Comatose (album)

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Comatose
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Studio album by Skillet
Released October 3, 2006
Recorded Chicago Recording Company February- April 2006
Genre Alternative metal, Christian metal
Length 41:33[1]
Label Lava, Ardent, Atlantic
Producer Brian Howes, John L. Cooper, Zachary Kelm (executive)
Skillet chronology
Collide
(2003)
Comatose
(2006)
The Older I Get EP
(2007)
Singles from Comatose
  1. "Rebirthing"
    Released: 2006
  2. "Whispers in the Dark"
    Released: September 19, 2006
  3. "The Last Night"
    Released: January 2007
  4. "The Older I Get"
    Released: February 27, 2007
  5. "Comatose"
    Released: 2007
  6. "Live Free or Let Me Die"
    Released: 2008
  7. "Those Nights"
    Released: 2008
  8. "Better Than Drugs"
    Released: Early 2009

Comatose is the seventh full-length album released by the Christian rock band Skillet. Released on October 3, 2006,[1] this album continues their previous album's trend of downplaying the keyboard elements that were prominent in previous releases in favor of more orchestral elements and distorted guitars. Comatose was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on November 3, 2009, their first record to do so,[2] and has since gone platinum, selling over 1,000,000 copies as of May 20, 2016.[3] On December 6, 2007, the album also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. A deluxe edition of Comatose was then released in stores on December 26, 2007 and a live DVD of their headlining tour in support of the record was released in the fall 2008.

This is the last album drummer Lori Peters recorded with the band.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Christianity Today 4/5 stars[5]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[1]
IGN (5.0/10)[6]

Comatose has mainly received positive reviews. Allmusic praised its unique mixture of instruments, saying, "When guitar progressions meet piano nuances, special things happen with this band."[4] Jesusfreakhideout.com also gave the album a high rating; "Filled with big songs from beginning to end, Comatose relies on more theatrics to build their sound while delivering substance at the same time."[1] Christianity Today, while mostly giving the album positive remarks, felt that the ballads were a bit too pop-oriented compared to the heavier songs. They also found some of the lyrics to be generic.[5] IGN.com gave the album a mixed review, commenting, "This may play well within that niche market of Christian music, as many of the traditional listeners eschew 'secular' radio. But anyplace else, this album will be ignored by the masses, as it's all been done before in one way or the other."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John L. Cooper.

No. Title Length
1. "Rebirthing" 3:53
2. "The Last Night" 3:32
3. "Yours to Hold" 3:42
4. "Better than Drugs" 3:57
5. "Comatose" 3:50
6. "The Older I Get" 3:38
7. "Those Nights" 3:46
8. "Falling Inside the Black" 3:30
9. "Say Goodbye" 4:16
10. "Whispers in the Dark" 3:24
11. "Looking for Angels" 4:31
Total length: 41:33

Singles[edit]

  1. "Rebirthing"
  2. "Whispers in the Dark"
  3. "The Older I Get"
  4. "The Last Night"
  5. "Comatose"
  6. "Live Free or Let Me Die"
  7. "Those Nights"
  8. "Better than Drugs"

Credits[edit]

Awards[edit]

In 2007, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year at the 38th GMA Dove Awards.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d DiBiase, John (September 25, 2006). "Skillet, "Comatose" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Losey, Stebe. Comatose at AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Breimeier, Russ. "Comatose, Music review". Christianity Today. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Thompson, Ed (October 10, 2006). "Skillet - Comatose review". IGN. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ 38th Annual GMA Awards on About.com

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