Stellar Kart "All In" by Brianne Bellomy (cmaddict.com) on 2013-08-19 15:46:54
Not gonna lie.. I’ve never been that big of a Stellar Kart fan. Each of their older albums had maybe one or two songs I liked. Well this album has changed everything. I am now a Stellar Kart fan.
"All In" is a diverse album that runs from a Green Day type sound to ballads to the punk rock sound that is Stellar Kart. Each song has a powerful message designed to stop and make you think about your life as it is now and what is should be as we live in Christ. From the poking fun of “Hollywood Reality” to the more ballad like tone of “Time’s Not Waiting” there is a song that will speak to anyone.
“All In (Apologize)” is a song that reaches out to many in this world. It may be easier to fit in with “the crowd” but God calls us to walk the narrow road and live life by His commands. This song is a great encouragement as to why we should not apologize for living for Christ (and a slight Green Day type sound to appeal towards those old school fans).
“Hollywood Reality” is a tongue in cheek song about the influence of
modern television/media on our society. Naming off popular shows and well known symbols of the hollywood world, the lyrics remind us that it’s just scripted life, not real, and not to be believed.
“Time’s Not Waiting” is a ballad that addresses our lack of pursuing life. It’s a call to get up, move forward, and take that leap of faith towards whatever it is calling us in life. Get off the couch, get away from the computer, and spend time with those who matter. Life’s not waiting for us to live behind the scenes.
The addition of female bassist Aliegh Shields' vocals help round out the amazing musical/lyrical shift this band has taken. Her powerful voice is found to help pull you in and warm some of the harder moments.
This album as a whole is a 90° turn from the original Stellar Kart. They have stayed true to their punk rock beginnings while rounding the corner into powerful ballads that are challenging and encouraging all rolled into one.
Says lead singer/guitarist Adam Agee, "So much of this album is about not wasting the time we've been given. I hope these songs are anthems for people to live that out." He’s right. Time to use what we’ve been given and live life to the fullest.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Genre: Rock / Punk
Label: Inpop Records
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes
1. Criminals and Kings
2. All In (Apologize)
3. My Surrender
4. Never Left Your Side
5. Hollywood Reality
6. Just Like You
7. Time's Not Waiting
8. Before And After
9. Nowhere To Go But Up
10. Ones and Zeros
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