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Album Review

Released in 2009, Searchlights is the best of Abandon's modern rock from two EPs released during the prior year. As they crowd-tested their material in phases, the San Antonio-based Christian band built up a buzz, particularly following the number one rock hits "Hold On" and "Providence," both indicative of the band's Sanctus Real-meets-the Killers sound. Those familiar with either EP will be delighted at this full collection of material, and new fans have a lot to look forward to. Abandon sit in that sweet spot between emo, alternative, and mainstream rock. They're at the top of their game on this debut record, and though the urgent appeal of tracks like "Song for the Broken" and "Be Alive in Me" may get the most immediate attention, the beauty of Josh Engler's songwriting is made manifest even more so when Abandon slow things down and reveal their inner passions in the middle of the record. The penetrating yearnings of "City Lights," "Safe in Your Arms," and "Atmosphere" express the band's spirituality with near perfection, keeping the guitar from ever getting too heavy-handed. With just the right amounts of heavy and light, Abandon's official full-length debut is impressive, multifaceted, forward-thinking rock.

Customer Reviews

Best Band

Abandon is the band that introduced me to all the music I am currently listening to now

Amazing

Incredible music and an even better message!! Grace: yes, it's actually that good! Hero is such a powerful song. Keep on going, Abandon!

Biography

Formed: 2005 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Before switching to a blend of slick CCM and danceable alt-rock, the founding members of Abandon — brothers Josh and Justin Engler, along with cousins Dave and Stevan Vela — played worship music at their church in San Antonio, Texas. They eventually graduated to secular clubs, where they were joined by bassist Ryan Reavis. Churches, youth camps, and other religious venues remained Abandon’s bread and...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Christian & Gospel, Music, Gospel
  • Released: Aug 21, 2009

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