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Album Review

It's no longer startling to hear an intense young band harnessing big guitar noise in the service of a Christian witness. It's not even surprising when the band kicks butt — the days when the term "Christian rock" elicited universal snorts of derision are long since past. Even in an increasingly crowded field of devout young rockers, though, Forever Changed stands out; on their full-length debut, the Florida-based band displays an impressive combination of mature songcraft and youthful energy, and lead singer Dan Cole has the kind of off-handedly perfect voice that is easy to overlook until he pulls a vocal stunt that makes you stop and listen more carefully. The less devout might not be entirely comfortable with some of the lyrics ("The enemy is alive/There is only one truth out there/We will win the fight"), but then, making unbelievers (and believers, for that matter) uncomfortable is a big part of the reason bands like this sing lyrics like these, and there's nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, even the most unrepentant infidel will have a hard time resisting the pure pop bliss of "Great Divide" or the band's clever update of "You're So Vain" ("Vanity Letter"). Very, very nice.

Customer Reviews

I Wish I REALLY Knew About Them Before The Break-up!

This band as a whole was pretty amazing. I'm sad they aren't functioning as a group anymore (at least, under this name). Sappy sappy, yes yes, but let's get to the hard-hitting awesomeness of this album ("Chapters" the next album is awesome too). The Need to Feel Alive is one of those albums where you listen to each song and you know its apart of the same album (most of the songs consist (lyrically) of the same "feeling alive" idea). From "The Last Time" to "Knowledge" you hear some superb vocals. The lead singer does a tremendous job at exploding into choruses ("Great Divide") or falshetto-ing your brains out ("Romance in Denial"). The piano-driven build-up "Knowledge" explores the bands more atmospheric sounds, with a chorus ender that's fit to wet your pants. The drums are technical with a perfect blend of solid rocking it out. Each song has a different beat, different feel, which is difficult in this genre sometimes. I love the guitars too, they do a great job at palm-muting - I know that sounds like I don't know how to play guitar, but if you do know how to play and you are reading this you know that good palm-muting can sound awesome. Basically every verse has sweet palm-muting. Crap I just realized they messed up the spelling, its "Romance in DeNial" - not "demial." anyways. The record is great for those who enjoy rocking out to music that has a point to it (spiritually or relationally, even though in this context being spiritual is about having a relationship, so there you go!). Must Buys: Knowledge. Romance in Denial. Great Divide (if you really want to rock out). the rest is fine too, these above are just my personal favorites.

Such a good album!

Buy this! It is one of the best albums ever, more people should know about them!

my favorite album. <3

this is deffinately one of my most favorite albums. the song writing is perfect. the singing is perfect. the music itself is perfect. it makes you think. it comforts you. it's like a good friend. buy this and you won't be disappointed.

The Need to Feel Alive, Forever Changed
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