1. A Man Who's Not Afraid
2. Out My Way
3. Dance (Blow It All Away)
4. Remember The Empire
5. We Were Giants
6. The Cop
7. Comfort Trap
8. Touch This Light
9. Angels Of Night
13. I Am A Sybmol
Everyone remembers House of Heroes breakout success several years ago with The End is Not the End. It was almost overnight that the underground sensation became one of the bieggest names in music. Throw in some lineup changes and rumors of the band calling it quets and you get Suburba, a fun, fan pleaser that did little more than add to House of Heroes reputation for good music. Now Tim Skipper and House of Heroes are back with another solid record Cold Hard Want.
Musically this album may be the most diverse the band has ever done. It opens with an acappello introduction that leans heavily on the bands Beatles influence. The second track Out My Way is a solid rock opener, both would work at the beginning of the album, but the flow works so well that the album might be missing something without them in this order. Remember the Empire is a driving rock song, in fact this whole album could very well be called the bands heavies yet with songs like Dance (Blow it all away) and Suspect. That would be if it wasn\’t for many signature House of Heroes slow songs. Each song features different instrumentations and none of them sound like anything else the band has done.
Lyrically this is a very unique album. While the band never comes out and talks about God directly they do however cover spiritual themes, some of them dark, others light. The opener is about drowning in our busy lives and the fear we all want to get rid of. Out My Way shouts against the people who might try to bring us down. Dance is probably the most similar to any previous House of Heroes songs. While The Cop brings back the only familiar story songs that made House of Heroes famous.
On an album of solid tracks it might be hard to pick out a standout, but as usual with House of Heroes there is one that shines above the rest. On Cold Hard Want that song is the albums first
single Touch That Light. A song that follows the struggle of life spent after we walk away from God and the love God shows us by coming and getting us. Skipper sings “I can hear your voice, I can hear you calling my name, I wanna Touch that Light” to describe God reaching down in love.
All in all this is a solid album all the way around by House of Heroes. Cold Hard Want will establish them as one of Christian Music’s top bands and will defiantly draw in new fans.