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Skillet recently made headlines when their last album, Awake, became one of just three rock albums to be certified platinum in 2012, forming an improbable triumvirate with the Black Keys’ El Camino and Mumford & Sons’ Babel. The news that Skillet had sold more than a million albums in the U.S. came as a shock to all but the band’s wildly diverse horde of fans, male and ... Read more in Amazon's Skillet Store

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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B002FZL94Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hero
2. Monster
3. Don't Wake Me
4. Awake And Alive
5. One Day Too Late
6. It's Not Me It's You
7. Should've When You Could've
8. Believe
9. Forgiven
10. Sometimes
11. Never Surrender
12. Lucy

Editorial Reviews

Skillet's eighth studio album, Awake, recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson, is set for an August 25, 2009 release. The album will contain 12 tracks, including 'Hero' and 'Monster' which were added to their live set during their Comatose Tour 2009.

Customer Reviews

I really like all the songs on the cd.
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The music rocks and I highly recommend the CD.
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Its music that sends out great messages.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By C.W. Fitch on August 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Skillet's first studio offering since 2006's "Comatose" comes firing out of the box with both barrels, with more of the crunchy, head pumping arena-rock sound and power ballad goodness fans have come to love over the last several years from the Memphis crew.

There are several similarities between this album and "Comatose"; most obvious is the sound. Stylistically "Awake" seems to be a continuation of "Comatose"; more than likely it's what the guys were looking for, and they got it right once again. From the first few songs, it's evident that John Cooper and co. are going by the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy. The only real differences are the near-absence of the prevalent violins from most of the "Comatose" playlist (apparently to make room for more guitars) and the trading of female vocal duties from John's wife Korey to drummer Jen Ledger. The themes surrounding the songs will take you back to 2006 as well, as once again the crew wail splendidly about forgiveness (obviously found in "Forgiven"), overcoming adversity ("Never Surrender"), renewal of faith, and living each moment as if there were no tomorrow ("One Day Too Late", which could pass for the next chapter of "The Older I Get"). Skillet also spend a couple of tender moments discussing relationships; "Don't Wake Me" waxes poetic about a guy trying to hold on to the relationship he apparently messed up, while "Lucy" pays a somber visit to the grave of a lost-too-soon love. The tongue-in-cheek "Should've When You Could've" breaks up the mood a little, though, with a dismissing anthem to cheating ex-girls everywhere.
While it seems the central theme of this album is renewal, as on "Comatose" there are a couple of dark moments within as well.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric D on February 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that when I first heard the hit single "Monster," I didn't like it. I thought it sounded like the rest of the lame radio-rock crop (mainly Three Days Grace). Over time though, it grew on me, as did this band. I first heard them in '04 or so, when "Savior" was all over the radio. I got the album (Collide) from a friend and played it here and there for a few years, never getting that into it. However, this past fall, I rediscovered this band and decided to check out their current works. Enter Awake, their latest collection of tunes. Sure, they aren't that groundbreaking, but in this over-saturated music market, who really is? The fact is that the songs are pleasing to the ear and that's all that matters.

The album begins with "Hero," a rockin' song with a killer chorus. Interesting to note, however, is that the verses are the strongest point of the song, with well-written vocal melodies backed up by an insanely cool guitar riff. This is also where we are introduced to new drummer/backing vocalist Jen Ledger, who shines in both departments, meshing well with the band's sound and contrasting perfectly with lead singer John Cooper's grittier vocal style. The song's bridge is nothing short of a masterpiece, as is doesn't completely fly the listener away from the rest of the song, but doesn't leave you on the ground, bored of the same riff you've heard for two and a half minutes like most bands. After this is "Monster," a pounding rock song that also helps show off Cooper's rough yet strangely warming vocal tone.

"One Day Too Late," although not very musically exciting, is a lyrical masterpiece, with Cooper proclaiming his decision to work harder to change the world in a positive way TODAY, because tomorrow may be "one day too late.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Geraets on December 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a longtime Skillet fan, and only ever listened to Collide before hearing Awake. I heard the tracks 'Monster' and 'Awake and Alive' on the radio, and enjoyed them enough to hunt the physical album down. I found 'Hero' to be a moderately pleasing opening track, and enjoyed the two singles upon hearing them again. In fact, I was enjoying this album up until I heard 'It's Not Me It's You'. The track is so bitter, even for a harder rock song, that I ended skipping through the rest of it. And, really, that was my assessment of the rest of the album. I kept skipping over tracks after a minute or so in simply because I found the music tiring and the lyrics, in some cases, insipid. Hearing the vocalist insist 'You're gonna miss my love, girl / You should, it would've been so good' ('Should've When You Could've) and 'I went to bed I was thinking about you / It ain't the same since I'm living without you' ('Don't Wake Me') made me grit my teeth, not to mention that one should not rhyme 'you' with 'you'.

Overall, I found Awake to be a mediocre album at best, and an unfortunate album with 'potential' written all over it at worst. There are some good tracks, notably the two lead singles, 'Monster' and 'Awake and Alive', and I found myself enjoying 'One Day Too Late' more for it's lyrical content than the music. I understand that Skillet is (perhaps was, I'm unclear) a Christian-identified rock band, and I realize that religion influences some of their lyrics, but most of the words seem flat and without much meaning. It's a pity, because, again, there is a lot of potential here, and I was really hoping for a good solid rock album to get me through December. Unfortunately, I'll have to look elsewhere.
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