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Skillet - Awake



Average User Rating: 6.81 out of 10
Total votes: 21 (Click here to vote)
Total comments: 30

01. Hero
02. Monster
03. Don't Wake Me
04. Awake and Alive
05. One Day Too Late
06. It's Not Me It's You
07. Should've When You Could've
08. Believe
09. Forgiven
10. Sometimes
11. Never Surrender
12. Lucy


Posted on 04-24-2012 by jacksonplayer93
I am a huge skillet fan and I can proudly say that I own all albums...until we get to this one :/.
Hero is amazing and I love that song, but overall it's just bland and uninteresting. I'm used to great lyrics that draw you in and complicated guitar riffs, but all that was missing in this album. I do like that Jen gets to sing however. I don't know about all their other male fans but I have a huge love affair with her, and hearing her sing makes my day. I hope skillet does some amazing things with their new album, or I will be very disappointed

Posted on 05-16-2010 by Darkhyperchaos
4/10. Major disappointment, even the bonus songs on the deluxe edition don't save it. There's not a single song I really like, what happened to the intense nu metal of Collide? Or the epic sound featured to Comatose? Even the industrial sound of Alien Youth would have been way better than this watered down rock, it sounds way too much like Nickel Back too.

I'm shocked that John Cooper listened to his work this time around and though that this was worthy Skillet, because it's not even close.

Posted on 09-05-2009 by earlessdog
Suggested guide for voting
10 - Amazing CD. Everyone should own it.
9 - Among the best of the year.
8 - One of the top CDs around, but could have been improved in a few places.
7 - Not a bad CD, but could have been better in a number of places.
6 - Pretty good for it's genre, but overall it's only acceptable.
5 - Decent CD, but only if you're a big fan of this genre.
4 - If you love this band, you'll like this CD. Otherwise, probably not.
3 - If you're a fan of this genre, the CD is barely acceptable.
2 - If you're a big fan of this band, this CD is tolerable.
1 - Even if you like this band, you won't like this CD.

Posted on 09-06-2011 by christrocker00
Awesome 10 out of 10 best album yet

Posted on 09-07-2009 by bravesfan007
I threw a five down simply because I thought it was mediocre compared to the ones in the past. They built this one up to be something great and I was expecting so much more. It just didn't have the raw passion that the others have had.

Posted on 09-07-2009 by DKelly
I've had extensive exposure to this CD over the past couple of weeks. Based on that, I'm gonna have to give this a 4. And that's kind of pushing it, in my opinion.

I think I only enjoyed two, maybe three songs on the entire album. The intensity and energetic feel that I've always loved about the band has all but disappeared here. The lyrics, at times, are very uninspired and lazy. I just can't believe the band that made albums like their self-titled CD and [i]Hey You, I Love Your Soul[/i] (heck, even [i]Collide[/i]) would make an album like this. The only part I thought was fairly cool was hearing the new drummer get some singing bits.

In the end, I think die-hard Skillet fans will probably find something to like about it, but honestly, I firmly believe this is Skillet's worst album thus far.

Posted on 10-20-2009 by tmlfan123
[QUOTE=DKelly;3462758]In the end, I think die-hard Skillet fans will probably find something to like about it, but honestly, I firmly believe this is Skillet's worst album thus far.[/QUOTE]

Agreed. I'm going with a 5.

Don't Wake Me, Awake & Alive, Believe, and Forgiven are the only songs worth listening to on this album. Maybe Lucy depending on your mood. Hero is a serviceable drum-along. One Day Too Late is the biggest Nickelback ripoff since Theory of a Deadman released their latest album.

Posted on 10-20-2009 by fendeanson
It's ok... I gave it a 7. I really was expecting better. "Hero" is good... I'm still not sure if I like "Monster" or if it is the dumbest song I've ever heard in my life. I love "one day to late"

Posted on 10-20-2009 by Fandrew
Seeing these songs performed live is worthy of a 9 or 10. Hearing the songs on the cd is a 6. There's very little passion, a rather pessimistic tone, and not much to really get excited about.

