Review Summary: Your Guide To the Billboard Top 10
"Skillet" is a band which have been around for almost 13 years , though almost nobody heard of them , until they have released their breakthrough "Grammy Award" nominated album : "Comatose" .
They were just a regular rock band with some nu-metal riffs and a truly TERRIBLE vocals and their fans were only some christian "preteens" , until somebody thought to add on some creativity to their music by "throwing" some violins , strings , piano on the top of their riffs , and you know what :It Worked !!! .They produced an average album which shew some promise that this band could develop into something better and more creative with songs like "Comatose" , "Whispers In The Dark" , but instead of developing their sound and truly incorporating these strings into their song structure , they did quite the opposite .They took advantage of the Grammy nomination and becoming a semi-popular band to turn into some mainstream rock band .
Somewhere while listening to the album I truly felt I was listening to "Daughtry" new album with all these ton of ballads "Don't Wake Me" , "One Day Too Late" , "Should've When You Could've" , "Believe" , "Forgiven" , "Never Surrender" , "Lucy" . I mentioned about 3/4 of the album tracks and if there was something common is that they all sound the same and having the same structure which is : Some mean less Piano notes at the beginning + Power Chords + Verse/Chorus/Verse (2-3 times) + the terrible voice of "John Cooper" saying some meanless lyrics...for example "Now I’m in our secret place , Alone in your embrace , Where all my wrongs have been erased, You have forgiven" !! , What is this "Secret Place" ? , In whom's embrace ? ,,Even "If" we get the song meaning what we gained from knowing that you have been forgiven ?
..oh wait and here is a surprise : You may get to hear his wife "Korey Cooper" voice too..which is even worse than him with NO talent at all. (Just listen to "Hero")
The rest of the songs are nothing to talk about really with Three Days Grace 's "Animal I Have Become" replica "Monster" and some tired nu-metal riff we have listened to 1000 times before "Hero"....there is only one song I liked which is "Awake and Alive" which is like "Comatose part 2" with their only truly good orchestral arrangment. If their is only one thing I'm stunned at is that how such an album managed to reach #2 on the billboard ? , while "their" best album "Comatose " didn't even make it to the top 50 ?
If all this means something it means that the music industry is encouraging bands to give up their own sound with any creativity left and stick to the mainstream rock formula and that's "Your Guide To the Billboard Top 10".