STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 29621-13337 LABEL: Tooth & Nail 094638824725 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-10-05 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Tom Whitman
The title track of the latest from the Canadian rapcore team kicks off the album with aplomb, the driving bass very much in the foreground. Aggressive passionate anthems provide the focus for their material, with punchy verses and string-laden sing-a-long choruses. Lines like "We are the new tomorrow" help to explain their great popularity amongst America's youth, hope for the future resonating loudly. "New Drug" is very much influenced by Linkin Park, showing that TFK retain some of their earlier nu-metal beginnings, but at the other extreme the ballad "What Do We Know" utilises a children's choir to great effect, but leaves the listener wondering if this can be the same band. Just as I start to wonder whether they can mix the dual sensibilities of pop and hard rock without producing separate songs, they begin to deliver on this front. A dirty basement sounding rhythmic section opens the anthemic "My Home", as singer Josh enters Kurt Cobain vocal territory on the next track. Unfortunately the rest of the album washes over with their generic hard rock sound. Their popularity on the Christian rock scene can be fully understood, yet for me Thousand Foot Krutch are almost too generic to be truly exciting. They play like a band breaking out, but they haven't arrived at brilliance yet.
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