Listen to the new single from 7 Hills Worship!
Listen to the new single from 7 Hills Worship!

JFH Music Review


For All Seasons, Clarity - EP
CLICK COVER TO ENLARGE

For All Seasons
Clarity - EP



Artist Info: Discography
Genre(s): Pop / Worship
Album length: 7 tracks: 27 minutes, 35 seconds
Street Date: January 26, 2018


READER RATING:   


"Retro" is a word that gets thrown around a lot in music circles. In the last few years, Mumford & Sons featured banjos and suspenders heavily, and were proud of their turn-of-the-century (the 20th one, that is) vibe. The Killers gamely returned to the synth-heavy, New Wave sounds of the 1980's and made something familiar, "alternative," while The Lumineers, the new kings of folk, channeled 60's era Bob Dylan. In the CCM world, Rend Collective likewise made old-timey Irish dancing music fashionable again, and used it to create something new and fresh in worship circles. Last year, Hillsong United made a record, Wonder, that (at times) sounded like 80's-era Phil Collins and Don Henley (consequently, two mainstream artists I still love) and turned out big choruses and keyboard sounds that could have come out of a thirty-year-old time capsule.

California's For All Seasons follows that 80's era pop path with their major label debut, Clarity, and creates big, worshipful pop moments that will put a smile on the face of anyone who listened to the radio thirty-plus years ago. In fact, For All Seasons is so retro (whether intentional or not), that they channel iconic CCM veterans such as Twila Paris and Margret Becker.

It all starts with the big, wide-open voice of lead singer Emily Hamilton. Similar to Hillsong United's Taya Smith (singer of "Oceans" and "Touch The Sky"), Hamilton's powerhouse voice is put front and center of each song (a hallmark of 80's pop) and is a mighty instrument in its own right. Opening track "Higher" channels the kind of West Coast sound that Bethel Worship has been turning out the last ten years, and immediately grips the ears. Anthemic and uplifting, "Higher," and the following "No Other" and "Bigger Than," might sound a bit dated, but there is no denying the power and melodic hooks of this opening trio of songs. Title track "Clarity" rocks an interesting slide guitar and a great keyboard line that's not afraid to stand out.

Unfortunately, the remaining few tracks fail to distinguish themselves very much, and at seven tracks, it's not clear whether Clarity was meant to be considered an EP or a short full-length album. With a few more songs along the lines of the first four, this album would have been a really good debut, but in its current form, it falls a bit short. But there are good things ahead for the "Seasons" crew, and the future is bright indeed. The 1980's haven't sounded this good in a long time.

- Review date: 1/25/18, written by Alex Caldwell of Jesusfreakhideout.com



(JFH Sponsor Spot)

Check out the new album from Lawrence Jamal!

. Record Label: Centricity Music
. Album length: 7 tracks: 27 minutes, 35 seconds
. Street Date: January 26, 2018
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: Amazon.com (CD)
. Buy It: AmazonMP3

  1. Higher (3:25)
  2. Bigger Than (4:25)
  3. No Other (3:52)
  4. Clarity (3:50)
  5. Fight Anymore (3:17)
  6. Eternal King (4:58)
  7. Common Love (3:47)

 

 JFH Album Sample Player

 



Leave a Comment

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

              
Check out the new album from Lawrence Jamal!

Search JFH




This Wednesday, February 1, 2023
SINGLES
Disciple Promise To Live - Single [Tooth & Nail]


This Friday, February 3, 2023
ALBUMS
Cochren & Co. Running Home [Gotee]
Colony House The Cannonballers [Roon]
Hillsong UNITED Are We There Yet? (Expanded Edition) [Hillsong]
Marcus Jordan My Life - eP [MJMG]
Pastor Mike Jr. Impossible [Capitol CMG]

VINYL
Cody Carnes God Is Good! [Marigold 2 LP] [Sparrow]
Hillsong UNITED Are We There Yet? [3 LP] [Hillsong]

SINGLES
Anchor Hymns We Will Feast in The House of Zion - Single [Integrity]
Bethel Music Holy Forever - Single [Bethel Music]
Cline Worthy One (feat. Mo Pitney) - Single [Curb/Word]
Dreaded Dale The Violent - Single (independent)
Free Worship En Tu Nombre Cristo - Single [BEC]
The Kingdom Choir Not Giving Up (feat. Wayne Ellington) - Single [Sentric Music]
Mozaiek Worship Allesomvattend - Single [Integrity]
Matthew Parker Bird's Eye View (feat. Jacob Stanifer) - Single [DREAM]
Hunter Plake More in Love - Single [BEC]
Matt Redman Lamb of God (feat. David Funk) - Single [Integrity]
Martin Smith Holy (Live) (with Kari Jobe) - Single [GLOWORKS]
Chase Tremaine Tired Side of Content - Single (independent)
Women Who Worship Great Mystery - Single [Capitol CMG]
World Gone Cold Opposites Attract - Single [Rockfest]


Next Friday, February 10, 2023
ALBUMS
Jeff & Sheri Easter Treasure [Gaither]
Hannah Hobbs Sundown [Capitol CMG]

SINGLES
George Mhondera Not Even Once - Single [BEC]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the New Album by Lifehouse Worship!




Listen to the New Album By Erin Corrado!

Check out depositphotos for royalty free images