The Letter Black
Hanging On By A Thread


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
May 5th, 2011 | 28 replies | 6,797 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: you can't repel hard rock of this magnitude.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Does it come as any surprise that this is a good album? Christian music is so typically focused on producing hard rock that you can guess what an album is going to sound like before you listen to it. This album is entirely predictable. The band sounds like a combination, of Decyfer Down, Skillet, Fireflight, and Disciple (all Christian bands), so you can tell that The Letter Black are playing it safe. The end question is whether or not The Letter Black’s Hanging On By A Thread can excite musical consumers when they’ve heard the same thing so many times before. Offhand, I would say that this band can do just that, despite what you may believe they are incapable of doing.

Although it sounds like Hanging On By A Thread is going to be an extremely boring or forgettable album, that is the opposite of true. Thanks to the extremely energetic presence of the chick singer, Sarah Anthony, the album rocks hard. Both on stage and in the album, her performance is fiery and passionate – she is a force to be reckoned with. With her strong vocals and cheerfulness, the band is completely believable as a Christian group, and that is certainly good. Now while it’s nice to have such a great lead singer, it’s also nice that their backup singer is proficient. Mark Anthony can hold his own as the band’s second vocalist, in fact, he could become quite a convincing lead singer if Sarah ever had to leave the band. Together, they form one of the better male/female duos in recent memory, which is a probably a good sign for their marriage.

Unfortunately, despite the strengths of the album, the band still has much to improve upon. The songwriting is subpar, and although there are strong choruses aplenty, weaknesses are still easily noticed. For instance, the pace of the lyrics often clash with the pace of the music itself, resulting in awkward moments. When this happens, much attention is brought to the lyrics, and this is problematic because the lyrics are weak. They are angst-ridden, definitely not poetic, and this brings the album down quite a few notches. The passion is still there, but it’s a shame that the lyrics don’t match up.

Despite the album’s occasional flaws, the positives outweigh the negatives. The songs are loud, aggressive, catchy, and most importantly, a pile of fun. The Letter Black may not have a truly unique sound yet, but as for now, it doesn’t matter that much. They can rock just as hard as the top Christian rock bands, if not harder sometimes. When looking for an album to pass the time with, Hanging On By A Thread can be a fun solution.



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tiesthatbind
May 5th 2011



7373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rules. Great review dude, pretty much spot on to how I feel about this.

pizzamachine
May 5th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks ties. I actually bought this album somewhat recently.

Acanthus
May 5th 2011



9537 Comments


Nice review, some of the bands listed had some great singles at the time.

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marshal46
May 5th 2011



15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review; I just bought this album a few weeks ago and was thinking of writing a review myself...definitely agreed...band really doesn't do much original, but somehow it just works...

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2011



6986 Comments


Watch out 200. Here comes Pizza. Pos

Eko
May 5th 2011



2119 Comments


I've heard like two songs from this and they were mediocre. Have a pos anyways.

Willie
Moderator
May 6th 2011



15898 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album. Good review. Congrats on breaking 100.

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2011



7163 Comments


Irving see. Irving like. Irving pos.

Irving heart.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2011



6986 Comments


Sigh our Irving just went gorilla learning English. Good to see that he is in love though.

Tyrael
May 6th 2011



20797 Comments


Great review Pizza. Pos.

melgosa41
May 6th 2011



93 Comments


I love this album and agree with most of the things you said, but I could not dig your wording of the review.

pizzamachine
May 6th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks all! Melgosa, what do you mean you couldn't dig my wording? Did you neg my review just because of that?

Emim
May 6th 2011



26570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Such a good album.

Dunno who negged, but they're an idiot and I shall pos

pizzamachine
May 6th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha thanks Emim, these ghost negs are disheartening.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2011



6986 Comments


They are a pain in the ass, report them. It is undeserved.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 12th 2011



10592 Comments


My friend is playing a show with them. The name of the band "The Letter Black," as well as their tour name, "The Fire with Fire" makes me think this will be incredibly cheesy.

pizzamachine
May 12th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's not *that* cheesy, maybe a bit silly I guess. They're pretty great live.

Emim
May 12th 2011



26570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I get it.....cheesy......cause you're a pizzamachine......

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 12th 2011



10592 Comments


haha

pizzamachine
May 12th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bingo ;)



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