Also, it bothers me that one song has the lyrics "don't wake me", while the very next song says "wake me up". Personal pet peeve

Posted on 10-20-2009 by tmlfan123
[QUOTE=fendeanson;3476059]It's ok... I gave it a 7. I really was expecting better. "Hero" is good... I'm still not sure if I like "Monster" or if it is the dumbest song I've ever heard in my life. I love "one day to late"[/QUOTE]

Monster is the dumbest song you've ever heard in your life.

Posted on 10-21-2009 by nbfan
They have a habit of putting out albums that have one song that makes you think "what the heck was that" ("Vapor", "Better Than Drugs", etc), I think "Monster" fits into that. The album's okay, but the new drummer's voice kind of annoys me. Skillet never made the same record twice for a long time before this one, and this one relies too much on the success of "Comatose" I think.

Posted on 10-21-2009 by Reno Rattler
[QUOTE=tmlfan123;3476095]Monster is the dumbest song you've ever heard in your life.[/QUOTE]

[I]Monster[/I] has been seeing quite a bit of play on my local Secular rock station.

I hate that song. Nickleback and Three Days Grace together for one song!

Posted on 11-03-2009 by tmlfan123
[QUOTE=Tallahassee;3476175][I]Monster[/I] has been seeing quite a bit of play on my local Secular rock station.

I hate that song. Nickleback and Three Days Grace together for one song![/QUOTE]

Thank God they haven't found Skillet around here. Skillet's best songs are never the "big" songs, although Rebirthing was decent(off Comatose).

Posted on 11-03-2009 by monkeysmile
7. I hate not being able to give it a 10, like I would other Skillet albums. ;) This CD is a lot like Comatose obviously, only weaker I think in lyrics, guitar, drumming, bass, etc. I listen to the CD quite a bit just, and right now my favorites are Hero, Monster and Believe, but none of the content is up to par with what they've put out in the past. It disappointed me that Cooper said in a studio video that it was going to be some of the heaviest stuff they had recorded, and it was the opposite. I hope next album they go back to something along the lines of Invincible and Collide mixed, but that won't happen, because they want the popularity of modern rock ballads.

Posted on 11-04-2009 by BenWahrman
Okay, I'm not going to sugarcoat it, this CD is weak. There, that's said, now for the nitty-gritty.

Awake had so much potential. Skillet just came off of one of their best-received albums in Comatose and had seemed to find a balance between the techo-rock of Alien Youth and the hard metal-esque edge of Collide. They were poised to make the leap into music imortality (Okay, maybe not). Unfortunately, both of those CDs, and even Comatose, are far superior to this one. Awake, pure and simple, does not live up to either its hype, or even its potential.

The number one symptom? Something I'll call "ballad overload". Unlike Comatose, which had a good balance of slower songs to the driving rock anthems, or Collide, which only had two slow songs out of 10 or 11, this CD crawls with them. Looking at the track list, there really aren't that many ballads on the CD. It just seems like there are, because the CD itself crawls along like a dying squirrel on one good leg.

Are there good songs? Sure. Hero is a bit underwhelming, but solid, Awake And Alive makes good use of Jen Ledger's voice and the same string backing that made Comatose so epic, and Lucy, if listened to in the right mood, is a tearful ballad, easily the best on the CD. But what makes the CD so poor an effort, especially from Skillet, is the writing.

Skillet's trademarks are John Cooper's voice and his in-your-face, unashamed writing, brutally honest and crisp in an industry of cliche. Well, John's voice is still here, albeit sounding more growly and even studio-layered than ever before. But his writing, with the exceptions of Lucy and Forgiven and perhaps Believe, has dissolved into cliche and "mainstreaming". One listen to It's Not Me, It's You or Should've When You Could've tells the story. They just aren't very good songs. They lack all of the passion and edge that makes Skillet Skillet. Perhaps they'd be better live, but I doubt it. Showmanship, no matter how good, can't make up for bad writing.

