One of the biggest forces in Christian rock, Kutless, releases their eighth studio recording February 11th, 2014. The new album, Glory, is a worship record of all original songs. The gents from Portland, OR, have been making upbeat rock since 2000 and show little indication that they’re letting up on the gas. So how do they fare when the focus is on producing congregational worship? Is this Kutless Lite or are they able to still able to deliver the distinctive Kutless sound? To give you the skinny, we’ve gathered reviews across the Web representing various listener perspectives.
Well, there is no consensus. The challenges of putting together an album of worship music are evident here: it’s not easy to create something that’s original, accessible, and compelling. Aficionados of worship music are more likely to understand and adjust their expectations accordingly. In these circles, Glory is being met with much enthusiasm and high praise. The hardcore fans that want “their” Kutless – the edgy, energetic band they fell in love with fifteen years ago – are the ones most likely to come away disappointed, since Glory feels more mainstream and less alternative. Regardless of which side of the fence you reside, eight albums in, Kutless doesn’t apologize for being both a rock band and a worship band.
Overall, the songs have a hard time distinguishing themselves from one another – a common problem with worship albums. The musicianship is satisfactory, it’s that most of the tracks aren’t memorable, with one major exception: Kutless’s rocking roots show in the beginning of the best track, “We Lift You Up.”
These guys can still make music that makes you want to bang your head; now you just want to raise your arms to Heaven while you’re doing it! Delivering songs that will work in private worship moments, in church services or in youth group meetings, Glory is pretty glorious.
Indie Vision Music
Still formidable in this Christian music industry today, Glory is a decent album, and while not their greatest, [it] does manage to deliver vertical lyrics with plenty of biblical truths. And while some listeners may…shake their heads at how far Kutless has deviated from their original sound, I…ponder at their continual assertion that they are both a rock band and a worship band (yet listening to Glory, you can tell that it’s worship first, then rock).
Jesus Freak Hideout
Glory, while containing some nice moments, feels like an assignment that was not given the student’s undivided attention and does not demonstrate their full potential.