Okay, so I'm the brother-in-law, I'm supposed to say something nice, and complimentary about this album whether I mean it or not, right? We'll I'm not going to do it. Why? Because I want to give them the honesty and justice they so deserve. I hope, and I'm pretty sure, in the end they'll all appreciate my honesty and objectivity, over a string of contrived complements. I'm going to try and do this critique as objectively as possible.
First of all this is Christian worship music and I am not a Christian. I'm also not a Christian hater. On a personal note I respect creed -each individuals system of beliefs- as long as they are happy, don't bring harm upon themselves or others, and aren't pushy and/or self-righteous about their beliefs.
Being an open-minded individual I do listen to Christian influenced bands i.e; Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion, Page France, Sunny Day Real Estate etc... and I love them. I listen to music which reflects the effort, passion, patience and of course intelligence put into the music. This album has all of this in abundance. This is their collective cathexis. We Are Not Consumed, is different because it is a worship album. I don't normally listen to worship music, but (and this is a very large but(t) which deserves two tee's) this album is different, very different. These guys have created a whole new category for Christian worship music; Post-rock Indie Worship. Now how often does a band come out with something so original it needs a new category in order to define it? Not often. Originality, creativity, passion and persistence has made this release a one-of-a-kind. Their music covers the gamut, from the first song Out Of The Depths, you get simple, delicate, intimate acoustic guitar strumming as T.j's soft, beautifully voice floats over the chord changes, to the powerful emo-esque, guitar-driven song From The Ashes. You can hear Built To Spill guitar influences on Only By The Cross, Pedro The Lion influences with How Majestic, which starts out as slow as a lullaby and crescendos into a powerful drum-pounding tribute to the Lord. Some of it is clean and polished and one can tell the band members know there instruments and know them well. Other songs are rough, raw and powerfully simple. Their passion is obvious and I respect that they chose to wear there beliefs on there sleeves with bold pride rather than hiding behind music with vague lyrics for the sack of selling records. Well, I might have crossed the line with that statement, but you get my drift. Their music does fall into an esoteric category which might find them struggling for sales, but their integrity is intact, music brilliant and passion powerful. Whether it be depressing heart-wrenching music, offensive yet honest art, a great small-production red wine made entirely by hand, or a tragically sad memoir which no one wants to read because it brings them down, one thing remains, it's creativity integrity I look for, and these guys express this in their music with glorious abundance.