It's been over five years since we last heard from Detroit alternative rockers Search The City and I have been among the crowd of patient fans, painfully awaiting the follow-up of the amazing A Fire So Big The Heavens Can See It. At long last, it has finally arrived. Flight has been released independently and can currently be purchased via the band's website, as well as iTunes and Amazon. So, what will be done after the five year silence and some big shoes to fill again?
"My Secrets Have Secrets Too" starts off with an acapella intro which totally makes sense with STC's unique pop rock mantra, then jumps into an album full of nice tunes chock full of emo-laced one liners. "Syndicated Reality," "Get A Grip," and "Watch The Stars Fall" are standard for the band; catchy and full of solidly paced drums and guitars that go well with Travis' vocals (who sounds very close to former front man Josh, making for a smooth transition). Certain tracks stand out with their intelligently written lyrics. In "Whispers And Memories," the listener is taunted with "I'm haunting this place with what's left of me" and "Rewrite The Ending" says "You set your friends on fire and let accomplishments slip under the wire." They're both reminiscent of those killer verses that I fell in love with back in 2008. The downloadable album is full of pop rocking tunes and a few softer sides to make for a rather complete offering with something for just about every listener.
But there is a downside, however. "Heartstrings" seems a little sloppy and "Young Hearts" screams 'filler track' and probably could have been left off the album and not have been missed. That being said, Flight is still a solid album and songs like "Light The Fire" with the catchy tunes and clever words like "keep your speeches, we're done with your reasons tonight" make "Flight" an album that fans of STC will definitely enjoy. Maybe they just set that bar too high five years ago, but it's hard to fault them for making only a good - rather than stellar - album this time around. If you enjoyed A Fire So Big... then you are going to enjoy Flight.- Review date: 9/9/13, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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