Skillet
Awake


3.0
good

Review

by endlessartix USER (8 Reviews)
August 30th, 2009 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Skillet makes a solid outing that shows a small, but present, progression from the band.

Awake is an album that has gotten very mixed reviews from across the board. Whereas Comatose, was universally liked, their follow-up is a different story. With most of the positive reviews coming from the CCM scene and most of the negative coming from the secular side, it's easy to get a little confused. But as the saying goes, the truth is usually in the middle.

Though not terrible, it's easy to notice that Awake is very lacking in some areas. For example, there are probably twice the amount of ballads and crossover songs on the record versus Comatose. While this doesn't automatically bring it down, they could of at least done them right. For example, "One Day Too Late" and "Should've When You Could've" are strikingly similar and ultimately offer nothing to the disc. Lyrics-wise, the album is also defficient. In short, the album is lacking a lot. However, that doesn't stop it from rocking your socks off at times.

Highlight tracks from Awake include "Awake and Alive," "Sometimes," and "Believe." "Lucy" might also appeal to those looking for a good, ballad-like ending to an album. Also notable is "Forgiven," which makes good use of piano and strings, and "Monster," which is heavy rock done right, albeit it is a little repetitive. "Should've When You Could've" is the only track die-hard fans should skip. It's purely filler and doesn't offer anything all that good, even as crossover songs go.

Still, it's obvious that Awake is an album for the fans and let's face it, the mainstream (I picked this up at my local Wal-Mart), and by those standards it's a passable release. While musical elitists will probably be less than satisfied with it, those of us who are admittedly fans of the band will enjoy it, if on a lesser level than their career highlight Comatose.

Pros:
-Similar in style to Comatose
-Good rockers
-Addition of new drummer, Jen Ledger

Cons:
-Less usage of strings
-Ballads are lacking
-Little progression



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BallsToTheWall
August 30th 2009


49821 Comments


Amazing band bro!

Digging: Great Master - Skull and Bones

endlessartix
August 31st 2009


275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Sarcastic much?

BallsToTheWall
August 31st 2009


49821 Comments


Actually their last album had a few enjoyable tracks. I might youtube the single and what have you. My avatar is just to boost my street cred.

endlessartix
September 1st 2009


275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off



Ah. You should check out "Sometimes" and "Awake and Alive." The best tracks on here by far.

greg84
Emeritus
September 5th 2009


7608 Comments


I for one think "Collide" is their best release. It's quite good with a few filler tracks. Hated "Comatose" so much. Well. You don't really need to be a musical elitist to dislike this band.

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WhiteWallStargazers
September 5th 2009


2647 Comments


funny cuz I thought Collide was their weakest effort

greg84
Emeritus
September 14th 2009


7608 Comments


Collide was an overall solid nu-metal record. Probably much heavier than this one. Since then, they've started to go downhill with their overly polished mainstream (read: generic) rock.

EasternLight
September 14th 2009


2710 Comments


these kinda bands dont appeal to me at all. hard rock. ugh.

greg84
Emeritus
September 14th 2009


7608 Comments


I wouldn't call it hard rock. This is more of a mainstream rock release. You should listen to such bands as Clutch, Hermano, Spiritual Beggars, Mammal and OneSideZero if you're looking for some real quality hard rock which is impossible to dislike.

EasternLight
September 14th 2009


2710 Comments


yeah i usually associate hard rock with mainstream rock a lot. thanks.

Get Low
September 5th 2018


6771 Comments


Illuminati album cover

Lucman
September 5th 2018


3491 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Illuminati always chooses the worst music lol

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Get Low
September 5th 2018


6771 Comments


That's actually so true.

Opturus
September 5th 2018


99 Comments


worst band name ever



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