Reborn (Stryper album)

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Reborn
Studio album by Stryper
Released August 16, 2005
Recorded Blue Jay Studio, MA, U.S.
Genre Christian metal, nu metal,[1] heavy metal
Length 39:47
Label Big 3 Records
Producer Michael Sweet (Kenny Lewis)
Stryper chronology
7 Weeks: Live in America, 2003
(2004)
Reborn
(2005)
Extended Versions
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
CCM Magazine [3]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 stars[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[1]
PiercingMetal (7.5/10)[5]

Reborn is the ninth release, and fifth full-length album, from the Christian metal band Stryper, and the first full-length album of new material since Against the Law in 1990. Reborn was slated to be a Michael Sweet solo record, but after their reunion tour, Michael Sweet played it for the other members, at which time Oz Fox suggested it should be a Stryper record. So the other members came in and learned their parts from the original demos. [6] Michael says in his autobiography, Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed, that he convinced Big3 Records, which had signed him for a solo release, to make it a Styper record deal. So, Reborn became the first all-original Stryper record in 15 years.

The sound of the album is more contemporary compared to their previous records. It is also heavier and has influences of nu metal.[1] The sound has been cited as more mature than their previous material, "less glam and more filling," according to one reviewer.[3] This is the first album recorded by the band with new bass guitar player Tracy Ferrie. Reborn was released with a variety of cover art, depending on format and region. The alternate US cover art was created for record outlets (such as Christian bookstores) where the original cover art may have been perceived as too disturbing or offensive.

Reborn became a rare collectors' item instantly, since the first copies of the album have a technical mistake; songs 7-9 are played in the album in a different order than the one stated on the cover artwork. Big 3 Records plans to re-release the album with the correct order of songs.

"I.G.W.T." is a contemporary remake of the band's previous hit "In God We Trust" from the album of the same name.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Sweet, except where noted.

  1. "Open Your Eyes" - 4:02
  2. "Reborn" - 3:27
  3. "When Did I See You Cry" (M. Sweet, David Johnson) - 3:35
  4. "Make You Mine" - 4:01
  5. "Passion" - 3:48
  6. "Live Again" - 3:30
  7. "If I Die" - 3:22
  8. "Wait for You" - 3:43
  9. "Rain" (Paul Heusman, M. Sweet) - 3:45
  10. "10,000 Years" (Public domain, M. Sweet) - 3:15
  11. "I.G.W.T." (M. Sweet, Robert Sweet) - 3:17

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Kenny Lewis - Keyboards
  • Peter Vantine - Keyboards, orchestration
  • Alan Magnus - Additional background vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Portell, Paul (August 21, 2005). "Stryper Reborn Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ Theakston, Rob (August 16, 2005). "Reborn - Stryper". AllMusic. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Rosas, Harold (September 2005). "Reviews / Reborn". CCM Magazine 28 (3): 51–52. ISSN 1524-7848. 
  4. ^ Best, Steve (February 25, 2006). "Stryper - Reborn Review". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Pierce, Ken (August 16, 2005). "Stryper Reborn review". PiercingMetal. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.sleazeroxx.com/interviews/michaelsweet2.shtml