Ace Troubleshooter has certainly made a name for themselves over the course of the past four years. Their self-titled debut made considerable waves in the Christian rock scene. The Madness of the Crowds, their sophomore effort, proved they were a force to be reckoned with. But is Ace's third trip to the studio, again, an improvement over an already winning formula?
It's Never Enough opens with "Ball and Chain," a tune about missing a loved one while the band is away. Any fan of Ace will recognize the familiar pop/punk sound a mile away. This song, and practically the entire disc, follow the same format as The Madness of the Crowds. In fact, most of the songs, if not all, would have fit nicely on their last release.
For the most part, this release stays on the lighter side of things (innocuous love songs and the like), but Ace does not stray from different, more intricate subjects. "My Defense" speaks of dying to yourself and giving your life completely to God. "Set the sights on failing/ Targets, no control/ Grips relax and lose hold/ I lose my defenses at your answers/ and I come all undone with Your gaze." "Anything" deals with the longing for unsaved friends to come to Salvation. "Here, my friend, take some of mine/ It's freely given/ But will cost you everything you have/…I'd do anything, anything at all/ To get you, won't forget you/ On the other side/ Over here."
Ace Troubleshooter does very, very little different on their third outing. It's really not a bad thing at all. However, it's the only real complaint, as well. These guys have improved in the lyrical department in finding new ways to bring depth to the pop/punk genre. Anyone who could not get enough of Ace's last release will probably have the same dilemma upon listening to It's Never Enough.- Review date: 03/21/04, written by Josh Taylor
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