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Even Heroes Need A Parachute by This Beautiful Republic Even Heroes Need A Parachute by This Beautiful Republic
This Beautiful Republic is a great new rock band that's fully underrated. Their album isn't thoroughly fantastic, from the first track to the last, but it does give the world something new to listen to....
Letters To the President by Hawk Nelson Letters To the President by Hawk Nelson
The early Hawk Nelson. This is the debut that made them a strong band with a solid fanbase. This entire album is the kind where it can be listened to without skipping to the next. Just about every song...
Five Score And Seven Years Ago by Relient K Five Score And Seven Years Ago by Relient K
This was a disappointing album to listen to, fun to buy, but so very disappointing. Relient K just loses their identity here, with their quirky style just disappearing. Now they are just another rock band...

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the best one | Posted July-26-2007
This is the best Relient K album out of any of them. This was the last of the true RK before they were mainstreamed by Capitol. It's sad to see that this happy little band from Canton, Ohio is now the overproduced and overdone sound of Five Score And Seven Years Ago. This entire record is beyond amazing, from the guitar riffs to the deeper lyrics. Also, Matt Thiessen does a wonderful job carrying the entire thing, writing, singing, performing, etc. He's absolutely the band itself. That's why he could do Matthew Thiessen And The Earthquakes. If you don't know that band, you're not a true RK listener. That's where "Faking My Own Suicide" originated and it's much better than the version on Five Score. The RK that "A Penny Loafer Saved, A Penny Loafer Earned" or "Gibberish" was is the one that created the dedicated fanbase. They're now gone into the superficial music world of secular-ism. This is a rant, I apologize, but this band's sound is gone and it's a tragedy. They were their own genre and stand-out voice. Besides all that, I love this album to death. It's worth every penny you spend, or piracy seconds for that matter.

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why? why is this here? | Posted July-26-2007
Eisley doesn't seem to be christian in the slightest. The most christian aspect of this band is that their album is sold in christian stores. Besides that, this is one of the strongest albums out there and each song has its own story and own solid base. It's a great album and an amazing debut.

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if Avril were a christian girl | Posted July-26-2007
Introducing the christian Avril Lavigne. This girl made a good debut but she also doesn't have a any real distinct quality about her that makes her stand out from Avril Lavigne. It would've been much stronger if she didn't clone every little detail from Avril. That probably has a main blame to the record label though. To promote her, she had to be the Avril of christian music. Now that that's said, this album is still a good chick-rock album. Most the songs can be loved in some way and I'll just leave it at that. A good double of Avril.

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sad and sad but sometimes not | Posted July-26-2007
This was a disappointing album to listen to, fun to buy, but so very disappointing. Relient K just loses their identity here, with their quirky style just disappearing. Now they are just another rock band out there. Each song in this album is overproduced and made simply to please the radio sound and that's it. It does still have deep songs and also good songs so it's not a complete failure. Not their best though.

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wonderful, wonderful | Posted July-26-2007
The early Hawk Nelson. This is the debut that made them a strong band with a solid fanbase. This entire album is the kind where it can be listened to without skipping to the next. Just about every song is catchy and good. Even on their slow songs, they successfully incorporate their roots of guitars and loudness. The majority is fast-paced tracks, but the slow downs are with "From Underneath," "Right Here," and "Take Me," all worthy of listening time too. Aside from those this band likes the listener to just head bang with them, most importantly on the track "Recess," the 50-second rush of true audio adrenaline. They close with "Long and Lonely Road," another rock-infused track, with an echo of the band still in the listener's ears. It's a conclusion that leaves us wanting more. With that, two years later they release their sophomore album; but on that round, their attempt isn't so strong. Letters To The President though is definitely a key in HN's career and, sadly, most likely their strongest one they will release.

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rollercoaster ride, without the throwing up | Posted July-26-2007
This Beautiful Republic is a great new rock band that's fully underrated. Their album isn't thoroughly fantastic, from the first track to the last, but it does give the world something new to listen to. They somewhat break out of the generalized rock and into something more that makes a listener listen twice. Some songs on the record are stronger than others, with catchier riffs and feel. The opening track "Casting Off" is of those particular great songs and continues a streak with the dark "Going Under" and softer "Jesus to the World." It continues into "Right Now," which is pure feel-good rock music. Once onto the fifth track though, it feels a bit shaky and not so strong as the clutter of great songs in the top half of the tracks. It somewhat goes back to the catchy rock with "The Surface," but then loses it again with an attempt for a slow song on "Let's Be Honest." The last half of the album doesn't have the addicting tunes the opening tracks had. It closes with "Cloud Cover," which is an easy song to forget. It can be thrown in with the other thousand rock songs out there and be lost. For any listener willing to listen though, each song can find its way to become addicting. This album has its good and bad, but overall is quite a strong debut

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