Album Review :
Thousand Foot Krutch - The End Is Where We Begin

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Artist: Thousand Foot Krutch
Title: The End Is Where We Begin
Release Date: 04/17/12
Reviewer: Sara Walz

Tracklisting:

  1. The Introduction
  2. We Are
  3. Light Up the Sky
  4. The End Is Where We Begin
  5. Let the Sparks Fly
  6. I Get Wicked
  7. Be Somebody
  8. This Is a Warning (Intro)
  9. Courtesy Call
  10. War of Change
  11. Down
  12. All I Need to Know
  13. Fly On The Wall
  14. So Far Gone
  15. Outroduction

After parting ways with their label, the Canadian rockers release their first indie record in over a decade with a little help from fans via Kickstarter. The End is Where We Begin is the album that old school Thousand Foot Krutch fans have been waiting for. There are tracks that touch on each of the sounds TFK has covered over the past twelve years with a couple of surprises thrown in along the way. “Light Up the Sky” and “War of Change” brought me straight back to Set It Off with the rap-rock sound that made me fall in love with TFK in the first place. “We Are” and “I Get Wicked” are more of that polished sounding rock that has come to be synonymous with Thousand Foot Krutch. The album brings you on a musical ride that makes you nostalgic inside if you’ve followed TFK’s career and showcases all the sides of the band if you’re a new fan.

There are some theatrical bells and whistles thrown in with vocal tracks that sound like they could be from a movie trailer and strings on a couple of the songs add a refined feel. As on every album they have a song or two that are ballads and touch on a deeper subject and this album is no different. However, one of those slower tracks, “All I Need to Know,” turned out to be a bouncy, acoustic track that makes me bob my head, smile and agree when they sing, “…and I don’t know which way the wind will blow, but you’re here with me, and that’s all I need to know.”

Overall: The End Is Where We Begin is strong musically and lyrically and is one of their most creative projects to date. The 15 tracks never seemed to drag on or get repetitive and while the whole cd reminded me of Thousand Foot Krutch through the years it didn’t seem like old songs with a fresh coat of paint, the whole album is raw energy. I have to say, this is in the running for being my favorite Thousand Foot Krutch album, right up there with Set It Off and Phenomenon. Being an indie band looks good on TFK.

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