"Give It All" opens the album with a rock anthem that is the heaviest track here. The title track gives a better flavor of the sound of the album, driven by clean cut guitars and complemented by active drums. These two tracks, and "Jesus Alone," lean heavily on evangelism. Starting with "Heaven's Fading," the message becomes more testimonial. The second half of the record proves to be strong with "Let it Down," "Gone My Own Way" and "There He Lied."
There's plenty of potential in this band and album and Gone Without Warning taps most of it. The musicianship is strong and the hooks within each song are catchy and linger with the listener. The lyrics are good, although they could use some polishing. Some of the songs could have been trimmed down and made tighter by shedding some fat as well. Turner has a big range and he nimbly slides up and down in octaves, sometimes to good effect and sometimes otherwise. In general, the production quality definitely makes this feel like an indie release, with the mix sounding hollow at times like they needed keys in the background to fill out the sound.
Gone Without Warning has their heart in the right place and are on a good trajectory. They hearken back to the days when rock bands played rock music and weren't afraid to jam. They have room to grow and I would expect the next release to be better all around. Until then, Lay Your Life on Me turns in a good record that should scratch the itch of anyone looking for a throw-back indie rock band.- Review date: 4/29/18, written by John Underdown of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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