Who Should Buy This: Alternative fans who have a sense of humor, enjoy philosophy, and don’t mind the occasional “the Lord is good” (Though to be perfectly honest, I was 🙄 at that part, and I still love the album. It only happens once. There are a lot of other religious references, but they are far more artistic and fit well within the musical narrative imho.)
Album: Only the Lonely
Artist: Colony House
Genre: alternative, pop, rock
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Sounds Like: COIN, Kodaline, NEEDTOBREATHE, Young the Giant
Best thing About this Album: Attention to detail and dedication to creating a cohesive atmosphere throughout the album.
One thing I wish was different: This is probs an unpopular opinion, but I really dislike “You Know It”. Too much repetition and not enough writing for my taste.
Website: Colony House
Favorites: Cannot Do This Alone, Lonely, You & I, Remembered For, Beautiful Life
Singles: Lonely, You & I, You Know It, This Beautiful Life
Parental Guidance: Religious references throughout (not specific), and “3:20” has a faux swear with the lines: “I act like this. You act like — Shhh!”
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
Playing off of the more grunge, atmospheric side of their sound, this album bridges beautifully from their last album with a little easter egg in the first track for their hardcore fans, alluding to “When I Was Younger”. Continuity is a big deal throughout this album, with interesting and thoughtful track transitions and a very purposeful sense of presence in some fairly experimental sound effects. That being said, it still stays very true to their established musical identity of alternative rock with some contemporary christian pop influence sprinkled throughout.
Lyrically, we get beautiful range in this album with an amazing mix of grooving frivolity and slower depth of contemplation. We wax nostalgic, poetic, philosophical, and get just plain silly at times. Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better sample of the whole album!
“Don’t let my heart become the one and the only.” — Cannot Do This Alone
“It’s not a puzzle to uncover, just the life that we live.” — 1234
“Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who ever felt alone.” — Lonely
“I’m not scared of fighting. I’m just a little bit over this conversation.” — You & I
“This is where your father’s been, and where you’re gonna go.” — Where Your Father’s Been
“We’ll be back before you know it.” — You Know It
“I’ve got nothing but love for the dreamers. Nothing but heart for the cold. This one’s not for the overachievers, but goes out to the wallflower soul.” — 3:20
“When I look in the mirror, I think I see someone else there to blame.” — Was It Me
*dramatic atmosphere* — This Road
“She’s steady with nothing to prove. The wind blows. The house doesn’t move.” — I Want It All
“Give me shelter. Give me light. Follow me down. Don’t let me drown.” — Follow Me Down
“I hope they’ll know how hard I’ve tried to live in love. To live in depth. Let wonder take away my breath.” — Remembered For
“All that I know, all that I see, all that I feel inside of me, all that I’ve done, all that I’ve tried, there must be more to this beautiful life.” — This Beautiful Life
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting Colony House by purchasing the album from their website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.