Sound — 9
Skillet has been a huge name in Christian rock for several years. After three long years, they've finally released their seventh album, Comatose. It's also their most diverse, experimental, and just plain rockin' album yet, adding a lot of strings, Korey's female vocals, and some music that you wouldn't think Skillet would play. Skillet tries a lot of new things in Comatose. Korey Cooper is added as a second vocalist for the band, and she adds a lot of diversity to it. It kind of mixes things up and changes a lot from Collide. They still rock out like crazy, and Korey isn't singing the whole CD long, just enough to keep it from being boring. In "Those Nights", they kind of play the song in a punk style. It's kind of weird hearing these hard panheads we know and love to stray this far out their boundaries, but it does actually work really well. The song, like most all of the songs, appeals to you.
Lyrics — 9
They've grown real mature since their last couple of CD's. "Rebirthing" is all about having a new life in Christ. "Better Than Drugs" talks about how God can be more satisfying than drugs. "The Last Night" is an interesting song where John and Korey are singing back to each other like a conversation. It's all about how you don't have to feel lonely in this world. After Skillet joined a major label, a lot of people thought they would water down their message quite a bit. Not so. Not so at all.
Overall Impression — 9
So what am I trying to say? Get this CD. It's a terrific CD. It's not too hard to scare away some of the people who like their music on the softer side, and is just filled with great music. It may take a few listens for it to sink in, but after that, this will be a CD that you won't want to stop listening to for a long time.