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A small breakdown of the songs:
The Feeling - Great way to open the album, but it was too short.
Sleeping City - Great instrumental, but again it was too short.
TKTYA - Best song on the album, period. They didn't make this the title track for nothing. One of the best songs I've ever heard them play live as well. Def get this one.
TDATC - Would have been an even better song if they would have went with diff riffs/lines, but the bridge right before the breakdown [and the breakdown itself] near the end are awesome. Get this one.
Complete - I prefer the radio version cuz it's shorter and packs more of an emotional punch.
The Rescue - Great song, great vocals, great breakdown. Get this one.
Promise You - Great song that gives me chills [esp during the soloing] every time. Def get this one.
Guiding Me Home - I thought this was gonna be another 'All The Words'-type ballad, but I was pleasantly surprised when they took it in a diff direction. Get this one.
Overcoming Me - The only part I like about this song is the SHORT breakdown near the end. If they would have went with diff riffs/lines in this one, it prolly would have been better received by me.Read more ›
So how exactly does this "new" Kutless sound? In a word: amazing.
Certainly, you can tell that at the core this is still the same Kutless we know and love. However, this is far and away their most experimental and mature album released to date. The integration of new guitarist DePartee into the fold has brought a decidedly different sound to the band's music. I hate to describe it as "arena rock" because that almost always implies the 80's hair metal cheese factor, but it's easy to see what the band had in mind when writing these songs: to simply rock each and every arena they perform them in.
The album kicks off with "The Feeling," a short but tasty track that is more or less a call to arms for Kutless fans to come together and rock out for Christ. This track was available for free download from the band's website for a while, and it sounds like nothing they've ever done before. The instrumental piece "Sleeping City" follows, and although it too is rather short it is also beautiful and somewhat haunting at the same time.Read more ›
Like always, Kutless's Christ-centred lyrics are at the forefront and singer Jon Micah Sumrall's voice is full of emotional delivery and passion. Also at the center of the music is some dynamic string arrangements which dominate a majority of the tracks. The use of strings is quite reminicent of some of the more recent music by bands like Skillet.
Nearly every track on "To Know That You're Alive" is a standout. Among the many highlights are the title track and it's instrumental prelude "Sleeping City", "Complete", "The Rescue", "Guiding me Home" and the neo-progressive "Dying to Become" which is quite unlike anything Kutless has ever done.
Hands down, this is yet another solid album from Kutless. The band has definitely has turned a corner with this album and has displayed a wealth of new musical ideas without compromising their Christ-centered message.
"To Know That You're Alive" could very well be Kutless's best album to date.
1. "The Feeling" - 2:24 - 5 stars - A short upbeat track.
2. "Sleeping City" - 1:10 - 4 stars - short piano track that leads nicely into track 3.
3. "To Know That You're Alive" - 3:15 - 5 stars - I really enjoy this song.
4. "The Disease & The Cure" - 3:51 - 5 stars - My favorite song off the album, has an awesome breakdown and rift at 2:36.
5. "Complete" - 3:42 - 5 stars - Maybe it will be overplayed, but it is a great song.
6. "The Rescue" - 4:05 - 5 stars - Has some sweet parts through out it!
7. "Promise You" - 3:34 - 4 stars
8. "Guiding Me Home" - 3:05 - 5 stars - Classic Kutless soft song!
9. "Overcoming Me" - 2:59 - 4 stars
10. "I Do Not Belong" - 3:00 - 5 stars
11. "Loud" - 2:35 - 5 stars - I love how this song starts, though I do think they could have made this song even better.
12. "Dying To Become" - 3:57 - 5 stars
13. "You" - 3:14 - 5 stars
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes, it did seen them in concert, they didn't have this one, but trying to buy all of themPublished 18 months ago by Darrell Kooima
Saw them in concert a few weeks back. Awesome show. Bought the album, awesome album. Hard to believe they come from Portland Oregon.Published on May 8, 2013 by Alex Kahn
Here in this great album Kutless shows a variety of rythms, is recommended for those who wants rock and in the same time worship the Lord!Published on March 18, 2012 by salommonica
Listen to this album, especially when your feeling down or full of problems. It worked for me.Published on August 17, 2010 by Jose G. Rivera
Love all of it except for a little screemo part in a song or two, but without that it's a wonderful CD.Published on June 4, 2010 by JZ
Great album. We bought Sea of Faces at the same time, and love them both.Published on May 3, 2010 by Umblevable
I've been a huge Kutless fan since album 1. This CD is by far and away the worst effort to date by this amazingly talented band. Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by Edward Ross
This is close to being my all-time favorite album but it just falls short behind their second album Sea Of Faces. Read morePublished on December 4, 2009 by Dayne Black
First, I'm really only reviewing the first four songs on this album because a friend gave the CD which he had used before so all the other songs skip. Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by D. Christensen