1. If It Ends Today (3:25)
2. Carry On (3:42)
3. All Yours (3:35)
4. Even If (3:40)
5. Hero (3:30)
6. Identity (3:16)
7. Need (3:33)
8. Come Back Home (3:29)
9. This Is Love (3:20)
10. Gravity (3:25)
11. I'm With You (3:46)
12. Believer (4:10)
13. Carry Me to the Cross (3:30)
Kutless has always been one of the most consistent bands in Christian Rock, they have managed to remain relevant while staying true to their own unique style of rock. Since their self titled debut album in 2002 they have produced a solid discography and with a decade of music under their belts they have become leaders and role models to younger upcoming artists. Yes John Michah Sumerall and company’s seventh studio album Believer is another great example of growth and maturity.
Kutless has never had the problem of sounding to much like themselves, they’ve also never had a problem with sticking to their unique, easily identifiable sound while proving they can experiment and add to their style. Believer takes facets and styles from each of previous records and mixes them together to make easily one of the most well crafted albums of the year.
The album opens with “If It Ends Today” a power opener that really grabs the listeners attention. Here we hear the high screaming guitars and John Micah’s smooth vocals. “Carry On” is a great follow up with a power entrance and music that never overpowers the vocals. “Even If” is the first of several slower songs on the album, all of which are expertly produced. The best part of this section of the album is just when you think it’s going to slow down the powerful “Need” kicks in, taking the listener almost by surprise. The track “I’m with You” also stands out as John Micah masterfully pulls off more of a pop vocal pattern.
Lyrically this may be one of the best Kutless albums to date as the band seeks to incorporate the beautiful worship lyrics with the usual heavy hitting, deeply convicting lyrics found on previous projects. “If it Ends Today” starts Believer off by combining worship and encouragement to live as a the body of Christ. “Carry On” might come across as a bit clichéd at first but it drives to the heart of our need for the Love of God. “Hero” might be the weakest song on the album but it still packs a bit of a punch. “I’m With You” is sure to be a fan favorite as it paints a beautiful picture of God’s love for us. (“Fall in my arms/and let me carry you, carry you/I know you and I, we can make it through, make it through/when crashing waves pull you down in the undertow, reach out your hand and I swear I won’t let you go/I’m with you tonight”) The title cut “Believer” helps to close the album out strong as the singer seeks to encourage a friend through his belief in Christ and the closer “Carry Me to the Cross” may be one of those songs that becomes a gem within Christian Music.
All in all Kutless’s seventh full length studio album far from disappoint and will make a great edition to any music lovers collection.