Jake

Army of Love

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Army of Love is the second offering by the trio of brothers known as Jake. On this release the band teeters between pop and boy-band fare. On the rock side, the title track starts off the disc with a bang. The tune features an infectious melody courtesy of a punchy guitar and a toe-tapping chorus that prominently gets the party started. "Crazy" is a cut that grooves. The tune offers a danceable rhythm with background vocals as tight as a drum. The main difference between Jake and other hot boy-band acts is that this band plays their own instruments and writes their own songs. With that said, Army of Love still has the vocal and production feel of a major boy-band act. "This Is Love" could have been plucked from the *NSYNC vaults. The cut is a mid-tempo ballad with lots of emotion that features electric and acoustic guitars that build the song to a pinnacle at the chorus. Along the same lines, "Now I See" is an example of lyrical and musical reverence. The band sings harmonies like schooled veterans. Army of Love is undoubtedly a disc that will receive multiple spins on Christian radio. There isn't any filler on the disc, only one solid cut after another. While there's no denying the pop appeal of the band, the boy-band label may be one that is hard to shake.