- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2007 1 Aug
- Only Me
- Don't Ignore Me
- Ever and Ever
- Falling Away
Many times in Christian music, it's tempting for artists to try and offer all the answers in the course of a three-minute song because, after all, we have a hope from knowing the true Answer, Jesus. But sometimes, music is better suited to commiserate with than counsel when the trials we face aren't so cut and dry. Indeed, some of the most comforting art comes from those melancholy moments, because sometimes we don't need a reminder that Jesus is the answer as much as a reminder that he understands what we're going through.
That's exactly what makes the music of Fellow so appealing. Sure, the Visalia, California band references the Answer throughout their five-track
Lead singer Johanna Miller sets the tone for the disc with her emotion-packed vocals fronting an aggressive rock approach that brings contemporaries like Paramore and Flylead to mind. All five songs pack a punch both musically and lyrically, and the transition from one to another is flawlessly executed, making for a particularly rewarding (though brief) listening experience.
Tapping into the angst we've all felt from time to time, "Ever and Ever" vividly depicts an abandoned soul: "I wake up surrounded by the dark and feel so alone/I know I can't see my heart/Will I survive?" Chances are we
These darker ruminations on life and faith may not be everyone's musical cup of tea, but the mission of the band is one that should certainly please everyone. "[We want] to produce music that is not only a musical feast, but is also nourishing by speaking to the fundamental issues of humanity," says Fellow guitarist Jake Miller. "These songs are meant to touch a person's emotional pain and frustrations to show them that they are not alone."
Could be just what the listener ordered.
For more information on Fellow, check out www.fellowmusic.com.