This album starts with Typical, which is a good song. Immediately you can get a good feel for this band that has a lot of musicality. The intensity and high quality music reminds one slightly of Honestly and Sister Hazel. Typical is a smooth alternative pop song that can easily stand up to names that are far more established in today’s charts.
The album then continues with the very interesting St. Paul. It has a catchy tune and could be a killer radio song. There might be a little bit of British influence in this serious single candidate. Vocally, We The Living is very strong, and the instruments do a great job to complete the sound.
Half The Girl
The powerpop song Half The Girl is a song that will help this band to steal the hearts of many mainstream pop/rock fans. With a sound that slightly reminds of The Fray, OneRepublic & Melee at times, and definitely no less than these bands, We The Living creates a very catchy pop & roll song that will do well during live shows, and should be pressed as a radio single yesterday rather than today.
London Rain might well be the best track on the album. It has a bit more of a melancholic sound with the beautiful keys and crystal vocals. This track shows a lot of maturity and passion and it’s impossible to not appreciate this track, even if it’s not your cup of tea.
The anthemic Atlantic could be seen as a signature song for this band, with the wonderful vocals and melodic high quality. The song has an interesting groove that makes it quite catchy and the lyrics that tell a cool story. It has the same radio quality as the other songs and is one heck of a sing-along.
Best Laid Plans
The piano-based Best Laid Plans is a sensitive and intimate ballad that shows this band’s songwriting talent. The song’s build-up is very well done and the accents are in the right places and the strong melodics make for another excellent song.
75 & 17
75 & 17 is more of a rock (& roll) track and the uptempo, catchy tune works really well. It gives the song a nice drive and with a sound that slightly reminds of July For Kings at times, We The Living shows they can surely rock out.
This song is very reminiscent of The Fray. It has the same rounded of melodics and clear vocals. The song carries away along the mainstream radio format and is done quite well, but it’s not the band’s most convincing song on this excellent debut.
Unfortunately we reached the album closer. History ends this album brilliantly though. The primarily acoustic song with it’s emotional vocals and excellent lyrics gives extra shine to this album. The compassion and honesty in this song are refreshing and the almost folky influence gives the song extra character.
With “Heights of the Heavens”, We The Living shows they are one of the bands that we will be hearing for a long time to come. With a knack for writing catchy, well-flowing songs and ballads, this band has the right sound to be commercially attractive for radio, tv & other media, as well as the right amount of energy and passion to spark with the true music lover. Songs like Half The Girl, London Rain & History show the sheer talent this bands holds.