18 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In many ways, Believer sums up the changes Kutless has gone through since it appeared on the Christian music scene in the late ‘90s. Believer contains elements of the worship-oriented approach heard on 2009’s It Is Well; at the same time, it delivers the assertive guitar kick that defined the band on its first several albums. Lead singer Jon Micah Sumrall commands the spotlight on tracks as different as “Need” (a desperate cry to the Lord), “Hero” (an inspirational, folk-tinged ballad), and “If It Ends Today” (a crowd-rousing praise tune). Thunderous riffage and slamming drums drive home the message of salvation in “Carry On,” while “Gravity” and the title track take a more nuanced approach to depicting man’s relationship with his maker. Especially powerful are “This Is Love” and “Come Back Home,” a pair of ballads that retell the stories of the crucifixion and the Prodigal Son, respectively. Throughout, Kutless turns in confident performances without losing the touch of urgency that has always echoed through its music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In many ways, Believer sums up the changes Kutless has gone through since it appeared on the Christian music scene in the late ‘90s. Believer contains elements of the worship-oriented approach heard on 2009’s It Is Well; at the same time, it delivers the assertive guitar kick that defined the band on its first several albums. Lead singer Jon Micah Sumrall commands the spotlight on tracks as different as “Need” (a desperate cry to the Lord), “Hero” (an inspirational, folk-tinged ballad), and “If It Ends Today” (a crowd-rousing praise tune). Thunderous riffage and slamming drums drive home the message of salvation in “Carry On,” while “Gravity” and the title track take a more nuanced approach to depicting man’s relationship with his maker. Especially powerful are “This Is Love” and “Come Back Home,” a pair of ballads that retell the stories of the crucifixion and the Prodigal Son, respectively. Throughout, Kutless turns in confident performances without losing the touch of urgency that has always echoed through its music.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings
Nice change of pace

great message and song

The song "Hero" is a smooth, inspiring, and easy listening song that sends a positive message that you can make a difference in someone's life-- it doesn't get any better than that! Beautiful tune and melody.

big33milesfan

great all the way around

Awesome album!

1jcmyhrt

One of my favs!

I have this album & love most songs, the rest I at least like. The message is right on. God Bless!

About Kutless

Kutless, a Christian alternative band specializing in melodic hard rock, released their self-titled debut on BEC Recordings in 2002. The group, which consists of James Mead (guitar), Nathan "Stu" Stuart (bass), Kyle Mitchell (drums), Ryan Shrout (guitar), and Jon Micah Sumrall (vocals), came together in Portland, Oregon in 1999, inspired by such Christian rock predecessors as the Supertones as well as mainstream modern rockers like Staind, Creed, and Incubus. The seeds of the band were sown when Stuart moved to Portland from his native North Dakota to attend college, where he met Sumrall, Mitchell, and Shrout. All of the members of Kutless attended the same church, Athey Creek, where they began playing music together. They soon decided to forego college to concentrate on their music career, moving into a group house where they hosted basement party gigs. The band headlined such jaunts as the Extreme Days tour and often played events to benefit battered women and children and cancer victims. The group's albums, all released by BEC Recordings, include Kutless (2002), Sea of Faces (2004), Strong Tower (2005), Hearts of the Innocent (2006), Live from Portland (also from 2006), To Know That You're Alive (2008), It Is Well (2009), and Believer (2012). The group's eight studio album, Glory, appeared in 2014. In 2015, Kutless released the Aaron Sprinkle-produced Surrender, featuring the single "Mirror." The album peaked at number thirteen on the Billboard Christian Albums chart, and garnered the band a Dove Award nomination for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year. Two years later, they returned with their tenth studio album, Alpha/Omega, which included a reworked version of "Strong Tower" as well as the single "King of My Heart." ~ Erik Hage & Steve Leggett

ORIGIN
Portland, OR
FORMED
1999

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