Unspoken by Unspoken on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Mixing urban grooves with folk-pop melodies, Unspoken deliver a self-titled debut album that combines tracks from their 2013 EP with eight new tunes. The Christian quartet’s accessible, radio-friendly sound invites comparisons with Newworldson (for the rootsy underpinnings) and Jimmy Needham (for a supple R&B feel). What gives the band’s music its own character is an intimate scale and sincerity. Lead singer Chad Mattson never preaches down to his listeners—there’s a humble Everyman quality to his vocals that suggests a friend sharing the Word over a cup of coffee. “Who You Are” and “Call It Grace” find him hinting at his own struggles as he celebrates the hope of redemption. The summery “In Your Hands” and the stirring “Lift My Life Up” are worship songs that emphasize personal testimony over sonic melodrama. As an ensemble, Unspoken do well with light shuffle rhythms (“Walking Away”) and airy pop tunes with hip-hop accents (“Good Fight”). The standout here is “Bury the Workman,” a bluesy track recounting the struggles of believers through the ages in the mode of a classic spiritual.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mixing urban grooves with folk-pop melodies, Unspoken deliver a self-titled debut album that combines tracks from their 2013 EP with eight new tunes. The Christian quartet’s accessible, radio-friendly sound invites comparisons with Newworldson (for the rootsy underpinnings) and Jimmy Needham (for a supple R&B feel). What gives the band’s music its own character is an intimate scale and sincerity. Lead singer Chad Mattson never preaches down to his listeners—there’s a humble Everyman quality to his vocals that suggests a friend sharing the Word over a cup of coffee. “Who You Are” and “Call It Grace” find him hinting at his own struggles as he celebrates the hope of redemption. The summery “In Your Hands” and the stirring “Lift My Life Up” are worship songs that emphasize personal testimony over sonic melodrama. As an ensemble, Unspoken do well with light shuffle rhythms (“Walking Away”) and airy pop tunes with hip-hop accents (“Good Fight”). The standout here is “Bury the Workman,” a bluesy track recounting the struggles of believers through the ages in the mode of a classic spiritual.

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About Unspoken

Christian rock band Unspoken features guitarist Mike Gomez, multi-instrumentalist Jon Lowry, vocalist Chad Mattson, and drummer Ariel Munoz. Mattson met Gomez while on a missionary trip in the Dominican Republic. Back in the U.S., the two musicians summoned Mattson's childhood friend Lowry, and Munoz was added after he and the trio crossed paths at a Nashville talent contest. Signed to the Centricity label, Unspoken debuted in 2012 with the single "Who You Are," which peaked at number 11 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart. "Lift My Life Up," their 2013 follow-up single, reached the same position. After a couple additional short-form releases, they released their self-titled debut album in 2014 which peaked at number nine on the Christian Albums chart and brought them more widespread success. While preparing for their follow-up, Unspoken recorded a 2015 all-acoustic EP called Unplugged, which featured stripped-down versions of earlier songs. A year later in August 2016, they delivered Follow Through, their sophomore album on Centricity, enhancing the band's soulful rock sound with horns and electronic elements. ~ Andy Kellman

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