The Valley

 

Eisley

 

Equal Vision Records

 

Listener Appeal: Teens and Young Adults

 

Genre: Pop

 

I was very excited to get this third full length album by the veteran indie Christian band Eisley. I’ve been a fan of their music for several years, and The Valley does not disappoint.

 

This one starts off with 2 very catchy songs. The first, “The Valley” stays true to the band’s pop roots and was featured on their Fire Kite EP. The second song “Smarter” is more in tune with the feel of the record. While still having a poppy sound, it has a darker, more thoughtful edge. A lot of the songs written for this album were borne out of the struggles of lost love, divorce, and professional splits with the band’s old record company. The song “Sad” is one that says it all with its name. It beautifully chronicles feelings of sadness in the brokenness.

 

While there are plenty of “sad parts” in the songs, there is always an idea of redemption and new life being available. This family band consisting of the 3 DuPree sisters Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy, their brother Weston, and their cousin Garron. Once again, they have come out with another great album. I’d encourage parents to listen to this one along with their kids—and to talk about it afterward. But one warning: If you’re looking for more shallow songs about trolley cars in the woods, the heavy lyrical content here might not be what you are looking for.

 

Let’s Talk About It:

 

If your family members are interested in this music, then encourage discussion about it afterward. You can use these questions to get started:

 

• Do you know someone who has gone through divorce? How has it affected their lives?

 

• Why is it important to stay true to your faith in times of trouble?

 

--TN

 

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