The Rising COMING HOME

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Debut album from The Rising shows some promise, but doesn’t really break any new ground

A stingy star rating can seem a little harsh, especially one that’s directed towards a capable and talented group such as The Rising, and yet in this instance I feel it’s warranted. There’s something about COMING HOME that grates a little, though one might assume that the sound created by the band hasn’t transferred well from live performance to album recording.

My main gripe with COMING HOME is that it’s somewhat one-dimensional. The up-tempo soft rock/pop backing is consistent throughout, leaving little doubt about the aim to appeal to a broad audience.There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, though the execution of the pop sound is misjudged and more than a tad bland. The lack of any particular distinctiveness, twinned with generic paint-by-numbers lyrics and breathy vocals, brings back memories of some of the weaker efforts of semi-successful Christian rock groups that an old friend cruelly exposed me to in my teens.

That said. I’m sure there’s an audience forthis album. Teenagers and younger listeners in particular may find this brand of music appealing, and the same applies to those who enjoy a softer variant of rock music.

Regardless, there’s an overly familiar feel about COMING HOME. This familiarity is with other bands that provide something similar but better. It’s hard to escape the notion that The Rising have putthis album out in the hope of expanding their fan base, but at the expense, perhaps not intentionally, of artistic merit.

It might seem like fun to slate an album, but I assure you it’s not. However, the lyrics from Man On The Moon, speaking of a ‘faceless man, with a faceless face,’ proved to be one step too far for me. The Rising are evidently capable of neatly-packaged poptracks.This album could have been a whole lot better. Ian Home www.the-rising-band.co.uk

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