VIP by Manic Drive

A decade in and Manic Drive is further down the road towards electronic pop from their roots of guitar driven rock. It’s up to you to decide if you like that change.

by Manic Drive
Bema Media LLC
October 2014

A quick listen through and you’ll find a band that sounds just like modern secular electronic pop bands. Full of rythm and electronic noise with boy band vocals. Fans of modern pop will find a home here with fast paced songs that sound nearly the same throughout. For those of us who aren’t big fans of pop and are looking for rocky music more in alignment with Reset and Rewing (2007) – when they were touring with rock bands like Seventh Day Slumber and Fireflight or even after that album was re-released as Blue (2008) and they toured with Styper! – you won’t find what you’re looking for here. This is all pop all the time.

But that’s not a bad thing. For Christians looking for something pop-like without losing the message VIP fills the gap and it picks up right where Epic (2011) left off. Fun, energetic music with a message.

There are the occassional ballad-like songs where the music gets lower and slower if only for a minute. Think of Street Lights or I Hide You Seek. For my money, I fully expect that if any songs from this album get picked up by local Christian music stations they’ll be playing Song to Sing and or especialy Fire, which fits the bill of easy listening for a broad audience, while holding on to a storng message with a catchy hook. It;s probably my favorite from this album. It also strongly reminds – lyrically, not musically – of Ellie Goudling’s Burn with the constant refrain in the chorus.

It’s worth a listen for pop fans.

Thanks to Flyby Promotions and the producers we have a CD giveaway! Giveaway closes 11/13/2014 at midnight!

Congratulations to J. Freyenhagen of Owens Crossroads, AL for winning a copy of this CD.

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This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.