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"A Man Can Change His Stars" an Impressive Debut

  • Rick Weber CCM Magazine
  • 2004 7 Oct
"A Man Can Change His Stars" an Impressive Debut

Artist:    Mourning September
Label:   Floodgate

Mourning September formed in Tulsa, Okla., around the time of the Oklahoma City bombings, but the group's name stems more from the emotional upheaval it's endured in the band's personal lives. On "Light and Jewels," Tony Chavez sings of the death of a friend, accompanied by Further Seems Forever's Jon Bunch and the plaintive wail of Josh Tipton's searing guitar: "She saw a door standing open, with light and jewels and fields forever/ She never knew she would see you this soon."

Still, the group's debut album is dominated by themes of hope ("Glorietta," inspired by Lamentations 3), mercy ("Every Dream," with Chavez singing, "You heard the cry of a broken soul") and love ("April Dreams," written by Chavez to commemorate his wedding day, with Bunch helping out on vocals).

The group cites Foo Fighters as an influence, which is particularly evident on "The Damage," "Glorietta" and "Every Dream." But the ethereal yet aggressive sound is reminiscent of Anberlin, with whom they have toured extensively. It's melodic and accessible, with a pop-metal sensibility.

While the album could've used a ballad to break up the repetition – a la Kutless' "Sea of Faces" – this is an impressive, out-of-the-gate burst by a band that could mature into something special.

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