The Rising - Moving On
Four years have drifted by for most of us, but for Belfast's The Rising it has been a period of extreme highs and lows. Since releasing their Graham Norton championed debut album, Coming Home, the band have changed line-up twice, seen band members fall in and out of love, became parents and most poignant, nearly lost their founding member in a horrific accident.
Now the band are ready to be Moving On as a determined three-piece that consists of Chris Logan, Chantelle McAteer and Brian Mellors. Having teased their audience with the 2017 single Last First Love, the phenomenal response to recent single Rebound has shown that audiences are ready and patiently awaiting their sophomore record.
And they will be pleased to know that despite the numerous tribulations that band have faced, their musical output has only got stronger. With their sound having been previously more reliant on their rockier influences, Moving On sees the band draw on a wider range of influences which stretches across country, Blues, pop and even a little soul.
The fusion is a compelling one. The band have more than one story to tell and over the course of the record, they take their listener on a journey that offers more depth and insight with each listen. New vocalist McAteer is no doubt going to be hailed the music industry's new Wynonna, but boasts echoes of the equally impressive Sharleen Spiteri and most interestingly, kd lang. It is in the storytelling that her emotive delivery really shines, however she never feels the need to pull a Mariah, controlling her vocal so that the delivery is real without ever being overwrought.
Teamed with the truly skilful Logan and Mellors, the sound is rich, and while it has the occasional pop hook to draw the listener in Taylor Swift style, it manages the balance these with guitar solos that would make Brian May and Jimmy Page jealous.
While lead single Rebound is a clear stand out moment, other highlights include Yellow House and Forgive and Not Forget. However, as an album that is formed as a narrative, this is best enjoyed in the traditional method - pressing play and simply listening as it unfolds and entertains all your senses.
The Rising - Moving On, 4th August 2018, 9:15 AM