Hopefully, we'll be able to look back on Awake as a hiccup, a bump in the road for Skillet. But, as it is, I'll have to give this one a 4.

Posted on 11-04-2009 by Sean
[QUOTE=tmlfan123;3476036]AOne Day Too Late is the biggest Nickelback ripoff since Theory of a Deadman released their latest album.[/QUOTE]
Huh? THe song sounds like the ballads on Comatose. It didn't at all remind me of Nickelback.

Posted on 11-04-2009 by Sean
[QUOTE=BenWahrman;3481585]The number one symptom? Something I'll call "ballad overload". Unlike Comatose, which had a good balance of slower songs to the driving rock anthems, or Collide, which only had two slow songs out of 10 or 11, this CD crawls with them. Looking at the track list, there really aren't that many ballads on the CD. It just seems like there are, because the CD itself crawls along like a dying squirrel on one good leg.[/quote]
The problem is that there are too many ballads, but at the same time, there aren't that many ballads?

Posted on 11-04-2009 by tmlfan123
[QUOTE=Sean;3481638]Huh? THe song sounds like the ballads on Comatose. It didn't at all remind me of Nickelback.[/QUOTE]

I don't know why it doesn't remind you of Nickelback, but all I can hear in this song is a cheap remix of "If Today Was Your Last Day", "Gotta Be Somebody", and "I'd Come For You".

Posted on 11-04-2009 by bravesfan007
I wonder if part of the reason we're all displeased with this album is because of the hype build up. It hit me today at lunch, they debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts of all albums regardless of genre. Then, it sank. I bought the album the week it came out because I thought it was going to be great. They told me it was going to be great and I bit into it.

Posted on 11-04-2009 by BenWahrman
[QUOTE=Sean;3481654]The problem is that there are too many ballads, but at the same time, there aren't that many ballads?[/QUOTE]

It just seems like there are more ballads than there are. Most of the songs fall into the muddy water between Skillet's rock, such as Forsaken or Whispers In the Dark, which is most often superb, and their soft ballads, like Yours To Hold. It's like they couldn't decide whether to make this a ballad record or a rock record. And, as a big (read: HUGE) fan of Collide, I automatically hear them as being closer to the ballad side. It's most likely just my personal taste. Two slow songs or even three is okay, IMO, but if you're going to do a rock record, do a ROCK RECORD. Don't make me question which songs are which.

[QUOTE=bravesfan007;3481902]I wonder if part of the reason we're all displeased with this album is because of the hype build up. It hit me today at lunch, they debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts of all albums regardless of genre. Then, it sank. I bought the album the week it came out because I thought it was going to be great. They told me it was going to be great and I bit into it.[/QUOTE]

And it came right around to bite you (and me) in the hand that paid for it.

Posted on 11-04-2009 by Sean
[QUOTE=tmlfan123;3481808]I don't know why it doesn't remind you of Nickelback, but all I can hear in this song is a cheap remix of "If Today Was Your Last Day", "Gotta Be Somebody", and "I'd Come For You".[/QUOTE]
The disconnect is probably that I gave up on Nickelback about 5 years ago, and you listed a bunch of songs from their last album which I try to ignore it's existence.

Posted on 11-04-2009 by Sean
[QUOTE=bravesfan007;3481902]I wonder if part of the reason we're all displeased with this album is because of the hype build up. It hit me today at lunch, they debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts of all albums regardless of genre. Then, it sank. I bought the album the week it came out because I thought it was going to be great. They told me it was going to be great and I bit into it.[/QUOTE]
Hype can over sell something new or different, but a 15 year old band disappoints when they release a weak album.

Posted on 11-04-2009 by tmlfan123
[QUOTE=Sean;3481938]The disconnect is probably that I gave up on Nickelback about 5 years ago, and you listed a bunch of songs from their last album which I try to ignore it's existence.[/QUOTE]

:) Fair enough. I worked in an office with the radio on all summer, so...

