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Awake (Deluxe Version)

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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.

Customer Reviews

Not Quite As Good as Comatose, but still really good =)

Hero- Really good, classic skillet, this song will get you pumped and will be a lottt of fun to see in concert =) one of the best songs on the album and a great way to start it off 9/10 Monster- Slightly different from some of Skillet's past stuff, but this song really grows on you =) probably just as good as Hero if not better but very different from it too 9/10 Dont Wake Me- One of their slower songs, but its really good =) one of my favorites =) sounds like some of the Comatose songs, but thats not a bad thing =) amazing song =) 9.2/10 Awake and Alive- Another great Skillet song, one of their louder, orchestrated sounding songs, another song with a Comatose sound, really good especially with the addition of Jenn singing, great song overall =) 9.5/10 One Day Too Late- Probably my personal favorite, another slow song. Amazing, with a really good message, and its also really catchy =) this is a song you'll be singing over and over throughout your day. 10/10 It's Not Me It's You- Pretty good, but i wouldn't call it great, I think in general most people will like this song a lot, but i think the chorus is kind of.. ehh.. repetitive besides that i think its a good song =) 7.8/10 Should've When You Could've- Catchy, kinda a pop sound to it, not amazing, but its a kind of upbeat softer song, I like it. 8/10 Believe- One of my favorite Skillet songs =) Amazing! Was a late addition to the album, but it's a reallly good song and one of the best on the album =) very well produced, and really good lyrics. 10/10 Forgiven- Really good, one of the more spiritual songs, some people might not like it but i think its really good, and great to see a nice, Godly message =) 8.5/10 Sometimes- Probably my least favorite song on the album. I dont know why but I just don't like it that much. Kind of dark, kind of heavy. I guess its an okay song, some people will probably like it. 6/10 Never Surrender- Good song =) really good lyrics, good message, kind of slow ish but also musically its kind of heavier. Similar to.. Open Wounds kind of. I like it, but its kind of hard to give it a rating. Hmm.... 8.6/10 Lucy- Really slow, sad song about losing someone close to you. I like it a lot, I think lots of people will relate to it. 9/10 I didnt rate the bonus tracks because i havent heard enough of them to give them a fair review yet, but overall a reallly good album =) I am a hugeee skillet fan after Comatose and i was expecting an amazing CD and I was not disappointed =) If you like Skillet, you'll definitely wanna get this CD =)

AWAKE IS AWESOME!!!!

I've been a fan of Skillet years before Comatose came out and i've got to say this album delivers. It has the same theme as Comatose but alot more intense and powerful. The highlights here are...heck THE WHOLE CD!!!! -panhead

A Slower, Softer Comatose

Up till now, each Skillet album brought a refined sound. The band had made stops in grunge rock, electronica, face-melting rock, synth-based rock and more.

"Awake" continues that trend, but barely. It's Comatose turned down two notches. Gone are the guitar solos and screaming. Insert Nickleback-like guitars and a lot more power ballads.

I'm not saying the album is bad. It's not, but after 3 years and a wicked live album — "Comatose Comes Alive" — "Awake" leaves a lot to be desired.

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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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Aug 24, 2009

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