This really should not have been a suprise from a band that gave us many classic moments in the eighties, but seriously I didn't think this reunited or "reborn" band would deliver the goods so well. Perhaps a darker groove ladden feel at times and a far more palatable set of vocals from Michael Sweet (that don't try to shatter glass at every opportunity) make the band sound fresher and contemporary. But don't be mistaken thinking this places this CD in the "Against the Law" territory this is light years ahead. An amalgam of say "Soldiers" and a twist of something new. Kicking out with "Open Your Eyes" which really kicks with a great chorus with real spit in the vocals."Reborn" is awesome a crunch guitar fringed verse and again a passionate chorus. This really sounds like a band who mean it 100%."Make You Mine" is glittering pop, "Passion" has a beaut set of tectured vocals on its bridge and chorus, alaying fears in the onset that this is a little too sweet to taste."Rain" is again sublime a power ballad that not many can do so well with a straight face."10,000 Years" is a great way to close things proper, as we all know "IGWT" is a classic reworked or not. Buy this and enjoy a band that can pull a trump card with great music in a world where reunion means greatest hits and dollars.Love it!!
There had been rumours of a Stryper reunion for a number of years, the first concrete evidence of which came with 2003's "Seven" (a greatest hits package containing two (admittedly ordinary) new tracks.) But the question remains: after a long hiatus can a reformed Stryper still mix it with the current crop of Metal bands, and can their first release in 15 years still cut the mustard?
Having previewed "Reborn" just after its 2005 release the answer appeared to be a definite "No," which explains why it took me nearly 2 years to buy a copy. Gone were the pop-metal hooks, blazing guitar solos and trademark layered harmonies of earlier albums like "To Hell with the Devil" (although on closer examination I still heard them, albeit in much smaller doses.)
However the album does get better after a few listens, it's just not instantly catchy like earlier Stryper releases. My own favourites are "Passion" and "Make You Mine" (the closest the album gets to the Stryper of old, both sounding as if they could have come from 1990's "Against the Law" album.) "When Did I See You Cry" is also a stand-out track and is a powerful anthem which displays more of a modern Metal sound reminiscent of Creed.
The "doo-wop" harmonies on a couple of songs do get a bit annoying (particularly on "Wait For You," a shame as this is one of the better tracks) fortunately this is not too widespread. Some may also find that the production is too "muddy," the album is too short and a lot of the songs start to sound very samey after a while.
Although the high-points are well scattered the album ends with a re-worked version of "In God We Trust" which (although not universally well-received) is a fitting climax which does justice to the original while adding a much-needed dose of freshness.
Overall: won't hit home straight away but definitely worth a couple of listens.
Well, here are Stryper once again! Oh no!!! I couldn't stand their "poppy" sounding 80's recordings...except for some of In God We Trust. However, this new album "Reborn" is stunning. The songs are heavy, melodic, well written and powerful. A vast improvement (In my opinion), on their older material.
As a guitarist myself I can say the guitar work is fantastic.
Okay lets get this out of the way-yes this is the same Stryper from the eighties who were a bit of a joke, with Bible incidents, and funny yellow n black striped outfits on stage. They were the cheesy christian metal band who were always just embarassing back then. This though, is them back, returning after a few years gone, in 2006. This really is a very outstanding, impressing and even surpising great heavy rock/metal album. I was not a fan of the older over the top songs, a was only a young boy then. I steered well clear though, checking more impressive bands like Maiden, Metallica etc. But this actually is a really cool, unexpectedly modern, honest, fresh return from them. They have a obviously spent time seeing how they were a big joke in the past, and this is much more uproachable, accessibly great rock/metal similar to many of the best such as Maiden, Leppard. Okay still a little eighties in places, but mostly much heavier, modern cool heavy tunes. Still very spiritual but in a more relaxed, new way. Great album from a band very much worth listening to finally.
I like this album and I am pleased that these guys have reformed( very pleased ). The songs are catchy and played really well. Michael Sweet sings brilliantly, probably better than ever. oz also on guitar. Each track is perfectly formed and although short, there is plenty music going on; guitar riffs, background keyboards. The drums And each song sounds different. A great album. I think these guys are enjoying being back and so are we. This album is probably an appetiser to great things to come. The only negative I could think of is 10,000 years which is a different version of Amazing grace a favourite of mine and a much loved song by many ( risky ). However, I actually like it as it sounds so fresh and doesn't detract from the original at all. God bless these guys.