Love Is On the Move
At the tender age of 21, Leeland Mooring has established himself as one of Christian rock’s most conspicuous talents. As leader of Leeland, he confirms his stature once again with Love Is On the Move, an album combining unassailable craftsmanship with a genuine sense of mission. The band’s British prog-rock influences remain evident and Mooring’s crystalline voice — especially in its upper range — shows new control and refinement in these tracks. Songs like “The Door” and “Weak Man” are carried along by an escalating rhythmic pulse, while “Pure Bride” conveys its exalted vision with an ethereal arrangement. Mooring isn’t afraid to sing with a soft, even whispery edge — “Lift Your Eyes Up” and “Follow You” (featuring Brandon Heath on vocals) are luminous, almost genteel expressions of passionate faith. Love Is On the Move reaches its pinnacle on its title track, matching a plea for Christian compassion with a sweeping arrangement. Love Is On the Move is a spiritually and artistically mature statement by a band still burning with the urgency of youth.