Awake review by Skillet

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  • Released: Aug 25, 2009
  • Sound: 6
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 6.7 Neat
  • Users' score: 8.9 (114 votes)
Skillet: Awake

Sound — 6
Skillet's most recent album, "Awake", had high expectations in my eyes after "Comatose" was released and unfortunately, it didn't meet those expectations. The power that Skillet usually has in their cds was lacking in this one. The drums were not as flashy with Jen as they were with their old drummer. This album has about twice as many slow ballad songs as "Comatose" did and that really brings the album down.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics were definately more passionate and detailed than the other Skillet albums, but can be a little cheesy with those such has "it's not me, it's you". John still hasn't disappointed me as a singer because he has the deep voice of a bass but still shows the power of a tenor, who can hit those high notes without straining, I guess. Now, I know it's not his real voice, but the grunt in "Monster" was not only different, but it really showed Skillet's diversity. If John could do that with his real voice, then that would open up many other doors for Skillet to come. The usage of Jen as a singer in this album could easily be noticed as a difference in her sound. In "Hero", she is the female singer and, personally, I think her voice is a little annoying and I wouldn't ike to hear her anymore than I need to in cds to come.

Overall Impression — 6
"Awake" didn't meet the expectations I had for this CD because of past cds' performances. The only powerful rock songs in "Awake and Alve" were their two singles, "Monster and "Hero", "Awake and Alive", which is like the new "Comatose", maybe "It's Not Me It's You" and maybe "Sometimes". That's 5 out of 12 songs on a cd... that small amount doesn't cut it for me in that category. The one slow song that really impressed me was "Lucy", with its good usage of the piano and descriptive lyrics. If this album was to somehow disappear from my CD stash, I don't think I would buy it again. If you're looking for this album and you're a Skillet fan, go buy it. But if you're a person trying to become a Skillet fan, this is not the CD to start to like Skillet. Go get "Collide" or "Comatose", which are both better than "Awake".

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    Being that my band AFTERLIFE, is based on Skillet. I was hardcore anticipating to see what Skillet was up to. Man did they ever surprise me! I fell in love with the whole cd. The guitars are harder, the vocals are stronger, the lyrics are, amazing wouldn't even begin to cover it. Forreal, this will be and IS the milestone of their career.
    Gerard Way Jr
    joeycoons wrote: I think whoever wrote the second review has no taste in music at all. This album is by far their best album. The songs are deeper, none of them sound bad, the guitar has amped up not down, there are less solos, but much better guitar playing, vocally it is very good, and more of the strings, keyboard, and other instruments. This song tops all their others for sure. And the comment about 'Oh here is another Christian punk band' well that can be said about any other genre of music. Just because its Christian music doesn't make it any less than any other music. And they add stuff in live that they don't put in the cd, I noticed that right off the bet at the Awake and Alive tour. This album is amazing and anyone who thinks that it is bad or disappointing is really uneducated about the elements of making and writing. Try being in a band and putting 10+ songs together that are great then try and do it again year after year. Let me tell you its not easy and my band has only been together for a year.
    Once your band shows up on the top of the charts, I'll consider reading the full comment. If you had any taste in music you'd see the many, many references to other bands in this tripe record.
    Gerard Way Jr wrote: hiddenwuss wrote: Sooo...maybe it was just me, or did anyone else feel like "Monster" sounds way too much (TOO SIMILAR) to "Animal I Have Become" by Three Days Grace...just saying... I agree.
    Yeah I noticed the lyrics are a lot alike and the arrangement is nearly the same as "Animal I Have Become". Guess that explains why I like "Monster" so much lol. But you have to admit, the thing he does at the end (don't really know what to call it) is pretty sweet.
    First of all, I'd like to point out that I was disappointed with Awake, Comatose, and the Live Effort. I can't say I honestly loved a Skillet record since Collide. My dream Skillet album would ditch all the progginess. I just don't think Skillet can pull off the progginess. Also, take Collide's sound, add in some of Comatose's solos, a bit of the Self-titled album's stuff, and there you have it. Being a guitarist, I'd like to see them do a bit more with guitar and Bass. On the Self-Titled album, John was a friggin whiz with the bass. Now he's just another modern rock bassist. On Collide and Comatose, Ben shows...Well at least in a couple of spots, that he IS, in fact, a good guitarist. On the newe record...he's just another modern rock guitarist.
    Skillet can't pull off the proginess? The band that brought us Alien Youth? are you kidding?
    Let me shut all of u up with this one sentence: Skillet is and has always been doing what God has told them to do through the music they make. What does this mean? u should b a tru fan and support because they do it for God not for ur satisfaction, yes i get how u may not like some of their style but others do and thats wat matters, to draw others in, all of their music rock because its for Jesus not for their own joy or for urs, thats wat a real christian rock band is, real christians!! so stop wining about how u dont like their music!