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CD REVIEW: 29:11 by One From Many

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One From Many have endured an artistic and personal journey to arrive at their newest release, 29:11. The five song EP follows up their critically acclaimed full-length debut The Alleged Album in a resounding fashion and proves their metamorphosis from their former configuration called FarCry into this new direction is complete and lasting. This new releases likely takes them further away from any trappings of the contemporary Christian genre; though the EP takes its title from a chapter and verse in the Christian Bible’s Book of Jeremiah, the EP’s five songs are exclusively concerned with matters of the heart. Don’t be mistaken however – One From Many have clearly not abandoned the same thoughtful, introspective, and questioning spirit that has defined their songwriting. Their beliefs likely continue to underpin everything they write and do. One From Many, however, is clearly focused more on the reality of individual lives and its attendant struggles. The EP is, in some senses, a post mortem from lyricist Andrew Supina on his failed marriage, but it isn’t a diary in musical form. Instead, Supina writes lyrics with a knowing eye towards achieving resonance with the listener. It is safe to assume that, if you are over twenty years, you’ve known some of the experiences he relates in his words.

Love takes many different faces however. The EP’s opener, “Like a Ghost”, doesn’t concern itself with marriage but, instead, reflects on the death of a loved one who we never really knew any reconciliation. The song, inspired his relationship with his father, is a Supina vocal showcase , but the band turn in an equally memorable performance. Their playing weaves a delicate musical spell with surprising gravitas, thanks in no small part to the superb production, and never feels cheap or overwrought. The instrumental focus on acoustic guitars continues on the album’s peak, “Apology”, with impressively lyrical guitar work supporting a stunning vocal melody. Supina’s vocal conveys every dollop of regret and anguish with cutting emotive authority.

“Promise Forever” covers similar thematic ground from another angle and the song’s distinctly rustic vibe gives it a strong singer/songwriter quality. It isn’t a stretch to imagine the band’s temptation, even if slight, to record this as a solo or duo performance. The same extraordinary intimacy defining so many of these songs is present on “Promise Forever” and has considerable charm to accompany its deceptive depth. One From Many closes 29:11 with “Afterglow”. The last song is a memory piece of sorts, an autumnal reflection on love’s failure still bubbling with regret and fading recrimination. It’s a final affecting example of the band’s mastery of dynamics – it moves with such coherence and, despite its relatively staid tempo, never fails to hold the listener’s interest.

Purchase Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/29-11-ep/id1060785219

 

by Craig Evans

In short words

Criteria - 90%

90%

Rating

It will probably be written one day that 29:11 marked an important turning point in One From Many's career. Wherever their journey takes them from here, it's apparent that the new EP is a hinge of sort swinging them into a new era of boundary pushing and experimentation. They are still growing, without question, and those who buy 29:11 with an open mind will feel a charge from knowing they are coming in near the ground floor of something special.

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