Unspoken Breaks New Ground With Self-Titled Effort

Christa Banister

Artist: Unspoken
Title: Unspoken
Label: Centricity

For many bands, the self-titled album is an intentional way of introducing themselves to the masses—just one of the many essential steps for branding. After all, it doesn’t help to have a catchy single if no one can remember what the group is called, right?

But for some well-established groups, opting for a self-titled album can also signal a rebirth of sorts. Maybe the artists have tinkered with their sound. Or are headed in a new direction lyrically because they switched up their lineup. Perhaps, they were younger when they began their career and simply want to differentiate their work from what’s been released in the past.

For whatever reason that Unspoken went the self-titled route with its latest project, which I’m guessing has something to do with the fact it’s their first full-length album for Centricity, it’s a fitting move because more than any of its predecessors, Unspoken is a thrillingly diverse collection of songs that are jam-packed with thoughtful spiritual takeaway.

Unlike many studio records that sound a little flat because there’s only so much atmosphere that can be created in tight confines, Unspoken has a decidedly live feel that really elevates the material.

What also lends an exciting air to Unspoken’s irresistible pop/rock songs is the confessional lyrical style. Drawing from the group’s time spent studying Matthew 5 and 6, songs like “Start a Fire,” “Who You Are,” “Bury the Workmen” and “My Recovery” get back to the basics of faith and offer plenty of valuable takeaway without resorting to full-on preachiness.

*Published 4/15/2014