Every time I hear Kutless is releasing a new album, I think back to that self-titled debut I rocked out to as a teenager. But with each release, Kutless has slowly moved away from their rock and roll roots, and have meticulously carved out a market in CCM. (See the feature on them this issue for more.) Glory, the band’s eighth studio album, is about as far away musically from that debut as possible. It is full of worship anthems sure to be performed by your local worship band in the coming months. The inspiring lyrics and the mix of buoyant melodies and peaceful tunes will most likely become favorites among fans of CCM.
But 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.” The upbeat tempo practically begs the listener to dance. Other notable tracks include “Always,” “Revelation” and “You Alone.” Fans of a former Kutless will pass.