1. The Introduction (1:01)
2. We Are (3:18)
3. Light Up The Sky (4:00)
4. The End Is Where We Begin (3:45)
5. Let The Sparks Fly (4:06)
6. I Get Wicked (3:33)
7. Be Somebody (3:42)
8. This Is A Warning (Intro) (0:47)
9. Courtesy Call (3:57)
10. War Of Change (3:52)
11. Down (3:27)
12. All I Need To Know (4:10)
13. Fly On The Wall (4:03)
14. So Far Gone (4:29)
15. Outroduction (0:38)
After almost fifteen years in the industry people would expect to hear bands like Thousand Foot Krutch to start slowing down and fade into the list of bands we don’t hear much of anymore. But after a voluntary break from their record label the now independent TFK seems to be poised to reclaim their title as Christian Rock’s biggest name with their sixth album The End is Where We Begin.
From the opening build of the introduction to the closing note of the outro the album has a special energy and vibe to it not heard since the beginning. Yes the refined sound from Welcome to the Masquerade is back with a vengeance but so are the soaring guitars and variation of styles found on Art of Breaking and the rock/rap combination found on their debut Set it Off. The entire album feels like a return to form as well as a culmination of veteran experience and youthful energy.
The Opening song “We Are” sets the tone with a rolling guitar line, there is even a cow bell used, something different. “Light up the sky” could be a heavier, cleaner version of “Set it Off” with a different lyrical rhythm of course. “Be Somebody” feels almost like a ballad, but has enough of a rock anthem to make the listener think he’s listening to Lucrin Blue. Both “Couresy Call” and “Fly on the Wall” stand out as very fresh tracks because the instrumentation used is once again different from anything else TFK has ever done. In fact, while there are hints at past records TFK has once again managed to produce a totally original sounding record.
Lyrically this could also be one of the best TFK album ever released. The theme of the entire record seems to revolve around the war that goes on inside us when it comes to making choices. In fact the Finale even says “Choose your decisions wisely” But also present are themes of self discovery in Christ, Forgiveness, Healing and Praise. The album’s first single “War of Change” embodies the first of these themes as Trevor sings about upcoming changes and how we fight them.
The album’s title cut finds the same theme but also explores the idea of healing and forgiveness when we run away from God. “Sparks Fly” is another high energy party song about the desire to not be stagnant in our faith. “Get Wicked” serves as a great reminder of the strength and power we have through Christ and the Ballad “All I need to Know” encourages the listener to rely completely on God. “Too Far Gone” stands out as a worship song that proclaims the desire to be closer to God (“and like a candle makes a brighter place, this mark on me can’t be erased, I want to be so far gone in you, so far nothing else will ever do, I want to be so far gone in you”)
All in all TFK has put together another thought provoking and original project that will leave fans more than satisfied unto the next FM Static or TFK album hits shelves. The End is Where We Begin will undoubtedly be one of the best albums of the year.