Perfect Symphonic Rock Blend
REILLY masterfully pares the unique sound of the electric violin with a modern rock twist. The music will blow you away while the lyrics will keep you coming back for more. The songs are packed with truth and have a way of meeting you where you are. If you are looking for solid music, meaningful lyrics and an album that will quickly find its way into your heart (and on repeat on your iPod) look no further than Around The World by REILLY.
Reilly has done it AGAIN!
This record is so cool because it is a mix between alternitve and rock music. Christian alternative fans will LOVE this record. The voilin parts and the prescence of Jon Reilly's vocals mixed with incredible drums, and guitars provide for a unique sound that is different than their album Let June Decide. This is a great and I highly suggest that you buy it!
They must have had a ball making this
First things first. This is an album with theological depth. Despite the amazingly fun and memorable melodies, this is not a collection of “la la la praise him” then repeat 10x pablum. We’re presented with an Augustinian confession in “Too Long Without You”. The Christian’s struggle with world weariness and its answer in Christ’s perfect high priesthood is skillfully described in “For Me”. That theme of encouragement is repeated freshly in “Remember His Love”. Several songs are poignant prayers. “Light Up The Darkness” is a prayer to live, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the life we have been called out of darkness to lead. “Home Sweet Home” is a prayer for a homecoming and an answer for those who’ve prayed that someone will start singing about heaven again. “Crazy” is a brilliant in-your-face to post-modern, post-christian society with lines like “Tell me what are you dying for? You might be crazy too.” How many contemporary Christian albums have you heard that play through without ever actually mentioning the object of our worship? I’m sorry. I cut my teeth on Keith Green. Jesus is the “Him” we’re singing about. No vagueness here. Biblical Christianity is front and center throughout. The name of Jesus is invoked with absolute splendor in “Pull Me Up”- “Jesus you’re my only hope, I lay myself at your feet, longing for your love to pull me up.”
The music? Reilly’s first album “While I Was On Earth” demonstrated a tremendous amount of ability and above all diversity. The second album “Let June Decide” took, in my opinion, a more pop/indy rock direction. Delightful though it was, I felt it lacked some of the complexity of the first album. Around The World is a wealth of musical intelligence and cleverness kept light by soaring melodies. There is a real danger of every song getting stuck in your head for days. But if you do listen repeatedly you are rewarded with layer after layer of depth. There’s a live performance energy in this studio recording. The band has truly discovered the electric guitar. Perhaps John Reilly has found his inner Tom Petty. There is some great tone going on. Someone unearthed a Leslie speaker and played all sorts of things though it. Check out the great blend of soulful, bluesy Hammond organ and super twangy, Buck Owens worthy, Gretch guitar on “Pull Me Up”. The klaxon, guitar and violin riot that is the first 20 seconds of “Wake Us Up” makes a promise on which this fist pumper truly delivers. If you enjoyed Noele’s vocals on the jazzy anti-torch song “You’re to Blame” you will be happy with the hauntingly beautiful worship song “Yahweh”.
So do I have anything negative to say about this effort? I can’t hear the title track without being reminded of Lord of the Rings. “One death to pay the price, one love to give us life..” vs. “One Ring to rule them all , One ring to find them…” Sorry guys. It just mixed in my head like that.