The Neverclaim

The Neverclaim

This Christian sextet’s self-titled major-label debut is laden with galvanizing melodies and reverent lyrics, delivered by the group with a collective fervor that fairly demands a full-throated amen. Frontman Jeremiah Carlson is gifted with an assertive vocal presence, framed by colorful instrumentation that lays banjos and mandolins over a sturdy rhythmic base. Josh Anderson’s slide guitar is especially crucial in giving the album a brawny, arena-shaking edge. “Revival,” “Burn," and “Steal Their Hearts” smolder with a blend of rootsy rock and backwoods gospel elements, letting Carlson take the role of a fiery country preacher laying down the Word. The band balances its rockier moments with piano-centered tracks like “One Truth One Life” and galloping Mumford & Sons–style folk tunes like “My Soul Longs.” “Pearl of Great Price” and “Be Lifted Higher” successfully translate The Neverclaim’s sonic intensity to a worship-ballad setting. Lindsay McCaul lends her honeyed tones to the expansive, hymn-like closer “Enthroned on High (Holy, Holy, Holy).”

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