- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Feb
- All I Want
- Do You Love Me?
- Already Gone
- Swan Sea
- Blown Away
- The Ends Begin
- One Thousand Years
If absence truly makes the heart grow fonder, then maybe that's the reason The Violet Burning's Michael Pritzl decided to return to his alt-rock roots. Whatever the reason for the change in style,
As far as the actual songs go, "Humm" may start off things with a fuzzy guitar line, but it clearly sets the tone of the album with searching lyrics that ultimately point the listener back to God. "All my life/I'm looking for light I cannot find within me/Hold me now/I think I'm breaking." Continuing in the same moody but hopeful vein is "All I Want," which quickly transitions into an anthem that's armed with a catchy chorus and plenty of soaring guitars and piano to keep the song from creeping into downright depressing territory.
Just when you think you may have the formula all figured out, "Do You Love Me?" and "Already Gone" both throw a curve ball in the mix with the frenetic pacing and too-cool-for-the-room attitude akin to Franz Ferdinand or something from the latest Strokes album. Yet despite the comparisons, The Violets still manage to make the songs their own, with far better lyrics to boot.
The only track that feels out of place on