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Posted March 12, 2008
By Nathan,


Sanctus Real turned some heads with some of their hits off of their sophomore album Fight the tide, and the first single "I'm not alright" was an instant hit, because many people could relate to the message of the song. The Face of love was a highly anticipate album, but aside from some hits on the radio, it falls into the shadow of Fight the Tide.

The music is pretty much rock, with just a hint of screaming on "I'm not alright", which is not really fair because Sanctus Real did not go over board and the screaming improved the song, over all the song is a solid rock song. A big problem with the face of love is that the chorus kills so many songs, like lighter rock song "eloquent" and the rock song "fly". The first half contains most of the singles, the single and title track "face of love" is light, and is nothing impressive.

The verses of the hit single "don't give up" are excellent, but the so-so refrain makes it an average song. "We are trying" starts nicely but the chorus is just off, and "thank you" is at the very best okay. for being a rock band Sanctus Real doesn't do much rocking on this album, "magnetic" is another example of that, as it does not win any prizes for its music. The album finally finds life in "possibilities" which is an upbeat song that's fun, but it does provoke some head scratching: weren't the medium songs on Fight the Tide this good or better? The light song "Benjamin" has a certain charm to it.

The lyrics are pretty solid, "I'm not alright confesses that people are not alright and they need God. The title track tells us we need be Gods face of love in this world. "Possibilities" discuss doing things while we have time, and "don't give up" encourages us to not quit even when loving people can be hard. Sanctus Real acknowledges God on "magnetic", "eloquent", and "thank you". Also "we are trying" is nice because it refutes the claims that man is basically good.

There are some golden songs among the nice, but simple lyrics, but the music is only so-so music. Maybe we were just spoiled by Fight the Tide's excellence, either way Sanctus Real doesn't do much impressing on Face of Love.

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