13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Saving Abel took its name from the biblical story of Cain and Abel, while the title of its third studio album, Bringing Down the Giant, references the David and Goliath story. Yet the Corinth, Miss., quintet doesn't classify itself as a Christian band. Of course this might be obvious after listening to the humorous post-grunge pop tune “Michael Jackson’s Jacket.” The opening title track snarls with a grungy attack that rocks as if the band members grew up layering flannels over thermals in the early '90s while identifying with the music coming out of the Pacific Northwest. “Amazing” displays sharper pop-based hooks, particularly in the chorus, where Jared Weeks’ slightly raspy voice sings contagiously catchy melodies. The band flirts with rustic Americana tones in the short instrumental “Pine Mountain (The Dance of the Poor Proud Man),” where banjo, mandolin, and jaw-harp provide a swampy feel. That sets the stage for “You Make Me Sick,” a muscled Southern rock standout that champions the heartland sound while offering lyrics that rail against the stereotypical redneck.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Saving Abel took its name from the biblical story of Cain and Abel, while the title of its third studio album, Bringing Down the Giant, references the David and Goliath story. Yet the Corinth, Miss., quintet doesn't classify itself as a Christian band. Of course this might be obvious after listening to the humorous post-grunge pop tune “Michael Jackson’s Jacket.” The opening title track snarls with a grungy attack that rocks as if the band members grew up layering flannels over thermals in the early '90s while identifying with the music coming out of the Pacific Northwest. “Amazing” displays sharper pop-based hooks, particularly in the chorus, where Jared Weeks’ slightly raspy voice sings contagiously catchy melodies. The band flirts with rustic Americana tones in the short instrumental “Pine Mountain (The Dance of the Poor Proud Man),” where banjo, mandolin, and jaw-harp provide a swampy feel. That sets the stage for “You Make Me Sick,” a muscled Southern rock standout that champions the heartland sound while offering lyrics that rail against the stereotypical redneck.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

Valhallacqc ,

Better than their last

Not as good as their first

BeantownFan2 ,

Most mature sounding album yet!

First album had some hits, could listen whole way through and enjoy it. Second album, don't know what happened..seemed like it was just pushed out there. This album, the songs are mature with great lyrics, melodies, and stories, and they grow on you. The background vocals by Drew Deprey are awesome in a lot of the songs. Looked him up on facebook and his solo songs are great! Keep it up S.A.! This album is going to be the turning point for you dudes! \m/

Bob1894 ,

Giant goes down, thumbs go up.

Being a Saving Abel fan from their first album, I have always loved the style this band chooses to go with. Miss America left me a little disappointed, but this album redeemed the band and any true Saving Abel fan will love this album from start to finish.

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