I’m not the type of person to go looking for Christian rock. The way I see it, is that if it’s good, it will eventually find its way to me. Such is the case with bands like Skillet and Evans Blue, and singers like Matthew West. I was introduced to Red by a friend of mine who’s pretty much obsessed with the band. I did like their cover of “Ordinary World,” but I haven’t listened to much else by them.
They’ve recently released a new album, “Until We Have Faces.” When I saw this, I decided to give it a listen to see if they would become a part of my regular playlist. Here’s my verdict on the album’s first single, “Faceless.”
• The hard rocking guitars, pounding drums, and dramatic string section combine to create a dark and dynamic sound that’s really pleasing to the depressed man’s ears.
• The vocals are quite good as well. Barnes is a great singer with a low, gruff voice that’s melodic enough to sell the song.
• The lyrics are about god, but they don’t have to be if you don’t want them to. I like that ambiguity and room for interpretation.
• Towards the ends, there’s some odd, whispered screaming (?) section thatI just don’t get at all.
• I haven’t gotten though the entire album yet, but I’ve still heard songs that are better than this one, such as the two tracks which follow this song on the album, Let it Burn, and Lie to Me. I question the label choosing this song as the lead single.
• “Can you save me from the nothing I’ve become?” Where have I heard this lyric before? In lyric, sound and style, this song almost mirrors the Evanescence hit “Bring Me to Life.”
The Verdict; 2/5
Good, but not great. “Faceless” is a solid (Christian?) alt-rock track, though it is a bit standard. Regardless, it’s a solid entry to my rock collection, even if it is overshadowed by many of the songs on the same album.