When a musical genius like Ed Roland stands behind an album, you can bet the house in that the result is going to be great. So, if I tell you that he and Rick Beato (Shinedown) produced Needtobreathe’s sophomore effort, you can be sure that “The Heat” is nothing short of amazing. In short, this is one of the best albums released in 2007.
The band’s sound has a strong southern rock influence on it, but what stuns me about this record is that you will enjoy it a lot even if you are not a fan of that genre –like in my case. Good alternative rock songs, nice acoustic stripped-down tracks, mid-tempo pieces, Maroon 5-esque rhythms, great arrangements; you can find a little bit of everything here. Lyrically, “The Heat” is a very introspective and spiritual album, treating subjects like having hope in the darkest moments, relationships, love, and –of course- God.
My favorite song of the album is the extremely contagious “Streets of Gold”, one of those catchy pieces you just have to hear several times in a row. Number 10 track “The Heat” sounds a lot like Maroon 5, but much better. “Looks Like Love” is a song that could have been on any album by Sanctus Real, the same with “Movin’ On” and Train. Last track, “Second Chances”, is simply beautiful. To summarize, do yourself a favor and listen to his album. You won’t regret it.
This album was reviewed a few months ago by Tom Spinelli.