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.JFH Reader Review: Review date: 7/3/06, written by Matt Neyman for Jesusfreakhideout.com
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