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Mercy AllianceWashington DC-based band The Mercy Alliance is led by singer-songwriter Joe Rathbone. Putting together a sound of melodic rock and roll, Rathbone is joined by several musicians who helped to bring his sound to life; included in the musicians who helped flesh out the music for The Mercy Alliance is drummers David Lopez and Steve Bowman, bassist Brad Jones, and David Henry on strings. Together, the musicians create an ever-changing style of rock and roll that will satisfy any lover of the genre. The Mercy Alliance just recently released their new album Some Kind of Beautiful Story.

Some Kind of Beautiful Story from The Mercy Alliance begins with the track “Washington”. The song has an easy “pop” like approach to the rock and roll. The resulting sound of the song is very infectious and the lyrics could easily get the listener to sing along with the track. The track features an easy driving feel to the music which goes right along with the lyrics about travelling across Washington.

Once “Washington” comes to an end, the album continues with the song “Angel of Mercy”. Taking much of the same feel from the track “Washington,” “Angel of Mercy” has a sound and feel that has a lot of “pop” feel to the music. With “Angel of Mercy,” a slightly harder musical approach comes out. The “title track” of the album starts off with an easy acoustic sound that will remind some of “Take a Picture” from the band Filter for a few seconds before the track goes in a stronger direction and picks up a lot of energy. The resulting track has sound that is very commercially appealing.

While the first two tracks on Some Kind of Beautiful Story, the new release from The Mercy Alliance, have a modern-day feel to them, the track “All for the Love of You” finds the band taking a different approach to their sound. With a sound that brings the guitar out to the forefront, “All for the Love of You” takes The Mercy Alliance’s sound back into the nineties as the band creates a track that will remind people of bands like Weezer and other bands at that time who were creating music that would be played on Alternative radio formats. The music and the lyrics of “All for the Love of You” will definitely take you back in time.

The three-part harmony in the vocals on the track “Moving in Time” once again takes the music of The Mercy Alliance in a “retro” musical direction. The vocals mixed with the slightly psychedelic keyboard sound takes the music of the band and seemingly transport it back into the sixties. The blend of the different musical elements produces a track that sets it apart from the rest of the album as it clearly seems from another place in time.

Some Kind of Beautiful Story from The Mercy Alliance continues with the track “This is How They Know”. With the strings provided by David Henry, the track is one track that stands alone from the rest of the album. The inclusion of strings on the song takes the band’s music in a musical direction that truly lives up to the band’s musical description of “melodic indie rock”. And the lyrics on the song also add a little emotion to the track. The emotional aspect along with the inclusion of strings helps to create a track that is quite different than the rest of the release.

One of the most rockin’ tracks is the song “Libertine”. The band creates one of the best rock tracks in an era where many musicians are going in a more “pop” music direction. The track of “Libertine” proves that The Mercy Alliance can rock out if given the chance.

The new album of Some Kind of Beautiful Story from The Mercy Alliance changes directions from one song to the next. Because of that, the album features a lot of different sounds throughout the albums 9 tracks. As you listen, the different musical styles blend together to create a very entertaining 38 minutes of musical pleasure. With Some Kind of Beautiful Story singer-songwriter Joe Rathbone and The Mercy Alliance easily creates one of the best albums of the year.

To discover the music of The Mercy Alliance, check out their video to the song “Washington” HERE.

Reviewer: Matheson Kamin
Rating: **** (four stars)