The Skinney| Posted May 21, 2009
The new independent group Awaken, North Wind! represents not only a fine up-and-coming alternative rock but so far already offers one of the years debuts in Doubt. What makes the indie album click are engaging lyrics and unforgettable tunes. The first song with lyrics, “Intentions”, is a solid ambient rock tune which is improved even more with low screeching guitars. The driving guitars in “Grace” make it a fine alternative track, and the incredible epic rock flair towards the end of the previously light “prayers” is spectacular. Even the instrumental title track has a truly haunting sound.
The ballads are usually a music treat also as Awaken, North Wind! blends the acoustic guitar and the piano well. The finale “Shadows” is a little bland but the smooth light tune of “Melody” is impressive. The marathon called “Afraid” mixes a verity of different styles together in the course of the 11+ minute song featuring some low, rough hard rock vocals. The bands approach to song writing is similar to Cool Hand Luke in that each song is well written and meaningful. With the exception of the angst and questioning approach shown in “Prayers” Doubt lifts God up in “Breathe” (‘there is a God who breathed inside of my lungs’) and throughout the course of the album. Those who are fans of ambient rock with fall in love with Awaken, North Wind! and believers will love the lyrics even more.