Leaving Eden (5:15)
Your Love (3:38)
The Light In Me (4:26)
Only Water (3:57)
Might Just Save Your Life (2:57)
It's Alright (3:41)
It's No Good To Be Alone (3:30)
Now More Than Ever (4:03)
The One (4:16)
As Long As I'm Here (4:22)
Brandon Heath probably should have received the most underrated artist of the year award when he burst on the scene in 2008. Sure his songs “Hello” and the smash hit “Give me your Eyes” got a ton of radio plays but No one was sure if he would stick around. Leaving Eden is Heath’s message to the Music industry, look out, I’m staying.
Musically Heath doesn’t branch out much for what he does. “Light in Me” almost sounds like “Give me Your Eyes” and may even use a similar if not the same beat. “Your Love” is interesting but falls short simply because it holds painfully true to Heath’s simplistic style. “only Water” Is probably the best composition on the album as it uses acoustic guitars and synths in almost perfect compliment. “Stolen” would make a great rock chart if it didn’t use the same pre-recorded drum track heard on previous tracks. “Might Just Save your Life” is probably the best track on the album being the only one that steps out of the proverbial box.
Once again Heath excels when it comes to lyrics. “Leaving Eden” is a very convicting opener about our apathy towards what’s going on in the world. (Feels like I’m leaving Eden, getting further away with each step I take, and I can’t go back”) “Stolen” is a song about the return of Christ and “Your Love” is a song about Heath’s personal Testimony. The almost worshipful “Only Water” speaks softly to the heart of the Christian “It’s Alright” is a song inspiring the listener with the words of Christ and His actions in our lives through stories from Christ’s life.
All in all Leaving Eden will tide fans over till the next Brandon Heath release and may be a good starting point to build on his flourishing career. Though at points it leaves you wanting in the end you will be content!
Record Label: Reunion Records
Album length: 11 tracks: 43 minutes, 43 seconds
Street Date: January 18, 2011