Don't Go Away
Label: Essential Records
Leeland best their debut (a lofty goal) with this sophomore success full of rhythm, message and melody. The title track's only issue is that it ends abruptly, just as they hit an intensity that would make Coldplay shiver. "Brighter Days" has yesteryear Dylan magic, "Thief..." a brief Queen edge and "Enter..." is the guaranteed new worship fave. With an anthemic feel even on subtle tunes, the album delivers its multiple hits with the spiritual inspiration of Casting Crowns, the exacting rock savvy of Mute Math and a melodic sensibility unique to Leeland alone.