

Is the beauty I behold,

Give me the glorious reward,

Of knowing You my King, my Lord.”

 

The Citizens’ calling card is their ability to make worship a natural thing, with their powerful lyrics and style of music that is current with today’s top artists, this band is reaching out to the masses. If you are searching for a different type of worship, one that ups the ante in this genre, be sure and check out The Citizens. There is nothing to regret.

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My Favorite Albums & Movies of 2012

Listed below are my personal favorite albums and movies of 2012. I hope you appreciate the creativeness and time spent in making these pieces of art and stories that are being told.

I know I do…

20. Defining Times- Separate Tongues

Favorite Tracks: “Outlaw”, “Driving into Smoke” and “Swan Dive”

19. The Citizens- Already Not Yet           

Favorite Tracks: “Oh God”, “This Tenderness”, and “Amazing Grace”

18. Devious Means- Songs We All Are Singing

Favorite Tracks: “Problematic”, “Shake”, and “Porcelain Mouths”

17. Joshua Michael Robinson- Intentions

Favorite Tracks: “Broken Sling”, “Only I Know”, and “Cherokee”

16. Among Savages- Wanderings of an Illustrative Mind

Favorite Tracks: “Raging Sun”, “A Dark Design”, and “Terrified”

15. Jt Daly- Memory           

Favorite Tracks: “Oberlin”, “Things Will Never be the Same”, and “Memory”

14. General Ghost- Give Me to the Waves EP & If Then EP

Favorite Tracks: “If Then”, “Don’t Need You”, and “Love You Like You Love Me”

13. Mumford and Sons- Babel         

Favorite Tracks: “Below My Feet”, “Lover of the Light”, and “Lover’s Eyes”

12. The Lighthouse and the Whaler- This is an Adventure

Favorite Tracks: “Pioneer”, “Iron Doors”, and “Little Vessels”

11. Churchill- The Change EP

Favorite Tracks: “Change”, “Sing Out Your Love”, and “Made a List”

10. House of Heroes- Cold Hard Want

Favorite Tracks: “Remember the Empire”, “Touch this Light” and “Stay”

9. The Rocketboys- Build Anyway

Favorite Tracks: “Time is a Devil”, “Marching to the Palace”, and “Carry Me”

8. Now, Now- Threads           

Favorite Tracks: “Prehistoric”, “Thread”, and “Wolf”

7. Further Seems Forever- Penny Black

Favorite Tracks: “Engines”, “Stem the Loss”, and “Janie”

6. The Early November- In Currents

Favorite Tracks: “Tell Me Why”, “A Stain on the Carpet”, and “That’s Not Your Real Name”

5 . Monsters Calling Home –Monsters Calling Home EP

 

Monsters Calling Home recently changed their name to Run River North. This EP hosts one of my favorites songs of all time in “Foxbeard”. I thoroughly enjoy this band’s story and look forward to seeing how far they go from here.

Favorite Tracks: “Foxbeard” and “Monsters Calling Home”

4. Kopecky Family Band- Kids Raising Kids

What’s not to love about male/female duel vocals in an indie band? This band has the rhythm, the vibe, and the kick to make you dance or just bob your head to the beat.

Favorite Tracks: “Wandering Eyes”, “Heartbeat”, and “Are You Listening?”

3. Anberlin- Vital

     

Not since “Cities” have Anberlin fans given them a real chance at being a truly great band, but the band’s reputation is saved with “Vital”. It is everything “Cities” was and more. This album truly has re-vital-ized their fans’ passion.

Favorite Tracks: “Someone Anyone”, “Little Tyrants”, and “God, Drugs, and Sex”

2. From Indian Lakes- Able Bodies

With their sophomore release From Indian Lakes have perfected their sound. A unique blend of vocal melodies, musicianship, and lyricism give birth to “Able Bodies”, and boy is it good.

Favorite Tracks: “We Follow”, “Stay Outside”, and “Breaking My Bones”

1. Paper Route –The Peace of Wild Things

 A solid album from start to finish. Paper Route have crafted 10 songs that flow together, shift moods in a solemn manner, and take you on an emotional journey. No two songs sound the same and every song packs a punch.

Favorite Tracks: “Sugar”, “You and I”,  and “Glass Heart Hymn”

My 5 Favorite Movies of 2012… kind of…

1 a. The Dark Knight Rises

An amazing ending to the great Christopher Nolan trilogy.

1 b. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This one ties for first because it is completely different than TDKR, it is just as deserving for my #1 spot. Such an emotional and powerful movie.

2. The Avengers

Ultimate superhero/ comedy/ action/ Robert Downey Jr. mashup.

3. Skyfall

James Bond at his finest. Had me on the edge of my seat throughout the film.

4. The Amazing Spider-man

Hated the first spider-man series, but boy does Andrew Garfield make for a great Peter Parker.

5. Brave

Can Pixar do any wrong?

Movies I Haven’t Seen Yet, but am Pretty Sure I Would Love…

Lincoln

Safety Not Guaranteed

Argo

The Intouchables

The Hobbit

Django Unchained

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