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Album Review

Intense and infectious in equal measure, Icon for Hire brings the Paramore sound to the Tooth & Nail set with Scripted, the Decatur, Illinois group’s debut album. Granted, this three-piece is much more than a Paramore clone with all their wit and wordplay, plus lead singer Ariel, who is a mix of powerful and approachable that might very well be the inspiration for the band’s tongue-in-cheek name. Things get layered as “Make a Move” challenges the punk-pop set to trade both angst and apathy for something positive (“Screaming in the dark, while we just play our part/I’ll play right along, like I don’t what’s going on”) while “Up in Flames” goes through a list of reasons Ariel doesn’t want to be on-stage, before admitting that she must, if only to combat the dreck. Christian ideals are the driving force here, but you could look at this as a secular rebellion against the mopey “scene” bands and still thrill at Icon for Hire’s fresh attitude and sense of purpose.

Customer Reviews


My best friend got me into this band. If it wasn't for her, I never would have heard of this band. But now they are my favorite!!!

One Of The Best Lyrical Albums To Date

I've had this album sitting on my iPod for about a year and a half now. All of a sudden, about three weeks ago, I had this urge to listen to it. I've always liked "Iodine", but this time around I really HEARING the lyrics of this album. I love this album start to finish. First off, can people please stop comparing Icon For Hire to Paramore. Actually, stop comparing ANY female fronted band to Paramore. Thank you. I'm not going to waste your time with why ICF is NOT Paramore; listen yourself. The instrumentation of this album is fantastic. The occasionally synth and electronica feel being blended with hard rock drums, guitar and lively bass is fantastic. I have a profound love for Ariel's voice, and her piano parts. However, the real ground breaking factor of this record is the lyrics. Ariel did a brilliant job. I find the lyrics sticking with me for all the right reasons. I wake up and go to sleep with them in my head not because they are catchy, but because of how I FEEL them . Each and every word provkes thought and is incredibly honest. All of the songs have incredible lyrics, but if I had to choose some highlights I would say... The bridge of "The Grey", the entirety of "Get Well", the chorus of "Make A Move, every second of "Only A Memory" , and, of course, "Iodine". Please, if you love honest, real lyrics give this record a listen.


This is a great album, it has really cool, unique sound.


Formed: 2007 in Decatur, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Icon for Hire are an anthemic, guitar-based rock band from Illinois. Formed in Decatur in 2007, Icon for Hire feature vocalist Ariel Bloomer, guitarist Shawn Jump, bassist Josh Kincheloe, and drummer Adam Kronshagen. Although they do not call themselves a Christian rock band, as with their influences U2 and Paramore, many of their songs deal with spiritual themes. Between 2007 and 2009, the band released two EPs and toured much of the Midwest, building a loyal fan following along the way. They released...
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Scripted, Icon for Hire
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Adult Alternative, Music, Rock, Christian & Gospel, CCM
  • Released: Dec 02, 2011

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