Listen to the new album by Clare Bell!
Listen to the new album by Clare Bell!

JFH Music Review




Kutless
Hearts Of The Innocent



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 12 tracks: 44 minutes, 05 seconds
Street Date: March 21, 2006


Just over a year after releasing their hugely successful Strong Tower, Kutless is back with release number four, in the form of Hearts of the Innocent. As the former was a bit of a side project to let the band play some modern worship fare, Hearts of the Innocent is the true follow up to 2004's Sea of Faces, which served as their sophomore release. In addition, it served as the album that made them big. True, they were the fastest selling debut artist in Tooth & Nail history, but Sea of faces put them on the map in CCM, and gave them massive mainstream appeal. The release of Strong Tower only furthered the fervor, and now the pressure is on to continue building the momentum that seemingly has no end and release another winning record.

While their debut was edgier, Sea of Faces was much more laid back and radio friendly. Hearts of the Innocent tries to take elements of both releases. Though it is melodic for the most part, on more than one occasion it intensifies (Even reaching somewhat of a "hardcore climax" with the opening riff of "Million Dollar Man"). Still, it's Kutless. If you liked previous entries in the Kutless library, you will no doubt enjoy this. If you were hesitant or uninterested, nothing about Hearts of the Innocent will in any way change your mind. Growth is apparent, but it simply sounds done before. And taking into account that Kutless never really sounded that original in the first place, with Jon Micah's Creed-ish vocals and crunching dropped D tuning, it's hard for moderates to stay interested.

However, there is still a valid point to be made concerning Kutless' popularity. These guys know how to write a song that appeals to people. Micah still struggles a bit when it comes to lyrics (A few moments on the record are just awkward), but for the most part, improvement is seen as clear as day; and a lot of the songs hit home. And with four albums under their belt now, they have made a somewhat generic sound their own. It may seem redundant and done before, or it might sound like Kutless, depending on your outlook.

Kutless fans can rejoice, and naysayers can again voice their disapproval. It's still Kutless, love them or hate them. Though noticeable improvements have been made, it's still Kutless, and there really is no other way to put it. That said, Hearts of the Innocent is their best record to date, and it'll be interesting to see where they go from here.

- Review date: 03/19/06, written by Josh Taylor



(JFH Sponsor Spot)

Check out the new album from Rev Music!

 

CD

Buy This CD Online


. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: BEC Recordings
. Album length: 12 tracks, 44 minutes and 05 seconds
. Street Date: March 21, 2006
. Buy It: Amazon.com - Regular Edition
. Buy It: Amazon.com - Special Edition

  1. Hearts of the Innocent
  2. Shut Me Out
  3. Beyond the Surface
  4. Smile
  5. Promise of a Lifetime
  6. Winds of Change
  7. Somewhere in the Sky
  8. Mistakes
  9. Push Me Away
  10. Changing World
  11. Million Dollar Man
  12. Legacy
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)

 

 

              
Check out the new album from Rev Music!

Search JFH




This Friday, May 13, 2022
ALBUMS
Charles Billingsley The Shadow of Your Smile [Club44 Records]
Brandon Lake HELP! [Tribl]
Crystal Lewis Together We Can (independent)
Local Sound To the King - EP [Integrity]
Mac Powell New Creation (Live EP) [Capitol CMG]
Various Artists Centricity Worship And Friends - EP [Centricity Worship]
Vineyard Worship Breathe In, Sing Out - EP [Integrity]

SINGLES
Benjamin Hastings Anyway - Single [Capitol CMG]
Andy Hunter Hallowed (feat. Hanna Glover) - Single (independent)
Sandra McCracken I Will Sing - Single [Integrity]
Tauren Wells Come Home - Single [Capitol CMG]


Next Friday, May 20, 2022
ALBUMS
Bryan & Katie Torwalt I've Got Good News [Capitol CMG]
Amanda Cook State of the Union [Provident]
DeGarmo and Key No Turning Back Live (1982) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key Mission of Mercy (1983) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key Communication (1984) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key Commander Sozo (1985) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key Streetlight (1986) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key D&K (1987) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key The Pledge (1989) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
Gateway Worship Español Grande Y Fiel (Great And Faithful) [Gateway/Integrity]
Watashi Wa People Like People [Tooth & Nail]

For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the New EP by Iryne Rock!




Sign up for a JFH Indie Review