The City Harmonic is a Canadian rock band. Far superior than Nickelback and Justin Bieber, I assure you! Their album, Introducing The City Harmonic, was released November 23rd last year, and since then, they have become a fairly big name in Christian music. The album would reach the #5 slot on iTunes’ Christian & Gospel Charts.
The album opens up with I Wonder, an amazing song expressing the inability to understand God’s never-ending love for us. “‘Cause with a love like this how could I understand? The love of God is bigger than my beating heart.” The piano driven track makes for a good start to the album, effectively grasping the listener’s attention. Manifesto quickly became one of the band’s most popular songs, and it follows up. This track is another great piano driven praise and worship song. It takes part of the Nicene Creed as well as the Lord’s Prayer, and creates with them a beautiful work of art. This is by far the best song on the album.
My God starts out as slower song, yet it still harbors the same passion and inspiration as the other tracks on the album. Things start picking up a little bit under the halfway point, and the song does not disappoint. This comes in at a close second to Manifesto as best song on the album. Coming My Way follows up, and in my opinion is an instrumental masterpiece. It has riveting lyrics, and the use of what some would consider unconventional instruments is amazing. Yet another masterpiece on the album that is definitely worth picking up.
I Am picks up the rock action as Elias sings out “My God, you are good, you are great, you are love” and ends the song with “and I am loved.” Although I originally thought that this would have made an excellent song to end the album on, but the following track, What I Want soon changed my mind. In this acoustic-driven track, Elias asks God for his life to “speak louder than words” and says “Jesus, I’m sure You’re what I want.” After listening to this track, I think that it was the perfect song to end the album on. It sums up the album, and what the band and many of us as Christians are looking for, magnificently. The ending choir part reminds us that we all make up the Body of Christ, and emphasizes the greatness of communal worship.
Overall I thought that this was a great EP, one of the best released last year, and I am anxiously waiting for their full-length album to be released on October 18th. This is surely a band to keep your eye on, they are making beautiful music for an amazing reason. I am giving this album four and a half stars out of five.