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EDITORS’ NOTES

This Christian sextet’s self-titled major-label debut is laden with galvanizing melodies and reverent lyrics, delivered by the group with a collective fervor that fairly demands a full-throated amen. Frontman Jeremiah Carlson is gifted with an assertive vocal presence, framed by colorful instrumentation that lays banjos and mandolins over a sturdy rhythmic base. Josh Anderson’s slide guitar is especially crucial in giving the album a brawny, arena-shaking edge. “Revival,” “Burn," and “Steal Their Hearts” smolder with a blend of rootsy rock and backwoods gospel elements, letting Carlson take the role of a fiery country preacher laying down the Word. The band balances its rockier moments with piano-centered tracks like “One Truth One Life” and galloping Mumford & Sons–style folk tunes like “My Soul Longs.” “Pearl of Great Price” and “Be Lifted Higher” successfully translate The Neverclaim’s sonic intensity to a worship-ballad setting. Lindsay McCaul lends her honeyed tones to the expansive, hymn-like closer “Enthroned on High (Holy, Holy, Holy).”

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Christian sextet’s self-titled major-label debut is laden with galvanizing melodies and reverent lyrics, delivered by the group with a collective fervor that fairly demands a full-throated amen. Frontman Jeremiah Carlson is gifted with an assertive vocal presence, framed by colorful instrumentation that lays banjos and mandolins over a sturdy rhythmic base. Josh Anderson’s slide guitar is especially crucial in giving the album a brawny, arena-shaking edge. “Revival,” “Burn," and “Steal Their Hearts” smolder with a blend of rootsy rock and backwoods gospel elements, letting Carlson take the role of a fiery country preacher laying down the Word. The band balances its rockier moments with piano-centered tracks like “One Truth One Life” and galloping Mumford & Sons–style folk tunes like “My Soul Longs.” “Pearl of Great Price” and “Be Lifted Higher” successfully translate The Neverclaim’s sonic intensity to a worship-ballad setting. Lindsay McCaul lends her honeyed tones to the expansive, hymn-like closer “Enthroned on High (Holy, Holy, Holy).”

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About The Neverclaim

A six-man CCM alternative indie rock band out of Portland, Oregon, the Neverclaim is led by the songwriting and singing of guitarist and youth pastor Jeremiah Carlson, a former heavy metal drummer, and is rounded out by Matt Ramsey (guitar), Chuck Hill (bass), Josh Anderson (guitar), and Jared Key (drums). The band released an EP, QUIETDOWN, in 2010, and followed it with a self-titled full-length produced by Paul Moak in 2013. ~ Steve Leggett

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