11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

X Ambassadors experienced some false starts prior to the release of their second album, ORION. The Ithaca, New York, trio had completed a collection of songs before deciding to scrap them and start over, as they thought the soulful, pop-leaning sound they were pursuing took after 2015’s breakthrough album VHS. One of the songs that survived those recordings was 2018’s “Joyful,” a stand-alone single where frontman Sam Harris carries forward the album’s main theme: how to persevere through the darkest of times. Their change of plans was also a blessing in disguise, as it allowed Harris to regain his confidence (and feel like he didn’t have to match the massive success of singles like “Unsteady” and “Renegades”).

The genre-hopping ORION focuses on Harris’ stories, most of which are drawn from life experiences—he shows an appreciation for those who have to hustle every day over a gritty hip-hop groove on “QUICKSAND,” while on “HEY CHILD,” he writes a loving open letter to an old friend over a bluesy, Imagine Dragons-like stomp. He taps into his spiritual side on the organ-led “I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PRAY,” where he questions why bad things happen to good people. “HOLD YOU DOWN” is purposeful and life-affirming, a song about protecting each other that demonstrates how Harris shows his commitment to others over himself.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

X Ambassadors experienced some false starts prior to the release of their second album, ORION. The Ithaca, New York, trio had completed a collection of songs before deciding to scrap them and start over, as they thought the soulful, pop-leaning sound they were pursuing took after 2015’s breakthrough album VHS. One of the songs that survived those recordings was 2018’s “Joyful,” a stand-alone single where frontman Sam Harris carries forward the album’s main theme: how to persevere through the darkest of times. Their change of plans was also a blessing in disguise, as it allowed Harris to regain his confidence (and feel like he didn’t have to match the massive success of singles like “Unsteady” and “Renegades”).

The genre-hopping ORION focuses on Harris’ stories, most of which are drawn from life experiences—he shows an appreciation for those who have to hustle every day over a gritty hip-hop groove on “QUICKSAND,” while on “HEY CHILD,” he writes a loving open letter to an old friend over a bluesy, Imagine Dragons-like stomp. He taps into his spiritual side on the organ-led “I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PRAY,” where he questions why bad things happen to good people. “HOLD YOU DOWN” is purposeful and life-affirming, a song about protecting each other that demonstrates how Harris shows his commitment to others over himself.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Travo60 ,

Orion

The over all mood of the album seems like Sam Harris experienced a traumatic heart break, which I now speculate attributed to the delayed release. It’s a good album, though for me it’s missing some “funk” or “soul”. While touring they previewed songs such as “happy home”, etc which would of added to the mentioned funk/soul I am longing for out of Sam’s talented and vastly ranged voice. Unfortunately those songs didn’t make the final cut, deluxe version?! Can’t go wrong with x ambassadors!

Mgpfan84 ,

Simply Amazing

While the entire album is only 35 minutes long, each song has a way of being relatable, and catchy. Fresh sounds, and gripping lyrics. This is an album that will be on repeat for a while to come.

oooolakalaka ,

Uhhh..errrr....

horrible, tinny, over-produced, trashy sound. maybe they should write a book about wandering off the road of success. eeeesh. I'll pass.

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