“You’ll walk away from the grave of your sorrows.” What a line. So simple, yet conveys so much. This is found in “You’re Gonna Rise,” one of the many inspiring tracks off of Manafest’s new album, Stones. This song stuck out though, maybe because it was the most surprising. Not only does it tell us we never need to carry our baggage (that it’s a choice), but it does so with the air of a summer anthem.
The rest of the album, like much of Manafest’s music in the past, has a great underlying sanguine quality to it. It’s almost a call to arms to remind us we are better than the problems that plague us, and to realize how we act in these situations is what speaks to those around us.
Songs like “Firestarter” invite us to band together to “make the world light-up.” “Amplifier” is another anthem track about magnifying love. The titular track “Stones” says we’re capable of being more than what our critics think, and it stands strong for us and who we are. These tracks build an album that ultimately feels like it’s out to make us better people, to think of those around us, and to build up our character.
This is an album I can rock out to with my kids in the car, fists in the air, all without a care in the world. These are all admirable traits and quite frankly, make for a refreshing take on what rock and roll can be. It can ask more of you. It can inspire. It can have a great time doing it too.
Stones is Manifest’s ninth full length studio album since his freshman debut My Own Thing almost 15 years ago, and it is his first pure rock album since 2012’s Fighter. Stones is out now to purchase or stream.