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Music Reviews

Tresa Jordan – Angels Cry

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Hawk Nelson – Live Life Loud

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

From the cheerleading intro to the album’s title track Life Life Loud, Hawk Nelson is on a pop-punk journey and they want you along for the ride. There’s a lot to like here, including repeated calls to actively engage in life instead of sitting on the sidelines. You’ll even find a revved up remake of the old hymn “Tis So Sweet” and a wacky “Ode To Lord Stanley” that only a Canadian band could get by with. An extra bonus when you buy Live Life Loud is a miniature pair of 3D glasses that you will need to view the photos of the band dressed up like fruit.

Skillet – Awake

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Skillet’s studio follow up to its breakthrough Comatose album will likely please a broader range of listeners while leaving longtime fans wondering what happened to the edgier sound from previous releases. From all appearances, the new Skillet is produced for radio play and should do well in that arena. The band’s lyrics, as always, remain solid to the core. One note: many are discussing how the song “Lucy” seems to address the grief of losing a child, possibly to abortion. Lead singer John Cooper says the song was written to address all times of loss.

Dizmas – Yours

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Flynn Adam – Dishes

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Michael Coon – Never Born

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Never Born

Brandon Heath – Wait and See

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Copeland – Walking Downtown

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Philmont – Another Name

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Submerged – Don’t Hide

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Take a healthy dose of Barlowgirl, mix in a little Flyleaf, and you’ve got the basic ingredients for the sound you’ll find on Submerged’s debut EP Don’t Hide. Produced and co-written by Skillet’s Ben Kasica, Don’t Hide features some real flashes of brilliance and a knack for hooks that point to a bright future for this band. The band’s sound would be undoubtedly elevated by the major dollars that one of the big labels could provide, but for a starter project there is a lot to like. The most poignant song in the EP is without a doubt “The Beating of a Heart” which chronicles the sadness of an end of life journey: hands reaching, hearts beating/holding on to dear life/hope’s fading, doctors waiting/only a miracle can save her now. Forgivess for past mistakes is the theme of “Who I Used To Be”: the past has got me bound with chains/I’m not content to stay the same/help, I need you to get over it/what I did, I need you to forgive. Fans of female-fronted rock will find Submerged to be a diamond in the rough.