Skillet - Awake

Published Monday 26th October 2009
Skillet - Awake
Skillet - Awake

STYLE: Rock
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82480-15820
LABEL: Fair Trade Services 766887255420
FORMAT: CD Album
RELEASE DATE: 2009-08-24
PRICE: £9.99

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Reviewed by Mark Sherwood

Skillet have been around since the late '90s and have gone through some personnel changes, but have been clever enough to modify and evolve their sound over the years. As an example of this catch the string arrangements counter-pointing all those biting guitars on some tracks here. This of course is the followup (discounting a live set) to the band's hugely successful 'Comatose'. First impressions are that it sounds a bit like 'Comatose Part 2'. Some cuts here sound almost like a continuation of the aforementioned disc. Some might view this as a bad thing or you could view it as they still had more to say. 19 year old Jan Ledger, the band's new drummer from the UK, also joins Korey Cooper on backing vocals this time and does a good job. The album kicks off with the two best songs on the album "Hero" and "Monster" which are prety awesome. The first track blasts off the album at high speed asking for "a hero to save my life" - and it's obvious who THAT is! Then comes perhaps the best track on the disc, "Monster" which has a killer hook, a cool video (not on the album) and deals with our struggle with sin in a new and unique way. The only criticism is that sometimes the weaker songs sound too much like the weaker songs on 'Comatose'. Lyrically the songs touch on faith and human love and broken relationships which is a trend from their previous release. There are really good songs here which make it worth getting but there are a few fillers that made me reach for the skip button after a few listens.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Hero [Listen]
2. Monster [Listen]
3. Donít Wake Me [Listen]
4. Awake And Alive [Listen]
5. One Day Too Late [Listen]
6. Itís Not Me Itís You [Listen]
7. Shouldíve When You Couldíve [Listen]
8. Believe [Listen]
9. Forgiven [Listen]
10. Sometimes [Listen]
11. Never Surrender [Listen]
12. Lucy [Listen]

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Product Description
One of Christian musicís top-selling rock bands, Skillet returns with their latest recording capturing the raw energy and multitextured sonic landscape for which they have become known.

A mixture of dissonant chords, anthemic builds and memorable vocal interpretation combine to form a progressive, yet classic rock-influenced sound thatís all their own.

Skilletís straightforward message and innovative sound has garnered the band an avid fan base.

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