One thing that always stands out to me when I listen to Christian music is the actual depth that the music holds, as opposed to mainstream music. We can hear the same thing about God and the way He affects our lives multiple times, but it always seems that there is a new and fresh perspective to gain. This was one of the first thoughts that came to me when listening to City Harbor. Debuting duo City Harbor gives new perspective, encouragement and a refreshing sound to a weary heart. Both The melodies of their music and the blend of instruments gives off a sound of newness. Also, the voices of Molly Reed and Robby Earle (who make up City Harbor) blend well, harmonizing and singing at the perfect moments for the right lyrics.
Hope permeates the very core of this self-titled project. Each lyric is written in an everyday language that the listener is able to truly relate to. Whether it’s someone who’s going through a hard time; someone who is feeling like God can’t accept them because of past deeds; the suffering we see going on consistently around us, there is a song on here for all.
“Come however you are/Come with all your heartbreaks/Come with all the mistakes you’ve made/Lay them down at the cross/Give them to the God who loves you” –Come However You Are
“Somebody tell them that the lost are saved/Somebody tell them that the debt’s been paid/That love is calling out their name/Somebody tell them that they’re a child of the King/and there’s an end to the suffering/a hope that never fades through grace that’s made a way” –Somebody Tell Them
“Sometimes the days go by and I start to wonder what things we’ve done/Why we have to suffer/I don’t understand it in heart/But I know that You walk alongside us/And I hold on to things You’ve promised us/This world will put up a fight/But You’ve conquered/Whatever comes in my life/Your love still wins” –Your Love Still Wins
“Take the wounds and the weight/Every layer that you wear/And just leave it here/Which you’ve heard in your heart/Every burden that you bear/Just leave it here” –Leave It Here
Although striking chords within the heart, it doesn’t necessarily stand out as a project that might go on to win tons of awards (of which I’m sure is not the point of the album); however, City Harbor’s debut is very consistent from beginning to end. It is a solid debut and this duo has the ability to go far. The lyrics are simple, but impacting. The album is consistent lyrically and musically. It’s uplifting message after uplifting message, and that’s what makes this album. The message.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Label: Sparrow Records
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes
1. Like I Am
2. Come However You Are
3. I Still Believe
4. Lift It Up
5. Somebody Tell Them
6. I Will Rest
8. Your Love Still Wins
9. You're There
10. Leave It Here