Posted on 11-05-2009 by relient nelson
I haven't listened to this album enough to rate it... but honestly, I haven't heard a song that I liked. I've actually hated everything I've heard from this album.

Posted on 11-06-2009 by DKelly
[QUOTE=Sean;3482025]Hype can over sell something new or different, but a 15 year old band disappoints when they release a weak album.[/QUOTE]

I agree. You'd really think a band who's been around that long and have released a number of well-acclaimed albums would know better than to release a huge misstep like this.

Posted on 11-06-2009 by monkeysmile
I think Atlantic Records may be playing a part in Skillet watering out to more radio friendly rock.

Posted on 11-06-2009 by LesPaulPlayer
[QUOTE=monkeysmile;3482828]I think Atlantic Records may be playing a part in Skillet watering out to more radio friendly rock.[/QUOTE]



I Can't agree more. It started with comatose and got worse.


I give this album a 4 or maybe a 5. "Hero" is the only song that reminds me of "good" skillet. it's kind of epic like Comatose. monster is just one of those [IMG]http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/images/smilies/willy_nilly.gif[/IMG] songs. Like better than drugs. it's like Ben came up with some awesome riff and they had no lyrics for it so they just thought something up so they could use it. Awake and Alive is like a ramped up version of some of the ballady stuff on comatose. the rest is garbage imho.

hopefully they can fix this huge misstep with their next album.

Posted on 11-08-2009 by Davomann
I'm hugely disappointed with this album. When John said on "Comatose Comes Alive" that he liked power ballads, he wasn't kidding. To me, almost every song sounds the same. They're heading in the Nickelback direction, but I kinda feared that they would do this after getting more than a bit sick of a couple of the songs from Comatose and knowing that they were signed to a major label now.

I like [U]Awake and Alive[/U] and [U]Hero[/U], but I just can't bring myself to listen to the rest again. [U]Lucy[/U] is ok too i guess, but I've heard much better attempts at tear-jerkers at the end of albums recently than that (Things Left Unsaid by Disciple from Scars Remain:yep:), so I guess it just doesn't seem as good to me.

John's voice this time round sounds grittier than usual, but not in a good way - it sounds like he's trying to make it extra-hoarse intentionally, because the producer told him to or something, and it makes it sound fake and manufactured, as well as (for me, being a singer) very painful. I just can't listen to his voice on this record. It really bugs me, maybe more than it should.

The chord progressions sound very generic and samey throughout the whole album, which I think is partly where the Nickelback thoughts are stemming from.

And, also the Lyrics are stupid too. I mean, we all write crap stuff sometimes, but not a whole album's-worth at once. Surely they must have had some better lyrics than that somewhere that they could have put on the album instead?

Overall, I just can't listen to this album, but I gave it a 5 because I think that the uber-panheads out there will like it, particularly if they liked the ballady stuff from Comatose

Posted on 11-09-2009 by tmlfan123
[QUOTE=Davomann;3483912][U]Lucy[/U] is ok too i guess, but I've heard much better attempts at tear-jerkers at the end of albums recently than that (Things Left Unsaid by Disciple from Scars Remain:yep:), so I guess it just doesn't seem as good to me.[/QUOTE]

:yep:

[QUOTE=Davomann;3483912]The chord progressions sound very generic and samey throughout the whole album, which I think is partly where the Nickelback thoughts are stemming from.[/QUOTE]

:yep:

[QUOTE=Davomann;3483912]And, also the Lyrics are stupid too. I mean, we all write crap stuff sometimes, but not a whole album's-worth at once. Surely they must have had some better lyrics than that somewhere that they could have put on the album instead?[/QUOTE]

:yep:

[QUOTE=Davomann;3483912]Overall, I just can't listen to this album, but I gave it a 5 because I think that the uber-panheads out there will like it, particularly if they liked the ballady stuff from Comatose[/QUOTE]

:yep:

Pretty much exactly my thoughts. I can still listen to it, because while I like it when they're original, I can appreciate the occasional four-chord song as well.

Posted on 12-16-2011 by bbj40
Hero was a good song from this album


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