Number 23 on the Top 40 albums countdown is Fight the Tide by Sanctus Real. Released in 2004, I believe this record to be the epitome of what modern rock is supposed to sound like. UN-subtle, UN-urbane, UN-soft: music powered by two guitars, bass, and drums accompanying some of the best rock vocals you will ever hear from singer, Matt Hammitt.
Additionally, it has the coveted “album factor” where each song unmistakable belongs on the record without any two songs sounding exactly alike. Sanctus Real attributes this albums’ cohesion to the fact that the entire record was written and recorded over the span of two months allowing the group to focus intensely on the project. And, if I do say so myself, the focus and energy put into this record certainly shows. The guitar tones are fantastic. The lyrics are, if not momentous, honest and deal in daily struggles and victories. The songs include carefully constructed melodies supported by some surprising moments of harmonic depth for a rock ‘n’ roll record. And may I mention once again that it is truly a pleasure to listen to the range of Hammitt’s voice from the most powerful and gravely tenor notes to the wonderfully sensitive falsetto moments sprinkled throughout.
Now, to the music. I give you, the distinguished consumer of this blog post, the opening three tracks of Fight the Tide.
1. Everything About You – One of my absolute favorite worship songs with some of the most glorifying Hallelujah’s ever recorded
2. The Fight Song – I can never get over how perfect his guitar tone is
3. Alone – A love song that packs quite a rock ‘n’ roll punch as well as including the album title lyric
There you have it! Number 23 on the countdown is Fight the Tide by Sanctus Real! In case you are interested in the other installments of the countdown, here are some rather handy links (I made them with my own two hands and one computer).
25. Queen by Queen
As promised, number 22 will be posted tomorrow, then we will be back on schedule for the thrilling conclusion to the countdown the last week of December! Have an excellent day, and report back here tomorrow for number 22!