Awake review by Skillet

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  • Released: Aug 25, 2009
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (114 votes)
Skillet: Awake
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Sound — 8
The sound of this band, as well as this album, are a bit strange at times but they come togehter very well. Most of the tracks on this album continue witht the bands style: a mixture of hard and progressive rock. For example, in the single "Sometimes", most of the song is hard rock with very catchy riffs and a beasty drum fill just 7 seconds in, but it continues the bass riff at the very end with a bass synth sound that really highlights the song. However, one thing I didn't like in this album is the the some of the effects being used by the lead guitarist, Ben Kasica. To me, they just sounded out of place with the rest of the song. Other than that, I really like the sounds this band creates and this album really dressed to impress.

Lyrics — 9
John Cooper is a very powerful singer. He really moves you deep inside whenever you here the songs because he sings from the heart. The lyrics and music flow together quite well. I'm also glad that the drummer, Jen Ledger, got to do plenty of vocales on this album. I believe that they contrast each other's voices very nicely and it helps with the flow of the music. The lyrics portray the band's ultimate goal of being a Christian band, too. Way to go Skillet.

Overall Impression — 8
I won't compare it to other recent albums by other artists but I will compare it to other albums by Skillet. Compared to Comatose and Collide, Awake is much more fast paced on certain songs and slower and softer on others. One gripe I have is the seeming unbalance of hard songs and slow songs. By that I mean there are too many slow songs on this album! Come on Skillet, let's rock! As for the best song on this album, anyone who's listened to the whole CD will know which is the best: MONSTER! I would go get the album again if it got scratched just for that song! It's absolutely beasty!

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    noisewall11
    the people saying they don't sound like three days grace are funny. this shit sounds exactly like three days grace mixed with buck cherry. this music might be new, but it's basically the same old rehashed crap that has been played on the radio the past 10 years. just a bunch of guys stomping around feeling like "monsters" or animals or whatever the f***..
    Gerard Way Jr
    Cloudxxx13 wrote: 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!
    Psh...All Skillet's doing with this record is desperately trying to break into a more mainstream audience. God has nothing to do with it.
    Gerard Way Jr
    But man and superhuman, though both ending in man, shows just a little more complexity then that, though still basic. Yes it makes a difference.
    Being a lyricist, I say there is no difference. They both end in man. It's lame.
    Gerard Way Jr
    Last thing (and yes, I DID post these separately just to irritate) - a godly album is not a quality album. Look at Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" or the other classics. They've got little to nothing to do with God, and yet are held as the standard in modern music. Are there ANY outrightly Christian bands that will survive? Also, I find it distasteful that many Christian punk/pop groups blatantly rip off Four Year Strong, amongst others. Relient K's "MmHmm" comes to mind, as do most Hawk Nelson records.
    1992zkr
    I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only one disappointed with the album. They had maybe three good songs on here. The rest kinda went down here. Some of the songs were actually really depressing and I'm not a depressed person. "Would it matter" was the most disappointing. i've listened to skillet since 2000 when they made it big with Invincible and I have to say this has been their worst album. This was all ballad like. It seems like (album wise) they have forgotten their Christian roots and are now just making music to sell records whereas before they seemed to be about the message.
    metalhead1008
    Gerard Way Jr wrote: Psh...All Skillet's doing with this record is desperately trying to break into a more mainstream audience. God has nothing to do with it.
    Ok then you obviously do not know skillet they do want to get to a mainstream audience but not to just make a profit but even more to get there message across they are christians and they are doing it for God
    Powerblaster
    This album was awesome and I love seeing them live. And to anyone saying that they didn't try anything new let me ask you this Why? As long as they're not producing the same song I think what they got now is great and they should stick with it. I hate those bands that change up their great style to for something crappy. To me that's a let down. Great Job Skillet and this album Rocks!
