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".