Skyhook – Raise the Stars

By sara.walz on April-11-2012 | Filed under I Do Your Homework During My Recess Time.

Skyhook – Raise the Stars
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4.5 (23 votes)

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Title: Raise the Stars EP
Release Date: 4/03/12
Reviewer: Sara Walz


  1. Wake Me Up
  2. Coming For You
  3. Pretenders
  4. Castle
  5. Night & Day
  6. Hey Fire

Hailing from Nashville, TN, Skyhook isn’t your typical 6 piece worship-band-turned-touring-band, they bring what we typically view as worship music to a different level. Their sound is full, loud, and packed with passion, bringing a sound that has been absent in worship music. They don’t shy away from creating a rock song infused with keys and synth, they are like the love child of Kutless and And Then There Were None.

Layers of vocals over rich guitars are the perfect backdrop to highlight the lyrics that challenge the listener on every song. “Pretenders” calls us to live a life in light of Truth. “Night & Day” is a charge to be who we say we are, “you’re words go far, but your words will never tell me who you are.” I am a sucker for a duet so “Castle” ended up being my favorite. The track features the vocals of Sara Reeves and while it has the same driving music as the rest of the EP the lyrics feel vulnerable, fragile.

Overall: This was an enjoyable listen for me and a pleasant surprise. I get a little wary when I hear of another worship band trying their hand at original music but Skyhook manages to cross that border with grace. As always with EP’s, I’m left wanting just a little bit more but Raise the Stars is a solid release, this worship band is doing something right.

Skyhook - Raise the Stars, 4.5 out of 5 based on 23 ratings

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7 Responses to 'Skyhook – Raise the Stars'

  1. Lucas says:

    I bought this album a week ago after someone gave it kudos on IVM. I’d give it an 8.5. I’m sure you could argue that it’s generic, but these guys have a fantastic sound and it reminds me of the type of stuff that got me into music in the first place. It’s kind of like a poppier, worshipier version of Cities.
    Even though my tastes have generally gotten more indie/artistic I find myself enjoying this type of stuff almost more than anything else when done right.

  2. username says:

    While the album may not be much of anything new it is still a great listen.

  3. Daniel says:

    So stoked that this was reviewed! Definitely agree with Lucas about the “poppier, worshipier version of Cities.” Sometimes I am so sure that I hear Stephen Christian (Anberlin) singing in Wake Me Up! I’ve been listening to this EP nonstop!

  4. Marie says:

    Great EP. It’s addictive! The songs will stay in your head and you will find yourself humming them out loud while you are walking in the street. Superior vocals.

  5. Jonathan says:

    Really good stuff. I can’t argue with a 7, but I probably would have given it an 8. Castles and Wake Me Up are both really good songs.

  6. JoshIVM says:

    10 votes & a 10/10 user score. Looks like we have some Skyhook Facebook fans stopping by, haha.

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