    1992zkr
    [quote]Gerard Way Jr wrote: natuMzzri wrote: Not to bash any Christian artist, but, really, can you think of one artist officially from the genre who's any good? That's new? I mean, Switchfoot and Relient-K are pretty decent, I'll give you that--Steven Curtis Chapman USED to be really good. But everyone else is so unoriginal, I honestly can't listen to it! OH LOOK, HERE'S ANOTHER CHRISTIAN PUNK BAND. OH, LOOK, HERE'S ANOTHER CHRISTIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST. NO. STOP IT! ARE YOU KIDDING?!?! Let me see... August Burns Red, UnderATH, Since October, Anberlin, Haste the Day, Demon Hunter, TFK...I could go on. The only difference between Christian and secular music is that Christian music lyrics have more meaning and depth (ahem, Anberlin, ahem) and that they are so much more passionate because it's more about the music and not so much about the fame and money and doing drugs. Anyway, with that little outburst behind us, I thought this album was pretty good. I was way more expectant, but I won't put it down. I think Skillet was trying something different, and obviously it wasn't as heavy as Comatose. I would say it wasn't as good as comatose, but this album did so well, and their songs were used on so many sport events, I won't be the one to talk. Well, that's it. It's too bad you said new or else I woulda told you to listen to stryper lol. They are so much more talented than Skillet. But I love both bands.
    Gerard Way Jr
    ARE YOU KIDDING?!?! Let me see... August Burns Red, UnderATH, Since October, Anberlin, Haste the Day, Demon Hunter, TFK
    Underoath is overrated, Since October is whatever, Anberlin is widely known as one of the worst bands in emo history, and TFK is "just another Nu-Metal band." You say FM Static, I say Sum 41. You say Jeremy Camp, I say Bon Jovi or any other (partially) ballad-based group from the eighties. You say Hawk Nelson, I say Four Year Strong!
    Fausch
    Being a Christian, I can't help but be disappointed with the quality of Religious music (as music) as of late. I'm sure you guys can figure out my opinion about this album from that.
    Gerard Way Jr
    Those top hits sound exactly like their three previous "top hits." If you are a music fan, you recognize how obscenely generic this record is. And they've sucked every since they got into the rock thing. One of the only half-decent records they've put out (they've never put out a five-star piece) is Invincible. Those days are long over.
    Gerard Way Jr
    natuMzzri wrote: Not to bash any Christian artist, but, really, can you think of one artist officially from the genre who's any good? That's new? I mean, Switchfoot and Relient-K are pretty decent, I'll give you that--Steven Curtis Chapman USED to be really good. But everyone else is so unoriginal, I honestly can't listen to it! OH LOOK, HERE'S ANOTHER CHRISTIAN PUNK BAND. OH, LOOK, HERE'S ANOTHER CHRISTIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST. NO. STOP IT! ARE YOU KIDDING?!?! Let me see... August Burns Red, UnderATH, Since October, Anberlin, Haste the Day, Demon Hunter, TFK...I could go on. The only difference between Christian and secular music is that Christian music lyrics have more meaning and depth (ahem, Anberlin, ahem) and that they are so much more passionate because it's more about the music and not so much about the fame and money and doing drugs. Anyway, with that little outburst behind us, I thought this album was pretty good. I was way more expectant, but I won't put it down. I think Skillet was trying something different, and obviously it wasn't as heavy as Comatose. I would say it wasn't as good as comatose, but this album did so well, and their songs were used on so many sport events, I won't be the one to talk. Well, that's it.
    I agree with everything but the record being good. It's hilarious how every good review gets "helpful," and the bad ones do not. Seems like hardcore Skillet fans (apart from myself) are bugging half-decent writers.
    natuMzzri
    Not to bash any Christian artist, but, really, can you think of one artist officially from the genre who's any good? That's new? I mean, Switchfoot and Relient-K are pretty decent, I'll give you that--Steven Curtis Chapman USED to be really good. But everyone else is so unoriginal, I honestly can't listen to it! OH LOOK, HERE'S ANOTHER CHRISTIAN PUNK BAND. OH, LOOK, HERE'S ANOTHER CHRISTIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST. NO. STOP IT! ARE YOU KIDDING?!?! Let me see... August Burns Red, UnderATH, Since October, Anberlin, Haste the Day, Demon Hunter, TFK...I could go on. The only difference between Christian and secular music is that Christian music lyrics have more meaning and depth (ahem, Anberlin, ahem) and that they are so much more passionate because it's more about the music and not so much about the fame and money and doing drugs. Anyway, with that little outburst behind us, I thought this album was pretty good. I was way more expectant, but I won't put it down. I think Skillet was trying something different, and obviously it wasn't as heavy as Comatose. I would say it wasn't as good as comatose, but this album did so well, and their songs were used on so many sport events, I won't be the one to talk. Well, that's it.
