307. Comatose – Skillet

COMATOSE (2006)

Skillet

Skillet remains one of the consistent bands in Christian music, by being completely inconsistent. Ranging from garage tinged grunge to a more keyboard driven electronica and industrial leanings to anthem rock with string arrangement accompaniment, the band has changed with the times unlike any other. And on “Comatose” it works.

Many earlier fans were disappointed with the shirt from the heavier sound to the more commercial feel, but it appears to be a better fit overall. The songs are big, wall of sound anthems that are concert ready. The themes of despair and reconciliation run throughout the entire project. Loneliness, depression and juxtaposed against hope and grace. This tension works as a running theme quite well.

Musically bombastic and diverse, the band fuses fully orchestrated rock songs with distorted and crunching guitars with soft acoustic piano. The songs are all about the hooks in the choruses. You get the impression that the band want everyone to sing along in concert and them-like approach is used consistently throughout.

I have always wondered why “Those Night” wasn’t picked up by mainstream radio as it would sounded quite natural on a playlist of The Killers and All-American Rejects. Not that it sounds anything like those bands, just that it seems to work well within a similar format. The theme of friendship is repeated here.

The lead track, “Rebirthing,” is the best example of combining the classical string arrangement and heavy rock guitars while “The Last Night” is by far the most memorable and strongest lyrically. The vocal interplay between male and female work as the message of a prayer and reconciliation for the lost and hurting shares a similar interplay.

A strong record from a band that appears to have its stride.

 

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  1. Brian
    November 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Just evolved into a class act. Great artist. Love them.

  2. Jerrid
    November 19, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Great album with lyrics that matched the intensity of the music. Great in concert too.

  3. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    This is one of those albums that I like but I don’t like.. There is something about the vocal delivery (from song to song) that just sounds to repetitive to me. I have not quite put my finger on it. But maybe someday that won’t bother me and I’ll be able to enjoy the album like it should be.

  4. June 7, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Jennifer Knapp and Pat Terry ahead of Skillet’s Comatose? This is one of best CD’s ever produced. All other music sounds like diet music after listening to this CD.

    • low5point
      June 7, 2011 at 6:12 am

      Yep! Almost didn’t include Skillet based on their derivative music and how the last few albums have been the same album repeated over and over. But it was good within its genre and the best they ever produced.

      • January 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        Man, Dave…… I totally agree with this comment.

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