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To Know That You're Alive by Kutless

Reviewed by Adrian B. Martinez

"...a fun album---fun in that you could see yourself at a show screaming through one song and then closing your eyes and losing yourself in another."

I am such a sucker for a rocking ballad. Favorites like the opening strings of “Entertaining Angels” by Newsboys to the lush intro of “The Last Night” by Skillet still resonate with me. I know the band is going for that moment in the show where they slow things down, dim the lights and have all their fans throw up their cell phones to illuminate through the darkness. Sappy, but I love it. I cannot wait to do just that the next time I see Kutless in concert and they dive into any one of their new ballads “Guiding Me Home” or “You”, or “I Do Not Belong” from their latest effort, To Know that You’re Alive.

Their sixth release in as many years finds this Portland, Oregon band coming off the heals of 2006's, Hearts of the Innocent, where lead singer Jon Micah Sumrall states their intention was to “Bring awareness and encourage young people to get involved and make a difference in this world.” On To Know You’re Alive, they are continuing in their journey of consciousness by, “… really trying to reach out and help them through difficult situations and difficult times to find hope, and ultimately, find fulfillment in life.”

Their most hard-rocking album to date, To Know You’re Alive is different for many reasons. With 5 other projects behind them, there is a musical maturity that is obtained. They have had to deal with a rotating line-up in the past couple of years; and with new producer, Pete Kipley (MercyMe and the Afters) whose input is obvious by the inclusion of much more melodies and strings on this project. Also of note, is the inclusion of more co-written songs by the band on this 13-track set.

Full of anthemic songs like the fist pumping “The Feeling” and title song, “To Know You’re Alive”, is much more diverse than their previous projects, but isn’t that the point? It’s a fun album---fun in that you could see yourself at a show screaming through one song and then closing your eyes and losing yourself in another. I know I’ll be charging my cell phone battery before I go to their next show, I want to be ready.

Adrian B. Martinez: "Music and Movies, Movies and Music, always the twain shall meet" is Adrian B. Martinez's motto; a displaced New Yorker living in Connecticut. A complete Movie nut, Adrian was responsible for writing movie synopsis' for Loews Movie Theater's for over 5 years. At any given time that would be a synopsis for over 25 movies in one week. Whew! Nowadays, she is a regular in the Press area for the Creation Festival and Purple Door Festival. To keep her in the lifestyle she has become accustomed, she does web-design for DelMonico Hatter in New Haven, Ct. and serves as a Supervisor for the Hartford Civic Center, also in Ct. An avid traveler, Adrian has been to Europe numerous times and can be seen criss-crossing the United States in her re-furbished 1974 Orange Volkswagen Vanagon which has allowed her to participate in her favorite past-time, meeting new people….When she does take the time to stop, she spends her time with a very handsome man that goes by the name of Zorro. He can be seen sleeping on the couch, bed, bathing in the sunlight on a window ledge or anywhere else that he deems comfortable. Zorro of course, is her cat.