Listen to the new album from ‎Jekalyn Carr!
Listen to the new album from ‎Jekalyn Carr!

JFH Staff Review




Sanctus Real
Fight The Tide



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 12 tracks
Street Date: June 15, 2004


Sanctus Real made waves in 2002 with their rocking Sparrow Records national debut Say It Loud. Produced by former Grammatrain frontman Pete Stewart, the Ohio quartet offered up hooky guitar riffs and deliciously catchy song conveniently packaged into one fantastic debut. With expectations high and a new producer, it's been a wonder how Sanctus can top themselves the second time around.

Fight The Tide is a more modest effort, taking a more laid back and artistic approach to their rock sound. The matured songwriting has some Cold Play moments while still managing to hold that Sanctus Real feel. The song's themes are even more focused on relationships with tracks like "The Fight Song," "Alone," and the golden highlight "Change Me."

People looking for a Say It Loud II will be sorely disappointed. Fight The Tide dares to take the band in another musical direction. The rock quartet clearly refuses to be boxed into a genre and more alternative tracks like the retro rock "The Show" and "Closer" are strong efforts that steer the band toward a new identity. It's a bold move for the guys to not continue on in a safe place with an established sound that works for them. While other artists can get by album after album maintaining the same sound, it's nice to see Sanctus stick their necks out here. And while I may miss the driving guitars on tracks like "Nothing To Lose" or "All I Want," Fight The Tide still has plenty of gems to boot. The album even closes out with yet another strong finale in the beautiful and tender ballad "Say Goodbye."

Perhaps it's not as powerful or catchy a record as their debut, but Sanctus Real's Fight The Tide is the bold sophomore effort few artists dare to have. It's another sure-fire Summer hit release!

- Review date: 06/15/04, written by John DiBiase


Listen to the New EP from Life UNLTD!

 


. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: Sparrow Records
. Album length: 12 tracks
. Street Date: June 15, 2004
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Everything About You
  2. The Fight Song
  3. Alone
  4. Things Like You (Everyone's Everything)
  5. Closer
  6. Change Me
  7. The Show
  8. Message
  9. Deeds
  10. You Can't Hide
  11. Where Will They Go
  12. Say Goodbye
spacer Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

           
Listen to the New EP from Life UNLTD!

Search JFH



This Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Heath McNease Notes, Volume 1 - EP (independent)


This Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Andy Mineo Always in a Rush (ft. Mez) - Single [Reach]
Anthony Sallee and Phil Keaggy Blackbird - Single (independent)


This Friday, October 30, 2020
1K Phew Already / Gas You Up - Single [Reach]
Audrey Assad Mortal (Live) - Single (independent)
Mack Brock Your Presence Is A Promise - Single [Capitol CMG]
The Dailys (Jillian Edwards & Ellie Holcomb) Falling Apart - Single [Tone Tree]
DOE DOE - EP [RCA Inspiration]
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Wake Up - Single [StowTown]
for KING & COUNTRY A Drummer Boy Christmas [Curb/Word]
Koryn Hawthorne & Essential Worship The Song Sessions EP [Essential]
Hillsong Worship Take Heart (Again) [Capitol CMG]
Caitie Hurst At All Times - EP [Centricity]
JAG The Longest Road (Remastered) [Girder]
JAG The Only World In Town (Remastered) [Girder]
JAG Fire In the Temple (Remastered) [Girder]
Coby James Homesick - EP [Centricity]
JUDAH. Don't Know If I Believe It (feat. Jon Foreman) - Single [Capitol CMG]
Kings Kaleidoscope Power Perfect EP [Rainbow Records]
The Kingsmen The Wind and Waves Still Know - Single [Horizon]
Tori Kelly Tori Kelly Christmas [Capitol CMG]
LO Worship Compass - Single [LO Records]
My Epic Lower Still (feat. Levi The Poet) - Single [Facedown]
Passion Hope Has A Name [Capitol CMG]
Resistance Resistance EP [Integrity]
Social Club Misfits Feared By Hell [Capitol]
Tenth Avenue North Unplugged For The People (The Acoustic Greatest Hits) [Provident]
True Strength The Mighty Hand of Yahweh [Roxx]
We The Kingdom Light Of The World (Hallelujah) - Single [Capitol CMG]
Tauren Wells Famous For (I Believe) [Sunday A.M. Version] - Single [Provident]
Matthew West Live Before the World Shut Down - EP [Story House]


Next Monday, November 2, 2020
Manic Drive (Vol.1) EP (independent)


Next Friday, November 6, 2020
Cross Point Music Jesus Is King - Single [Centricity]
Open Heaven Triumph [DREAM]
Planetshakers Over It All [Ventur3Media]
Selah Step Into My Story [3Cre8tive]
Joel Vaughn Louder Than The Lies [DREAM]
Vineyard Worship You Speak [Vineyard]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the new single from Anthony Sallee!


  • Image Mulan
    PG-13 (Digital HD)


Enter to win the Lord of the Rings Trilogy 4K SteelBook!