- reviewed by Andrea Dawn Goforth Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 8 Aug
- Surrender Saved My Life
- Learning To Fall
- Beautifully Broken
- No Turning Back
- My God
- For The Life Of Me
- Last Second Chance
- Stay With You Tonight
- Change The World
- A Point Between Extremes
- The Ones
- Say Goodnight
When This Beautiful Republic debuted in 2007 with
The album's message is at least noble and relevant. Lead vocalist Ben Olin explains that This Beautiful Republic wanted to make songs that put you in another's shoes to foster better understanding among us. In the song "Change the World," he sings, "Why do we keep fighting? … We all see the same things … If we love each other we can change the world."
But musically, This Beautiful Republic treads a fine line between variety and inconsistency. The pop/rock anthem "Beautifully Broken" is abruptly followed by the in-your-face screams of "No Turning Back," complete with the chunky guitar found on your average metal album.
Eclecticism is often a good thing, but on
Olin's voice doesn't quite hold up to the musical range either. Though he does well with the more pop/rock oriented tunes—those most similar to the emo flavor of the debut album—his singing seems more stretched and thin on the heavier tracks, lacking the depth and character needed to sustain them.
As such, most of the songs simply aren't that memorable, but at least
There are indeed two sides to this album. On one side, This Beautiful Republic has put out an album with some worthy messages while showing a willingness to evolve their sound. On the other side, it is an album weighed down by an inconsistent sound and forgettable songs. You could say this album has the perfect title for it.