After another FM Static album, anxious Thousand Foot Krutch fans must immediately ask that necessary question, "So when will the next TFK record be out?" Well, one year, a month, and sixteen days later we get the absolute finished product of TFK's next album. Of course, they've been hard at work with heavy schedules and touring, but they seem to nail every new release, successfully get their messages out, and continue to impress their listeners with new mature sounds. The Flame In All Of Us is no exception.
This project shows glimpses of a few different topics and some more mellow tunes than what we're used to hearing from the Canadian rock band. However, the first song speaks its own volumes on this record. "The Flame In All Of Us" really shows the passion and heart into what Trevor and the boys have been creating these past two years. At its first listen, most will enjoy what they hear and will become even more excited for what the rest of the album will offer. Fans who have seen them at spring shows and summer festivals have already gotten a taste of this one as well as "Falls Apart," which is like the catchy hard rock "Move" of The Flame.... It's got an aggressive hook, and the energy fans have come to expect from the band.
"What Do We Know" offers a softer side to TFK on this new album, which will still catch the hearts of the listeners with a children's chorus nearing the end of the track. Lyrically, the song addresses how, despite what you believe, huge catastrophic events will make anyone sit down and realize that we're not in control. The worshipful "My Home" reminds us about God's presence during even the desolate, lonely times in life. The song states, "I've done a few things, I wasn't proud of, Might of said a few things that hurt you, But you're still the only one, who fills me up." It's one of a few softer, more mellow tunes than what you'd expect to find on a Thousand Foot Krutch record, but is a great new feel to one of TFK's new "power rock ballads."
"My Own Enemy" begins with a mysterious scat of lyrics that would remind any old fan of their earlier work. "Learn To Breathe" is another slower rock tune expressing the lack of commitment to anything from this generation. "InHuman" is a personal favorite on the disc because it includes a variety of elements of a grungy rock tune with raw screaming vocals throughout the first half of the song. The bridge and melodic lines just top it off as Trevor McNevan sings "I'm alive, because You touched me, take away the things that crush me, No one else can save me like You do, You're in human."
We'll find "Wish You Well," to quiet the mood (momentarily) at the end of the album. It's a lovely song about personal connection and standing beside someone whom you support and love. But then the tempo picks up before the closure with "The Last Song," a sing along hidden track with a steady guitar and drum beat which was compiled near the end of the writing process. It was kind of unnerving to hear this song for the first time at the end of this album (that is, if you read into it too much), but for now, we'll treat it in it's literal context and note it as the last song on this superb rock album.- PReview date: 8/25/07, Reviewed: 9/17/07; written by Patrick Anderson
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