Kutless - Surrender

Published Saturday 18th February 2017
Kutless - Surrender
Kutless - Surrender

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 160549-21563
LABEL: BEC Recordings

Reviewed by Ian Webber

The path walked by this Portland, Oregon-based veteran outfit has been somewhat schizophrenic at times. Appearing on the Christian music scene in 1999 they were seen as a talented post grunge rock outfit, only to return to their roots in more recent years as a more CCM worship orientated act. One thing that has been consistent throughout their incarnations has been their ability to bring classy sounding guitars and sumptuous depth to their recordings. On this outing they have teamed up with Aaron Sprinkle to produce probably their most rocky CD since the classic 'Hearts Of The Innocent'. The opener, "Tear It Up", is an excellent example of driving rock with grunge undertones that is supported by an expansive drum rhythm. There are still a few cuts that sound like they originated on a worship album, but even the weakest of these are underpinned by the warm, luxurious and distinctive vocals of Jon Micah Sumrall. "Love Comes Crashing Down" features some effortless bass runs that further highlight the musical skills of this bunch. Stronger tracks include "Overcome" with its metronomic down-stroke guitar intro and the more reflective, moody "Not Too Far" with its lyrical take on how close God is to us. Saving the best till last, "My Heart Is A Ghost" mixes brooding washes of guitars with strong lyrical intrigue to underline that these classic rockers still have much to offer, completing a well-produced and surprisingly pleasant listen.

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