STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 86556-16102 LABEL: EMI Christian Music Group 5099996717424 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-12-11 RRP: £1.99
Reviewed by Peter John Willoughby
It may seem that Kutless have a split personality; on the one hand they are a high energy rock band (inspired by Staind and Creed) and on the other they are a worship band. So why do they keep switching styles? If I was being cynical, I would say that they do the worship albums because they sell in far greater quantities. Actually they started out as a worship band and this has always been on their hearts. 'Strong Tower' justifiably received some harsh comments as it failed to deliver the punch that we had come to expect AND failed to stand out from the other contemporary worship artists. "It Is Well" opens with a clock bell chiming and an old fashioned choir heard in the distance, footsteps draw closer and there is a swell of gentle guitars. But wait until the next verse where they rock out! The same happens on "Amazed" with its gentle start before finding that power and energy needed to lift it. However, there are still some songs that seem to flounder, especially the uninspiring "God Of Wonders". This forms part of the mid-section of quieter and slower songs that seem to plod along. They pull one final rocker out of the bag with "You Save Me". But it just seems too little and too late. If you were expecting to find new interpretations of these classics, then I'm afraid you will be disappointed.
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