Honestly folks, if Awake doesn't rack up both GRAMMYs and Doves next year, somebody in asleep at the wheel!
A Rough Start - But The Quality Made Up For It
Sitting in the car in 90 degree weather to listen to and review Awake proved to be harder than I thought it would be and I can't write and drive at the same time so an investment into some serious speakers to connect my laptop to was in order. Lucky for me, the $200 surround sound speaker set I wanted was on sale! So, here I sit, in the comfort of my office, listening to this amazing CD in full surround-sound glory. Skillet did such a great job on Awake that it was worth the cost to upgrade my speakers!
Even if you're not quite that hard-core about your music, this is still a CD that you can't afford to miss if you like Christian rock. Lucky for you, it goes on sale to the public tomorrow, so your investment won't be nearly as costly as mine.
'Awake' Grabs You By The Throat On The First Track And Doesn't Let Go
The second song (and my new fave) "Monster" shows the exact opposite of our hero - Jesus ... that monster (sin) that lives inside of every one of us. The irony of the total opposition that lives in each of us is really showcased by the two tracks.
Slowing down a bit, "Don’t Wake Me" (my 14-year-old daughter's favorite tune) is a power ballad with a capital P. "One Day Too Late" is another winning power ballad that reminds me of the days of true arena rock complete with lighters held up throughout the crowds. Lyrically, this one hits the mark in a big way too, reminding us that we don't have unlimited time here on earth, so we had better make the most of what time we do have.
"It's Not Me It's You" (my husband's favorite tune) kicks you solidly in the teeth with monster guitar licks, as does "Awake and Alive" (the strings soften them a bit, but not enough to take away the bite.
The bottom line here is that Awake shows us all that Skillet is like a fine wine ... better and better with age. There isn't a bad song on the entire release. There isn't even a mediocre one! All 12 tracks come as close to excellent as you will find in today's musical landscape. This is a "must have" CD for any Christian rock fan and it's one that will be gracing my CD player for many years to come. (Yep - tomorrow I'll be standing in line for a non-watermarked copy just like the rest of you so I can listen to it anywhere I want!)
'Alive' - The Basics
- Style: Rock
- 12 Tracks
- Release Date: August 25, 2009 on Atlantic/INO