Satellites & Sirens
Rating: 3/5 stars
For fans of Hillsong United, OneRepublic and Paper Route, Satellites & Sirens’ latest album, One Noise, packs high-energy worship, pop and rock into a dozen dance-ready tracks.
First radio single “Jump Start My Heart” provides proof of the band’s high-octane vitality fueling singable lyrics. Hawk Nelson frontman Jonathan Steingard co-wrote and produced multiple tracks, leaving his indelible mark on the album’s hookiest cuts, like the memorable “Magnetic,” appropriately titled since the chorus instantly draws listeners in. He also lends his vocals to “Breakthrough,” easily one of the most radio-friendly offerings with its smooth mix of R&B and pop Justin Timberlake-style. Closer “United Kingdom” proves a fitting finale, inviting believers to unite under the banner of Christ with co-writing credits courtesy of Building 429’s Jason Roy.
Even on the more worshipful cuts, the tempo rarely slows. Vertical lyrics continue to be backed by heavy doses of drums and guitars, but don’t be fooled by the intelligent sonic sounds. The lyrics are equally as perceptive. On “Our God Is Able,” lead vocalist Geoff Hunker sings, “You are the God of life/ You are the God of death/ No power against can stand/ Our God is able.” Then, on stand-out “You Traded Heaven,” this line rings true: “You traded heaven to be with us/ A crimeless death that won our hearts…”
While the band hasn’t quite perfected the tedious blend of gut-wrenching lyrics and emotive melodies like their peers in Hillsong United, with One Noise, Satellites & Sirens becomes a serious contender in the game of high-quality atmospheric rock.
Download One Noise from iTunes here.
This review was first published in Living Light News.