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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Album Review:X2005

Genres:Christian rock

Notes:Album art taken from Amazon.

General thoughts:It has been a long time since it was 2005. In fact, this album turns 10 years old tomorrow. Several of the bands here have since broken up (like Superchick and Underoath). A few other artists (like TobyMac and Relient K) are still going strong today.

This was a spin-off of the WOW hits series, which I've never really been a fan of because there are so many mediocre or just plain bad songs filling them with only a few good tracks. While this isn't quite as bad, there are several weak points that suffer from poor lyrics or are questionable choices for the album's concept.

Overall, there were a few good songs, but not enough to make a great album.

Track Listing

1. More Than Useless by Relient K from the album Mmhmm
Thoughts:This starts things off by reminding you even if you feel like you can't do anything right, there's still hope. It's not a bad song, but there are others from the same album I like better.
2. Hypnotized by Pillar from the album Where Do We Go From Here
Thoughts:Why does everyone seem to be dazed and ignorant nowadays? That's basically what the song is going for. It's not bad, but the lyrics aren't too strong.
3. Gone by TobyMac from the album Welcome To Diverse City
Thoughts:This song (which was also on the 2005 WOW hits) is about a guy who screwed up his relationship and broke his girlfriend's heart, while his friend wonders what he was thinking. Not bad.
4. Break Me by Seventh Day Slumber from the album Once Upon A Shattered Life
Thoughts:This one is about trying to make it through hardship and not letting critics destroy you. It may sound a little cliché, but it's a fairly good song.
5. Exit Calypsan by Falling Up from the album Dawn Escapes
Thoughts:I'm not quite sure what this is about, though I'd guess it's saying dreams are better than reality. Good listen.
6. Everyone Like Me by Thousand Foot Krutch from the album Set It Off
Thoughts:This is a general shout-out to people who feel lonely and lowly. Not bad.
7. Lay Down My Pride by Jeremy Camp from the album Restored
Thoughts:Here, someone's giving everything to God and following Him wholeheartedly. It's a little faster-paced than most Jeremy Camp songs I've heard, though that's not a bad thing.
8. Everything About You by Sanctus Real from the album Fight The Tide
Thoughts:This expresses simple awe at everything God is and does. Worthwhile.
9. It's Like Me by Kutless from the album Sea Of Faces
Thoughts:Do you tend to let opportunities to talk to people about God and salvation just slip by? Not a bad song.
10. Are You Real by KJ-52 from the album Behind The Musik
Thoughts:This is a more rap-oriented track aimed at teens who want to know if God cares. Decent.
11. Reinventing Your Exit by Underoath from the album They're Only Chasing Safety
Thoughts:In come the screamed lyrics about feeling invincible and remembering you're anything but. Not too bad.
12. Detainer by Day Of Fire from the album Day Of Fire
Thoughts:This one suffers from generic lyrics and a mediocre sound. Overall, it's not something that makes you want to hear more.
13. Open Wounds by Skillet from the rerelease of Collide
Thoughts:This is John Cooper's message to his father, wondering why he would be so cruel. Not bad.
14. Out Of Control by John Reuben from the album The Boy Vs. The Cynic
Thoughts:Another track with rap leanings, this time talking about how good it feels to be out of control. Decent.
14. California by Hawk Nelson from the album Letters To The President
Thoughts:This imagines the beach and surf part of California and wants to move there. Not too bad, if a little stereotypical.
15. Bowling Ball by Superchick from the album Beauty From Pain
Thoughts:Some guys just aren't worth a girl's time, no matter how much she might try to convince herself otherwise. Decent song.
16. Sooner Or Later by Switchfoot from the album New Way To Be Human
Thoughts:I don't know why they thought it was a good idea to include this song. It's not that it's a bad song, it's just too subdued to work in a rock compilation. It's also supposed to be from a rerelease of Switchfoot's first three albums (and there is an album and a half's worth of songs from there that would work better for this).
17. Even When by Seven Places from the album Hear Us Say Jesus
Thoughts:This is about your everything being for God. Because of how it's done, I can't get into it. Plus, it's not really a rock-y track and it skipped in places when I put it on iTunes.
18. Let This One Stay by Dizmas from the album On A Search In America
Thoughts:If you're not a fan of screaming in your music, skip this one. If you don't mind it, then this somewhat emotional song about looking for someone (God maybe?) is worth a listen.
19. Apparitions Of Melody by Kids In The Way from the album Apparitions Of Melody
Thoughts:This seems to be about inspiration hitting us all at some point. It's kind of aggressive, and fairly good.
20. Serial Sleepers by House Of Heroes from the album House Of Heroes
Thoughts:This seems to be about how Christians need to speak up more because people out there are suffering. Not great, but it does serve as a good ending.

So if you've heard it, what did you think?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

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