Lonely The Brave are becoming one of the biggest names in the UK at the moment, with their anthemic, stadium-level rock reverberating through the hearts of many. Their debut album The Day’s War brought a hugely deserved lift to their career in 2014, and was followed with an ambitious re-release the following war, The Day’s War: Victory Edition. Now, Lonely The Brave are just days away from releasing their hugely anticipated second album Things Will Matter.
Things Will Matter begins with a slow, minimalistic track by the name of Wait In The Car, which builds the anticipation before it bubbles over into Black Mire, one of the singles released for the album. Black Mire excellently demonstrates the style of the album, with soaring vocals layed over intricate guitar riffs and reserved drum beats. At this point, it might seem that Things Will Matter is set to be more refined than The Day’s War, lacking the same anthemic apssion, but this is surely not the case.
Rattlesnakes opens up a more familiar Lonely The Brave vibe, as David Jakes’ powerful voice rings out from the off. The guitar work is noticeably exquisite, though the same can be said for the album as a whole. Diamond Days returns to the relaxed, atmospheric vibe that pervades the album. The songwriting that has gone towards this polished and reserved masterpiece is impressive.
Dust & Bones is a highlight of the album. Just past halfway, it is a pillar of strength that lays the foundations for the album close. The second half of the album is certainly closer to The Day’s War, and probably the more enjoyable half of the album for most, without detracting from the former in any way. Radar is equally as strong, and will shake the grounds of any stage the band play.
Tank Wave is the only song on the album which is slightly lacklustre, and may suffer from it’s placement. Following two of the most powerful songs on the album, Tank Wave struggles to continue the energy, even in a more reserved style. Stranger Like I finds the right pace again to herald the end of the album with some of the same nostalgic fervour that powered The Days’s War.
Boxes slightly fails to bring anything new to the table. The style that seeped through the first half of the album was new then, but having had a taste of greatness in some of the later songs, it’s a shame to return to it here. Things Will Matter comes to an end with mixed feelings in Jaws of Hell. The slow build to the climax of the song is one of the most enjoyable sections of music on the album, inspiringly strong and the outro on the album is simply stunning.
Things Will Matter is an excellent album. It is, in fact, a sympton of it’s own success. Through the first half of the album, each song is succeeded and improved by the subsequent songs. Yet, when Dust & Bones and Radar hit, it’s hard not to become aware of what you’ve been missing. The atmospheric sections of the album are something special, but when Lonely The Brave hit their anthemic rock stride, they’re on another level entirely. A hugely enjoyable one, but one with a few disappointing song choices.