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The highest-charting Christian album on the Billboard charts since 2006, Awake could be tagged as Skillet's mainstream breakthrough on that fact alone. Certainly, the band's monster modern rock does sound like it could slip onto on active rock playlist -- maybe not quite in 2009, but earlier in the decade, when metallic rockers heavy on the guitar downstrokes, and power ballads with chant-along vocals were relatively common. That's not to say that Skillet sounds out-of-step with the times -- there's still a gleam to the Howard Benson production that sounds modern -- and they do mange to imprint their own identity on this sometimes-generic brand of contemporary rock, thanks to their communal vocals, with male and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The highest-charting Christian album on the Billboard charts since 2006, Awake could be tagged as Skillet's mainstream breakthrough on that fact alone. Certainly, the band's monster modern rock does sound like it could slip onto on active rock playlist -- maybe not quite in 2009, but earlier in the decade, when metallic rockers heavy on the guitar downstrokes, and power ballads with chant-along vocals were relatively common. That's not to say that Skillet sounds out-of-step with the times -- there's still a gleam to the Howard Benson production that sounds modern -- and they do mange to imprint their own identity on this sometimes-generic brand of contemporary rock, thanks to their communal vocals, with male and female voices trading off, and skyscraper hooks. Skillet also don't always focus solely on religion, as many of their songs are grounded in inspirational positivity, so that's another reason why Awake finds the band poised to break into the mainstream. [The CD was also released with bonus tracks.]~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678958601
  • Catalog Number: 520970
  • Sales rank: 13,160

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hero (3:06)
  2. 2 Monster (2:58)
  3. 3 Don't Wake Me (3:55)
  4. 4 Awake and Alive (3:31)
  5. 5 One Day Too Late (3:40)
  6. 6 It's Not Me It's You (3:24)
  7. 7 Should've When You Could've (3:31)
  8. 8 Believe (3:50)
  9. 9 Forgiven (3:39)
  10. 10 Sometimes (3:28)
  11. 11 Never Surrender (3:30)
  12. 12 Lucy (3:42)
  13. 13 Dead Inside (2:56)
  14. 14 Would It Matter (4:12)
  15. 15 Monster (2:59)
  16. 16 [Cd-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Skillet Primary Artist
Howard Benson Keyboards
Korey Cooper Keyboards, Group Member
John L. Cooper Bass, Vocals
John Cooper Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Jonathan Chu Violin
Ben Kasica Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Jen Ledger Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Benjamin Judah Kasica Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Howard Benson Producer
Paul DeCarli Digital Editing
Ted Jensen Mastering
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer
Korey Cooper Composer, Programming, String Arrangements
John L. Cooper Composer
Gavin Brown Composer
John Cooper Composer, String Arrangements
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki Engineer
Brian Howes Composer
Marc VanGool Guitar Techician
Mark Obriski Art Direction
Anthony Delia Marketing Consultant
David Lee Bassett Composer
Jon Nicholson Drum Technician
Zachary Kelm Executive Producer, Management
Kristie Borgmann Art Manager
David Bassett Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I <3 Skillet!

    ever since i heard skillet 3 years ago they have surprised me everytime. Awake is similar to Comatose in many ways, but it also has a message to present to its listeners. Even though the message is different from previous albums, it inspires and emotionally moves its listeners and newer listeners. when i got comatose and listened to it over and over, i hoped for another hit album. and here it is. Awake is so moving, even the bonus tracks are as good as the rest of the album. This is a definate buy and five stars all the way! :)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Lyrics!

    Skillet once again delivers a nice mix of sound, and lyrics that you can relate to. I love "Monster" and "Awake and Alive"....the vocals and the heart behind each track really show as they sing. You gotta go buy this CD, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Comatose-ish

    I've heard some of it and of course it's going to be a good album (it's Skillet!) but it sounds kinda like Comatose. Of course I loved Comatose so that's fine with me. Plus, there are more slower songs in this album, which isn't nessacarily a bad thing. Definately a must buy though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Masterpiece by Skillet

    Although sometimes hard to get past the name, Skillet is not only one of the best Christian bands, but one of the best bands out there....period. Excellent songwriting, musicianship and a well of sound define their presence on the music scene. Awake is an excellent follow up to their very successful Comatose. With "Awake" Skillet takes another step forward in their musical progression. The album has the usual great mix of nice melodies, crunchy guitars, great orchestration and a wall of sound. The band has a new drummer, the young and talented Jen Ledger. Jen is more active behind the kit than the previous drummer, which helps drive this album more. This is really noticeable on songs such as "Dead Inside" and "Hero". All in all there are only 2-3 weak songs on the album, the rest are excellent. And of course they all deliver challenging messages such as dealing with the death of a loved one, one's own importance to others around them and of course one's relationship with Christ. I highly recommend this album for any who enjoys great rock with a positive message.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Can't Wait!

    Skillet is one of my absolute favorite mainstream Christian rock/alternatice bands, and I can hardly wait for this new album to come out next week! I have already heard a couple of songs from it, and they're great! This album is going to be really good, I just know it. I am going right out next week when it releases to buy it, at which time I will come back here and confirm how great it likely is! XD

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