“There Came a Lion” is an album that shows a distinct style of energetic, reflective rock. Jerry, the front-man, passionately shares his stories of anguish through his vibrant singing. His openness to the listener surely isn’t meant to be fashionable, but rather a way to cope with life’s hardships. The appropriately positioned and named last song on the album, The Last Words vividly reveals Jeremy’s pain of losing his father; quoting his father’s last words to him, “love me, let me sleep.”
Don’t get the wrong idea though, this is anything but a depressing album. Crunching guitars and rock anthems immediately shoot the listener with a heavy dosage of euphoria that doesn’t seem to wear off. In between the plethora of anthems, we are reminded of the joys that melodic vocal and instrumental expressiveness does to music. In this case, it truly helps to define the mood that Ivoryline is trying to convey to us.
The mood of the album relies heavily on self realization to feelings generated from loved ones. Its most apparent on the tracks The Last Words as well as Hearts and Minds where lead singer Jeremy seems to be almost frustrated as he sings, “Everybody finds it necessary to say how much you loved me, as if I didn’t know so deeply.”
“There Came a Lion” is a highly reflective album that really seems to put a lot in perspective as well as providing songs that prove to be addicting.
release date: Tuesday, February 5, 2008