It’s a difficult thing nowadays, in this writer’s opinion, to be a solid “Rock” band. With so much music being based off over the top gimmicks, steeped in the artists’ big top of a life, simply put yet elegantly stated rock music is very refreshing. Abel utilizes all the tools on their belt in that regard with their latest album, Make It Right.
Sweeping drops into big choruses fit for a stadium of people; mixed with a heavier styling of guitar playing quickly transitions us to a place where the vocalist sounds very comfortable getting aggressive with the microphone. As the album progresses it seems the level of introspection from the songs follows. It’s as if the album started with some sort of falling away and redemption is right beyond this man’s fingertips. The songs drip a kind of ache for righteous movement even while being forced to stand still. All the while, not completely drowning the listener in debilitating thought processes about how there is no way out. I think this is one of my favorite parts of this album. For how down trodden it may come off, the message is one of power and inner strength.
Again, I don’t think it can be said enough that solid rock music is a dying breed. Bands like Abel keep it alive and kicking. Kicking and screaming that is, into a new world of popularly styled rock music. So, no matter how you may be brought down, let Abel help you back up.