Review: for King & Country – Into the Silent Night EP

kingFresh off the recent release of their first live project, Hope Is What We Crave: Live, rising pop rockers for King & Country are delivering some holiday cheer a bit early to fans this year. The duo’s Into the Silent Night EP is an early, yet welcome addition to anyone’s Christmas collection, featuring two original tracks, one offered twice, in a studio and then live format, and two covers of classic Christmas hymns. And while two of the songs are “classics,” for King & Country do a fine job of making those songs all their own.

The EP kicks off with a rousing take on “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The arrangement is slick and smooth, the tandem’s vocals soaring throughout while rocking guitars, big, booming drums, and synth fills round out the track. It’s faithful to the melody but brings the track into the new millennium with ease. “Little Drummer Boy” is treated in similar fashion, a persistent guitar line urging the track forward while aptly huge drums press things even further. It’s got tinges of Coldplay and U2 scattered throughout and is a resolutely satisfying modernization of the old school carol.

Fans late to getting on the for King & Country bandwagon will be pleased to find the single, “Baby Boy,” included here, a single released last year, and it’s a great song. Busy with sound, layering vocals across a sonic template that’s heavy with keyboards, drums, and tasteful bell tones, the artists honor the season with a well-written track. The same can be said of “Into the Silent Night,” as it carries a sweetly romantic tone with it, rejoicing in an air of innocent love in the light of the season while surrounded by a pop-flavored soundscape. The EP is rounded out with a live delivery of “Baby Boy,” and, while it’s a nice inclusion to show the legitimate musicianship of the band, it really doesn’t contribute much new.

The Into the Silent Night EP is a welcome entry to the season, albeit a little early for some. Showcasing for King & Country’s signature sounds while embracing melodies old and new, the duo have crafted four quality songs that will no doubt find fans old and new pressing repeat this Christmas season.

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