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Opposite Way :: Leeland (CD Review)

Opposite Way :: Leeland (CD Review)

By Joel Klampert on January 16, 2009

In 2006 the 5 piece Texas based band released their first CD Sound of Melodies. It was a great CD drawing obviously on influences from Keane, Coldplay, and U2. There were a few really amazing stand out songs and I knew these guys could be amazing, but I didn’t find myself wanting to keep listening to it. It didn’t quite make it into the repeat pile. This was odd because the songwriting and vocal talent was really top notch, but I felt like maybe they were still finding their way.

In Feb 2008 They released their second CD: Opposite Way. I was waiting with eager anticipation to see if maybe they found their sound. I was pleasantly surprised when I popped the CD and was instantly met with some pretty killer stuff.

It still had it’s influences from Keane and Coldplay, but Leeland seemed to tap into some older style stuff as well. You get some great Phil Keaggy sounding vocals and melodies straight out of the Tom Petty play book. It makes for a real cool sound that is pretty fresh in today's industry.

The CD is worship based calling for a new kind of Christian to stand up and go against the flow. The lyrics are really dead on and brilliantly written. Leeland’s voice is superb and really blends well with this revitalized sound.

A real standout song for me is the track

Thief in the night

Great is Your love and Your faithfulness

It’s Your faithfulness that carries me

Many times I’ve run away

Forsook Your love and all Your grace

Still You call out my name

Yeah, You still care that I be saved


It is not a blaring rock anthem CD, but it does have some great rock in it. What it does though is really take you in to worship and the airy sounds are perfect for that. This makes a great addition to anybodies modern worship collection.

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