I'm Not Your Suicide

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I'm Not Your Suicide
Studio album by Michael Sweet
Released May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06)
Genre Christian rock, Christian metal, hard rock, glam metal
Length 49:52
Label Big3
Producer Michael Sweet
Michael Sweet chronology
Touched
(2007)
I'm Not Your Suicide
(2014)

I'm Not Your Suicide is the sixth studio album from the Christian music musician and Stryper frontman Michael Sweet, who helmed the production on the album. The album released on May 6, 2014 by Big3 Records. This album charted at No. 154 on the Billboard 200 and it was awarded a five star rating by CCM Magazine and a four star rating from HM.

The music video for "I'm Not Your Suicide" was released prior to album release; supporting the Childhelp foundation. The "Heart of Gold" video featuring Dave Mustaine and his daughter, Electra, was released on May, and "Coming Home" were released in July.

Background[edit]

The sixth studio album from Christian music musician Michael Sweet is entitled I'm Not Your Suicide, which was produced by Sweet himself.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars [1]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
CCM Magazine 5/5 stars[3]
Christian Music Review 4.2/5[4]
The Christian Music Review Blog 4/5 stars[5]
The Front Row Report 10/10 stars[6]
HM 4/5 stars[7]
Indie Vision Music 3/5 stars[8]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[9]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4/5 stars[10]

I'm Not Your Suicide garnered praise from the ratings and reviews of music critics. At CCM Magazine, Andy Argyrakis rated the album a perfect five stars, stating that the release "is a full-fledged foray into Sweet's songwriting soul, alongside sky-high vocals that only seem to improve with age" on "this modern-day melodic rock masterpiece".[3] Jeff McCormack of HM rated the album four stars out of five, writing that "All in all, this is a great, well-rounded release that fans of both Stryper and Sweet’s past releases should love."[7] At AllMusic, Mark Deming rated the album three stars out of five, calling this "a set of the powerful and deeply personal melodic hard rock that's long been his musical trademark."[2]

At Jesus Freak Hideout, Bert Gangl rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, saying that "To be sure, even though I'm Not Your Suicide is neither his strongest band-based or solo effort, it may well prove to be his most interesting."[9] Chad Bowar of About.com rated the album four stars out of five, stating that this release continues the great work begun on No More Hell to Pay.[1] At Indie Vision Music, Lee Brown rated the album three stars out of five, cautioning that "As the musical portion of that one-two punch, this album has high musical quality that fans of Sweet's previous works will enjoy, though casual listeners may be tempted to dismiss."[8]

At The Phantom Tollbooth, Bert Saraco rated the album four tocks out of five, writing how "some new colors are added to an already sweet palette."[10] Jay Heilman of Christian Music Review rated the album 4.2 out of five, saying it is a "great record" that has "a little bit of something for everyone."[4] At The Front Row Report, Reggie Edwards rated the album a perfect ten stars, stating "I'm Not Your Suicide is the most musically diverse record Michael Sweet has ever recorded and released" that "showcase[s] [h]is overall musical talent and it has never shown through clearer than on I'm Not Your Suicide."[6] Jim Wilkerson of The Christian Music Review Blog rated the album four stars out of five, writing that the release "is really great work for the genre."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

For the Billboard charting week of May 24, 2014, I'm Not Your Suicide was the No. 154 most sold album in the entirety of the United States via the Billboard 200, and it was the No. 14 most sold of the Christian Albums. Also, the album was the No. 40 most sold album of the Rock Albums, and it was the No. 10 most sold of the Hard Rock Albums. Lastly, the album was the No. 29 most sold of the Independent Albums.

Track listing[edit]

Tracklist
No. Title Length
1. "Taking on the World Tonight" (featuring Tony Harnell) 3:43
2. "All That's Left (For Me to Prove)"   3:47
3. "The Cause"   4:09
4. "This Time" (featuring Kevin Max) 4:10
5. "I'm Not Your Suicide"   3:52
6. "Coming Home"   3:58
7. "Miles Away"   3:32
8. "Strong"   3:59
9. "How to Live" (featuring Robert Sweet & Timothy Gaines) 4:13
10. "Heart of Gold"   3:10
11. "Anybody Else" (featuring Chris Jericho and Doug Aldrich) 4:02
12. "Unsuspecting"   4:08
13. "Heart of Gold" (featuring Electra Mustaine) 3:09
Total length:
49:52


Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Sweet - lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Kenny Aronoff - drums
  • John O'Boyle - Bass
  • Paul McNamara - Piano, B3, Moog, Keyboards
  • Pete Adams - Steel guitar

Guest musicians[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 154
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[12] 14
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[13] 10
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 29
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[15] 40

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bowar, Chad (May 6, 2014). "Michael Sweet - I'm Not Your Suicide Review". About.com. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "I'm Not Your Suicide - Michael Sweet | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Argyrakis, Andy (May 15, 2014). "Michael Sweet: I'm Not Your Suicide (Big3 Records)". CCM Magazine. p. 35. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Heilman, Jay (May 2, 2014). "Michael Sweet 'I'm Not Your Suicide'". Christian Music Review. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Wilkerson, Jim (May 6, 2014). "Michael Sweet: I'm Not Your Suicide". The Christian Music Review Blog. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Edwards, Reggie (April 29, 2014). "Michael Sweet: I'm Not Your Suicide Review". The Front Row Report. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b McCormack, Jeff (April 7, 2014). "Michael Sweet – I'm Not Your Suicide". HM. HM Publications LLC. ISSN 1066-6923. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Brown, Lee (April 24, 2014). "Michael Sweet – I’m Not Your Suicide | Reviews". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Gangl, Bert (May 6, 2014). "Michael Sweet, "I'm Not Your Suicide" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Saraco, Bert (May 6, 2014). "Sweet, Michael - I'm Not Your Suicide". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Michael Sweet Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Michael Sweet. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  12. ^ "Michael Sweet Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Christian Albums for Michael Sweet. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  13. ^ "Michael Sweet Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums for Michael Sweet. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  14. ^ "Michael Sweet Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for Michael Sweet. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  15. ^ "Michael Sweet Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Michael Sweet. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 16, 2014.