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!