Sound — 7
After 2 years of "vacation on tour" one of the most well-known Christian rockers return with brand new record "Oxygen : Inhale." Following up success of mix-genre "The End Is Where We Begin" band decided to do it again. This time they are more focused on soft and warm rock-ballads, but, however, there are some pretty energetic and drive compositions like three opening songs "Like the Machine," "Untraveled Road," "Born This Way" and no. 4 track "Give It to Me." While being really drive and catchy they, except "Untraveled Road" (this one is also shows a great mix of rapping and singing, good beat and switch between stop an go parts), are really quickly become missed among other more unique and significant songs. However band choose "Born This Way" as the lead single and this choice is easy to understand: this song shows catchy and easy riffs and sounds really radio-friendly. Another part of songs are softer. Band do not use too much acoustic guitars in them and leave other instruments on their places with addition of piano in strings on some tracks, like in "In My Room." Album sounds bright and deep, but, however, about half of tracks can be really quickly become forgotten.
Lyrics — 7
Mostly tracks can be divided in 2 groups. First one is about individuality of every person, others are love songs. Love songs sound really impressive due to impressive lyrics and high Trevor vocal. "Oxygen" is a great example of such really strong and emotional composition. This time Trevor McNeavan continue using of his vocal style from "The End Is Where We Begin" in drive tracks (which sounds impressive, but little more like pop-styles vocal) and more high vocal in soft songs, it sounds way more unusual, but, however, play its role where it needs and provides track emotional effort they need.
Overall Impression — 8
New album is softer than band's previous works, it would be a surprise for many TFK fans, but, however, this way it sounds very warm and leaves really warm feelings after listening. Maybe one more year of touring would give the band more stronger and less weak tracks, but the way things are album is still impressive and tracks "Untraveled Roads," "Set Me on Fire," "I See Red," "Light Up," "In My Room" and "Oxygen" are really worth to listen. The ones who are looking for a "TFK-style nu-metal" (and harder things) will be disappointed, the ones, who are ready to every TFK turn or love soft music, will be happy.