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on December 2, 2011
Wow. What happened, guys? If you're familiar with their heavier material or even their authentic, well-written ballads ("Oceans from the Rain", for instance), this album will disappoint. I listened to this with some hope, based on other reviewers' assurances that this album was more consistent than their previous efforts. To be sure, it is consistent -- consistently uninteresting. The only two enjoyable songs on the entire album are "Missing Pages" and "Undone", and they work because their structure, tone, instrumentation, and passion create something that is a unified whole. That can't be said of the helter-skelter approach to the other songs.
Worse, "Missing Pages" is the odd man out on this album. The lead singer's sorrow-choked tone appears in no other song, and the other songs rarely reach the gut-level honesty displayed here. The other nine songs are trite reformulations of radio-friendly safe music. Conviction is M.I.A, if not K.I.A. With this album, SDS begins down the long road to sellout CCM stardom blazed before them by Kutless.