    SIRRON_KCUHC
    Gerard Way Jr wrote: Vauxite wrote: Gerard Way Jr wrote: "I am just a man, I'm not superhero man." ...what the hell is that? This record's lyrics are awful. *I am just a man Not superhuman Lrn2listen. Yeah, because one word makes such a difference, and the second time the phrase is used, it's as I quoted it. Lrn2stopbeingaperfectionist.
    No offense, but to a lot of people this is a big difference. It actually shows an ability to use different words to rhyme. Rhyming man and man shows little skills. But man and superhuman, though both ending in man, shows just a little more complexity then that, though still basic. Yes it makes a difference. But this was a disappointing album. Lucy is great, and It's Not Me, It's You is great, too. Collide was best and then comatose. Sry, just isn't the same.
    bluekirby7
    I went to a skillet tour and they played songs from "Awake and Alive" before they were released. Loved them then, love the album now
    SGofawesome
    Gerard Way Jr wrote: natuMzzri wrote: Not to bash any Christian artist, but, really, can you think of one artist officially from the genre who's any good? That's new? I mean, Switchfoot and Relient-K are pretty decent, I'll give you that--Steven Curtis Chapman USED to be really good. But everyone else is so unoriginal, I honestly can't listen to it! OH LOOK, HERE'S ANOTHER CHRISTIAN PUNK BAND. OH, LOOK, HERE'S ANOTHER CHRISTIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST. NO. STOP IT! ARE YOU KIDDING?!?! Let me see... August Burns Red, UnderATH, Since October, Anberlin, Haste the Day, Demon Hunter, TFK...I could go on. The only difference between Christian and secular music is that Christian music lyrics have more meaning and depth (ahem, Anberlin, ahem) and that they are so much more passionate because it's more about the music and not so much about the fame and money and doing drugs. Anyway, with that little outburst behind us, I thought this album was pretty good. I was way more expectant, but I won't put it down. I think Skillet was trying something different, and obviously it wasn't as heavy as Comatose. I would say it wasn't as good as comatose, but this album did so well, and their songs were used on so many sport events, I won't be the one to talk. Well, that's it. I agree with everything but the record being good. It's hilarious how every good review gets "helpful," and the bad ones do not. Seems like hardcore Skillet fans (apart from myself) are bugging half-decent writers.
    Ok, here is my opinion... 1) I've been a HARDCORE Skillet fan ever since Savior off of the Collide album. I've seen them twice on their Comatose tour, and I'm planning on seeing them soon. 2) You CANNOT compare this album to comatose. It's like comparing Any AC/DC album to Back In Black. It will NEVER meet expectations. Comatose is Skillet's Back In black. 3) I hate how people are swearing on a Christian rock band's review site. 4) Skillet is NOT Punk. 5) Monster is their best song so far, and even if it sounds a little like "Animal I Have Become", Monster is way better than that Three Days Grace piece of crap. 6)Gerard Way Jr, you have commented 9 times on this page. NO ONE CARES
    Gerard Way Jr wrote: Psh...All Skillet's doing with this record is desperately trying to break into a more mainstream audience. God has nothing to do with it.
    this could easily be the most retarded comment I have ever read. They have shown their Christian faith even more than ever through this album. All in all, this album does have it's downs, but It is way better than all of you are making it out to be. It just provided us with 3 top hits, "Monster", "Hero", and "Awake and Alive". They care about their fans so much, but God is what comes first. Thank god for the awesome music they make, because it is made through him