X 2006 is the newest installation to the 'Christian Rock Hits!' series, and it
pulls a good move on it. Musiclly, it gives a good start with Kutless new hit "Shut Me Out," and
from the start, you have very high hopes. At the end of it, you're expecting a new rock hit,
but it starts up with the first lines of TobyMac's "The Slam" to pull you almost into a culture
shock, but this is a good thing. After the rap interlude you hear a beautiful riff from
Canadian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch which pulls you in through their song "Move" with a simple
thought of not knowing what will come next.
Oddly enough, it slows down for the next few songs that make up this wonderful compilation.
Relient K offers one of their better songs "I So Hate Consequences," and after you get past the
piano ending, you are drawn into the slower part of the CD, starting with Adult Contemporary
masters: Jeremy Camp and Building 429. B429 gives us "Searching For A Savior," while Camp gives
us his hit "Breathe." Then you get the hopes for a rock song, but by the end, Sanctus Real will
want you to slow dance to their new song which displays a bold statement, "I'm Not Alright."
BarlowGirl then throws us into the fast track on this crazy train with their song "5 Minutes of
Fame." The only problem I found here is that the song sounded out of place here, distractingly
like it had just been lifted from their CD. However, the style of the song fits well as Hawk Nelson
gives a preview of their new CD, Smile, It's The End Of The World, with "The One
Thing I Have Left." I found this track to be a real highlight on the compilation despite not being
much of a fan of most of Hawk's material. After Hawk, we arrive at my favorite part on this
wonderfully diverse collection: Falling Up, Day of Fire, Demon Hunter, and my personal favorite,
Underoath. This string of aggressive rock tracks flows beautifully. Falling's "Moonlit" reminds me
of the older stuff from the 90's while Day of Fire gives you a taste of their new album
with "Wake Me." After DOF, Demon Hunter steps up to the plate with a slower track entitled "One
Thousand Apologies." I was ecstatic to find this song included because this was my favorite track
from their lastest project The Triptych. I was hoping for one last hardcore track after
Demon Hunter's contribution and what I got blew my mind. Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath's
shreds his lungs on the final hardcore track, "It's Dangerous Buisness Walking Out Your Front Door."
The aggressive sounds of Underoath flows into the raps of KJ-52 who gets a little help from Trevor McNevan
of Thousand Foot Krutch on his song "Run For Cover." X 2006 seems like it will slow down
from here, but instead, listeners are treated to Superchic[k]'s wonderful song "Suddenly,"
and the hard rock wonder Disciple's runaway hit "The Wait Is Over." I instantlly fell in love
with this song, and after it, the real playlist ends, leaving the bonus tracks from newcomers
Fighting Instinct, Mainstay, and Red.
Besides some minor issues (primarily just one song I didn't like), X 2006 is an
amazing collection of today's rock music in every aspect.
Review date: 7/3/06, written by Matt Neyman for Jesusfreakhideout.com