Strong Tower Review

artist: Kutless date: 05/03/2006 category: compact discs
Kutless: Strong Tower
Release Date: Mar 1, 2005
Label: Bec Recordings
Genres: CCM, Post-Grunge, Alternative CCM
Number Of Tracks: 13
It's a disc that praises their Creator with a rock slant that the band speaks eloquently.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 7.5
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overall: 9.3
Strong Tower Reviewed by: aquaknight3, on january 05, 2006
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Sound: I really like the sound of this new album. The first song "We Fall Down" really starts it off with a bang. The instruments are all so in tune with eachother and blend perfectly. I like that they used farmilliar tunes but I think they could have used more of their own songs like "All The Words." I'll give them thumbs up for their versions of them all; they sound awesome. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are wonderful. All about praising God, exactly what he deserves. Again, using common songs helps the "sing-along" feel and gets you excited about praising God. They help me a lot; I like to read the lyrics as I listen to them and try to get the full meaning of them. Very nice. // 10

Overall Impression: I don't know. I like this CD a lot, but as a whole, it's not their best. And it gets old fast. Probably because of the, once again, songs writen originally by other artists. I guess they have their pros and cons. Overall, very nice. Great addition to their records. I might not buy it again if I lost it, but I would buy it for a first time. // 8

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overall: 7.3
Strong Tower Reviewed by: dandesmond, on may 03, 2006
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Sound: This album was not one for high reviews. The reason for this was due to lack of originallity within the album and they only put 2 new songs onto this new CD. I agree, worship CDs from a rock band are not original, it has indeed been done before. But to be fair, some people can write good songs, and bands can perfect it. Skillet perfected the song "Shout To The Lord" and Kutless have done so with Strong Tower. Kutless have taken songs, older and newer and added that rock edge onto the CD. Done well. // 8

Lyrics: Now Jon Micca really can sing. He does that the Scott Stapp sound in his voice, but uses a bit more aggression and passion in my view. The thing about worship lyrics, is what is new? Musicially, worship lyrics shout out praises to Jesus, so are not new. However, on a Christian/worship point of view, they express love for Jesus perfectly. // 7

Overall Impression: 01. We Fall Down - a classic song, which Kutless did so much justice to. Great riffs, powerful vocals, good key to sing in too. 02. Finding Who We Are - an instant classic song. Quite medium in the tempo, but really cool song. 03. Take Me In - if Kutless perfected any song, it was this. Superb riffs, every note is spot on. Applause for Kutless. 04. Ready For You - quite a nice song, however a bit dry and repetative. 05. Draw Me Close - quite rocky and acousticy. Not a bad job done to this. 06. All Who Are Thirsty - not a huge amount different to what everyone has done. Not too bad though. 07. Better Is One Day - same as We Fall Down, Kutless have done justice to this Matt Redman classic. 08. All Of The Words - this was a dull song, even off of the Sea of Faces CD. Pointless really. 09. Strong Tower - the single, and lyrically powerful. Not stereotypical Kutless, but is very good. 10. Jesus, Lord Of Heaven - they really did justice on this one too. Instant classic. 11. I Lift My Eyes Up - this, unlike Strong Tower, is very stereotypcial Kutless. Drop D riff, you can either mosh to this or worship to it. 12. Word Of God Speak - another dry song from this CD. Musicially, this is not hugely exciting. 13. Arms Of Love - I can see why Kutless did this like they did, but it is not exciting. Avoid. Overall, Kutless have not done a bad job at all, but there are a lot of things they could have changed. Maybe next time boys. // 7

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