26 April 2019 (released)
01 May 2019
for KING & COUNTRY may not be household names in the UK as yet, but having garnered comparisons to Coldplay, the multi-platinum, Grammy winning US based Australian sibling duo are an Arena-filling act in many territories. Their latest release burn the ships has already spawned the US #1 God Only Knows and Grammy nominated joy., with BBC Radio 2 having paid due attention to the latter, so is it just simply a matter of time before the band break the British big-time?
If there is any justice in this world, for KING & COUNTRY will follow firmly in the footsteps of the recently BBC Radio 2 playlisted Lauren Daigle to make the transition from US Christian artist to the British mainstream terrain. For although this is a duo with roots in their Christian faith, their sound and subject matter are not directly targeted to their faith base. This is an act that effortlessly transcends genre definition and faith clarification to really hit their listener at their very core.
With the album building on the personal nature of it's predecessor Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong., burn the ships distances itself from the folkier tones that the pair were well known for, to explore a more experimental pop sound. This is a record fuelled big bombastic anthems destined to move hearts, souls and feet within a stadium setting, while simultaneously sharing the most tender, moving and eloquent ballads you will have heard in far too long.
With themes of addiction, depression, anxiety and suicide all explored within the album's 11 tracks, the album is a surprisingly uplifting electro pop effort. While the album's closing track, Pioneers, which sees the brother's forming a flawless harmony group with their wives Moriah and Courtney, is without shadow of the doubt the record's shining glory, there is no denying that the Imagine Dragons' anthem God Only Knows and the Latin flair of Amen are songs that will become daily listens for anyone who hears them.
This is a glorious record that sees the duo raise the bar even higher. Buy it, stream it, download it. Whatever you do, just make sure you hear it!