Thousand Foot Krutch
The End Is Where We Begin


2.0
poor

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
March 11th, 2012 | 43 replies | 13,497 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "P.S. Don't play me like a Nintendo 3DS"

“Sometimes it feels so good to cry,” Trevor McNevan sings on denoument cut “All I Need to Know”. It's covered in acoustic guitar chords; it's got some Lion King "oh-wah" background harmonies going on behind the mix there. Clearly, Thousand Foot Krutch's feelings and intimate confessions are intended to be taken seriously.

But they aren't. Because there's that thing about intentions – sometimes they fall short in the outcome of an actual product, especially with things like music. And the whole of Thousand Foot Krutch's The End Is Where We Begin is a meandering example of that.

Rewind back to 2009 when McNevan and his Christian rap-rock crew unleashed Welcome to the Masquerade on the Christian music markest. It went boom – kinda. Fans went yay; most critics, besides our own Fromtheinside, went yay; and it seemed like Thousand Foot Krutch again held a place as being a successful crossover Christian rock act that even the secular kids could bang their heads to on the radio. Yay.

So, understandably, Thousand Foot Krutch took that relative success and ran with it on follow-up The End is Where we Begin. Lead single “War of Change” is promising and inspiring, hitting like an old, respectable Linkin Park ten years later. Back when the song was released in December, it gave some hope that this fifteen-track outing would play on that kind of strength.

But The End is Where We Begin doesn't. Instead, McNevan jam packs awkward melodies into verses rapped around guitar riffs that sound weakly produced. It's surprising and, admittedly, a rare problem concerning studio matters in commercial releases, but the songs themselves would sound more sincere, and rock out in general, if the distortion on the amps was turned up a couple notches.

These awkard verses and choruses plague the first half of this outing, and the meant-well yet cringe-worthy lyrics hurt things even further. “Let the Sparks Fly” sounds like, get this, “Bodies” from Drowning Pool, except McNevan begs the listeners to let him “take you into the light,” in some weak attempt to sound hopeful, or something.

And then there's “I Get Wicked”: McNevan's rapping returns here and in “Down”, but that addition becomes sour and irrelevent when lyrics like, “I can be nice. But don't test me – I can get wicked,” are the first words you hear from the song. Even “Be Somebody”, which has the strongest melody thus far, kind of cancels its own message out with the admition, “Still you connect me in your way, and you created me,” before forsaking such humble declaration for the bark, “We all want to be somebody,” in the chorus.

“This Is A Warning” - with psuedo-epic strings, no less – transitions The End is Where We Begin from sloppy, miss-matched failed experiments to Fm Static-like songs. If you recall, Fm Static is the pop-punky side project of Trevor McNevan, so this switch is a little revealing that the Thousand Foot Krutch moniker is quickly losing juice and running out of places to go.

Ballads with acoustics and keyboards bring this half of The End is Where We Begin to Close to close. And at the very least, the songs actually sound like they fit together, if not particularily making strong cases for being worthwhile in and of themselves as songs. But an album is made of two halves, not one, and since the first half of The End is Where We Begin is kinda like listening to a nu-metal cover band, the positives of the second just feel like the band was trying to get a C on a final if only to pass a class:

Thousand Foot Krutch barely make it through, but everyone knows they deserve to fail.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
March 11th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Another disappointing Christian rock album. What's going on?

Ponton
Emeritus
March 11th 2012



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFGfWrJR5Ck

silentstar
March 11th 2012



2227 Comments


Nice review; it's good to see you back!

silentstar
March 11th 2012



2227 Comments


@pizza, I thought Sent by Raven's new album was pretty good...

pizzamachine
March 11th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I haven't listened to that one.

Ponton
Emeritus
March 11th 2012



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

innocentshadow, glad to be back. life is boring

ill look into it

silentstar
March 11th 2012



2227 Comments


They are somewhat reminiscent of Red:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxWJU36uDvM



Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 11th 2012



10584 Comments


I have a nintendo 3ds


what am I, 12?

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 11th 2012



10584 Comments


Also, p coo review jared : 3

Ponton
Emeritus
March 11th 2012



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i cant believe they used that as an actual lyric though

Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 11th 2012



10584 Comments


Knowing nintendo they probably paid them to say it haha. yeah that's easily one of the worst lyrics I've heard in a long, long time. Hey at least they're current with the tech, I suppose?

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2012



7956 Comments


Ugh Goddamn Christian rock

Ponton
Emeritus
March 11th 2012



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The best youll get

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDz5SzpA3Xw

everything else more or less plummets

PistolPete
March 11th 2012



3555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Intro to "Courtesy Call" is unforgivable, it makes me kinda queezy it's that shitty.

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ConsiderPhlebas
March 11th 2012



6157 Comments


Christian rap-rock is a thing?

Aphrodisiac
March 11th 2012



1739 Comments


"Another disappointing Christian rock album. What's going on?"


"Can't ya see that you're not makin' Christianity better, you're just making Rock n' Roll worse?" -Hank Hill

TheZehan
March 11th 2012



389 Comments


Yeah, TFK went independent.

jdennis31
March 11th 2012



6511 Comments


wow, haven't heard of this band in a long time. i remember my band played 'when in doubt' for church and they thought the song was too "hard"

Shuyin
March 11th 2012



11097 Comments


lol

this band

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LG
March 11th 2012



3049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's not that bad



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