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Editors’ Notes

On Awake, Skillet follows up the success of 2006’s Comatose with a similar blast of melodramatic pop/rock from a Christian perspective. Singer/bassist John Cooper leads his comrades through a set of ballad-heavy tracks filled with spiritual conflict and romantic anguish. Cooper’s throat-searing vocals drive home the desperation within “Forgiven,” “Monster,” and “Hero” (the latter featuring some equally urgent singing by drummer Jen Ledge). On the earthly plane, love’s rough patches are exposed in the stinging “One Day Too Late,” the snarling “Should’ve When You Could’ve,” and the regretful “Don’t Wake Me.” Though many of the tunes here are decidedly dark, “Awake and Alive” offers a God-centered battle cry as stirring as any Skillet has recorded. The ballad “Lucy” closes on a melancholy note. Overall, this album occupies a niche somewhere between Red and Evanescence, counter-pointing expressions of faith with boy/girl angst. Though Awake rarely strays beyond the boundaries set by Comatose, it stands on its own for its muscular attack and underlying passion.

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By far the best album ever by Skillet. Monster absolute rips up the album an amazing rock song. Hero stands up well. While the rest of the album is slightly more quieter it still blows every other album by them out of the water.

AWESOME

By far the best album, few exceptions, i love skillet.

Loss of words

When I choose music I very rarely choose a new band and even more rarely take someones word for how good a band is. That was until I was at Parachute 2011 in Mystery Creek, Hamilton with a bunch of very enthusiastic friends who dragged me along to what I now believe is the most incredible, mind-blowing, epic concert I have ever attended. This concert was Skillet. Merely 5 minutes later I was sitting in my tent listening to Awake on my portable stereo and marvelling at the complete harmony of the insturments that very few other bands would even glance at, being mixed in with your driving Bass, Guitars, Keyboards and Drums. The use of Cellos and violins mixed in with Bens guitar create a whole new experience and John's incredible, edgy vocals just emphasise the pure brilliance of this jaw-droppingly good album. The only hesitation I have to giving this Album 5 stars is I would very much like to give them 6. This band has convinced me to get my band up and running again so i have tho thank the band once again for re-energising my musical spirit.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Alternative CCM rockers Skillet formed in Memphis, TN, around the nucleus of lead singer and bassist John Cooper, guitarist Ken Steorts, and drummer Trey McClurkin. Debuting in 1996 with a self-titled LP, the trio returned two years later with Hey You, I Love Your Soul. Invincible followed in early 2000, and the group contributed three tracks to the Ardent Worship: Skillet Live compilation that same year. With a new lineup of Cooper on bass and lead vocals, his wife Korey Cooper on guitar and keyboards,...
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