11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Leeland may call Texas home, but its musical inspiration comes from across the Atlantic. The Christian quintet’s sound owes much to British prog-rock, both in its earlier incarnations (Yes, Genesis) and more recent permutations (Coldplay, Travis). “Count Me In,” “Don’t Go Away” and similar tracks are propelled by torrents of U2-like lead guitar, while lighter tunes like the boisterous “Wake Up” and the slinky “Beginning and the End” provide an alternative to the album’s sometimes strident tone. Lyrically, “Let It Out Now” and the title tune stand out for their theme of God-centered nonconformity amidst the materialism of the everyday world. As on their debut, the band proves itself adept in the modern praise realm with such worshipful tracks as “Enter This Temple” and “May Our Praise.” Leeland Mooring’s lead vocals convey the innocent passion of youthful belief — his awkward-but-plaintive upper range is especially effective on “Brighter Days.” Ultimately, it’s this slightly naïve quality which gives Leeland its own identity and makes Opposite Way a convincing expression of faith.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Leeland may call Texas home, but its musical inspiration comes from across the Atlantic. The Christian quintet’s sound owes much to British prog-rock, both in its earlier incarnations (Yes, Genesis) and more recent permutations (Coldplay, Travis). “Count Me In,” “Don’t Go Away” and similar tracks are propelled by torrents of U2-like lead guitar, while lighter tunes like the boisterous “Wake Up” and the slinky “Beginning and the End” provide an alternative to the album’s sometimes strident tone. Lyrically, “Let It Out Now” and the title tune stand out for their theme of God-centered nonconformity amidst the materialism of the everyday world. As on their debut, the band proves itself adept in the modern praise realm with such worshipful tracks as “Enter This Temple” and “May Our Praise.” Leeland Mooring’s lead vocals convey the innocent passion of youthful belief — his awkward-but-plaintive upper range is especially effective on “Brighter Days.” Ultimately, it’s this slightly naïve quality which gives Leeland its own identity and makes Opposite Way a convincing expression of faith.

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About Leeland

Melodic Baytown, Texas alternative CCM ensemble Leeland formed in 2005 around their talented lead singer, guitarist, and frontman, Leeland Mooring. The group, which also includes keyboard player/vocalist Jack Mooring, guitarist Austin Tirado, bass player Jake Holtz, and drummer Mike Smith, released its debut, Sound of Melodies, on Essential Records in 2006. The album would go on to earn the band its first of many Dove and Grammy Award nominations. Released in 2008, Opposite Way saw Leeland sail to the top of the digital Christian album charts on the strength of the wistful title track and the driving "Count Me In," and 2009's Love Is on the Move would debut at number five on the Billboard Christian albums chart. The band's Grammy-nominated fourth studio long-player, The Great Awakening, arrived in 2011, and 2016's Invisible marked the band's first outing for Bethel Music/Sony. ~ James Christopher Monger

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Baytown, TX

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