Thousand Foot Krutch
The Flame in All of Us


3.5
great

Review

by Nathaniel Fritz USER (17 Reviews)
September 18th, 2007 | 19 replies | 9,078 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's not Phenomenonal, but TFK's latest record is certainly an enjoyable assault on the senses.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

After a little more than two years in between records, Toronto’s Thousand Foot Krutch releases their third album for Tooth & Nail Records, The Flame in All of Us, to considerably less fanfare than what preceded their last release, 2005’s The Art of Breaking. Part of that is because of a minor change in taste that has come about: where you once heard a lot of Linkin Park, Evanescence, and Trapt on your local KISS-FM, it’s now the Fall Out Boys, Panic! at the Discos, and Plain White T’s’s that rule the day; this undoubtedly has had some adverse effect on those in the Linkin Park side of the spectrum, such as TFK. However, the bigger part of it is that The Art of Breaking was a huge disappointment.

Oh yeah, in some ways it could be considered successful: its lead single “Move” moved into the top 20 on modern rock stations and the album debuted in the upper half of the Billboard 200 and TFK reached headliner status in the Christian concert world. But when it came to the actual quality of the album, The Art of Breaking was found very much lacking the energy and confidence that its predecessor, 2003’s Phenomenon, possessed. In trying to distance themselves from their former rap-metal image, the Krutch went too far, coming off at times like a clone of Three Days Grace (incidentally, hometown buddies of TFK) and at others like a bad ‘90s alternative rock cliché. With only “Move” and a few other winning songs saving the day, the question regarding Thousand Foot Krutch became this: were they as great as Phenomenon or as mediocre as The Art of Breaking?

Well, The Flame In All Of Us provides a likeable enough answer: they’re somewhere in between. Though not truly capturing the brash air of Phenomenon, TFK certainly sounds rejuvenated on this record: “New Drug,” “My Own Enemy,” and “The Safest Place” churn out huge, bombastic riffs and some of the band’s most raucous moments since its nu-metal days of Set It Off. On “Falls Apart,” vocalist/principal songwriter Trevor McNevan continues his never-ending quest to write the perfect WWE entrance anthem – luckily, the song is too catchy to really have a shot at introducing such muscle-and-steroid-bound madmen.

The bulk of the disc is a little slower, though not much softer. “Favorite Disease” showcases a pop sensibility similar to that of McNevan’s side project, FM Static, and “What Do We Know?” builds from laid-back, Sugar Ray-style verses to a final crescendo in the chorus with the help of a children’s choir. Occasionally, trouble arises when the band tries to mix the raucous with the slower, heartfelt (see “Inhuman”) or when McNevan gets a little too cute with his vocals (“Broken Wing”), but for the most part, this slightly mellower TFK succeeds where they had failed before. “My Home” is the love song that “Breathe You In” tried to be and “Wish You Well” is the ballad that “This Is A Call” wanted to be.

Above all, the album sonically just sounds a heck of a lot better than The Art of Breaking did, and the credit there should probably be given to producer and mixer Ken Andrews. By convincing TFK to record the album live, Andrews was able to coax out a bigger, rawer feel out of the record. The title track is the prime example of this: though one of many songs on the album to feature strings, it’s the song’s main riff that propels it along. The riff is undeniably simple but captivating all the same.

It’s also what best describes the album as a whole: simple yet captivating. No, The Flame In All Of Us isn’t another Phenomenon, but then again we probably shouldn’t have been looking for one in the first place. The album fits what TFK is as a live band perfectly and it’s quite likely that several songs will wind up being live staples. It’s not perfect, but we at least have an accurate representation of what Thousand Foot Krutch is: a fun, solid, and energetic rock band.

Recommended Tracks:

Falls Apart

New Drug

What Do We Know?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Otisbum
September 19th 2007



1912 Comments


I should probably get something by these guys, Break The Silence was a great song.

ironman4444
September 22nd 2007



276 Comments


I hate these guys with a grudge. Their musicianship goes no further than a seventh grader's, the vocals have almost no expresion and the lyrics are so generic it hurts the ears. Plus I get totally bored listening to half a song by these guys.

roofi
September 22nd 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll agree, their lyrics are usually varying degrees of bad, especially on The Art of Breaking. His problem is he tries to rhyme everything -- EVERYTHING! -- and the result is usually something pretty corny. They're not horrible on this record. I obviously disagree on musicianship and vocals.

MediocreAtBest
September 23rd 2007



1473 Comments


Dude I've told you before and I'm telling you again: you are really good at reviewing for the amount you've done. And I like your concept of reviewing Christian records (what you've done so far anyways) with an objective, neutral point of view. Keep it up!This Message Edited On 09.22.07

ninjuice
September 23rd 2007



6760 Comments


I was highly disappointed by The Art of Breaking and also thought Phenomenon was better. I guess I should check this out. This Message Edited On 09.23.07

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jason_f90
September 27th 2007



203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good album. Catchy, ballsy hooks here and there. The highlyight in my opinion would be "Wish You Well", a very well written song similar to Linkin Park's "The Little Things Give You Away".

foreverendeared
October 31st 2007



14678 Comments


great review as always. i used to listen to these guys back in the day

roofi
October 31st 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you haven't already, check out Phenomenon; that is a fantastic album. None of their other stuff is really any higher than a B or B-.

kalphiteman4
March 5th 2008



29 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Phenomenon is amazing. I think this is their second best. "My Own Enemy" and "The Flame in All of Us" are my favorites.

MisterBeefy
February 26th 2009



244 Comments


TFK!!!!

MentalityOfA
May 15th 2009



1213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Art Of Breaking is the new standard. This falls short.

fromtheinside
July 16th 2009



17714 Comments


falls apart rules TFK's catalog...

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GiantSpeck
May 22nd 2011



200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

And we were sixteen at the time
Nothing could ever change our minds
We were one step below invincible
And we always farted.


Spec
February 27th 2012



27054 Comments


There was a good song off of this. I just forget which one.

Spec
February 27th 2012



27054 Comments


but TFK's latest record is certainly an enjoyable assault on the senses.

True summary though.

Toondude10
October 5th 2013



3385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not really that memorable but certainly enjoyable for the most part

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RadioSuicide
February 3rd 2014



229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh

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Green Baron
February 3rd 2014



18093 Comments


Is War of Change on this album?

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RadioSuicide
February 3rd 2014



229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nah. That's on TEIWWB



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