Skillet hopes to strike gold, well, platinum once
again after 2009’s Awake blew
audiences away with rock mega-hits like “Monster.” Jon Cooper is still the
band’s principal songwriter, but outside influences help bring a varied sound
to Skillet’s latest. “Good To Be Alive” rides a mid-tempo pop vibe while lead
single “Rise” blisters with greater intensity than most Skillet tunes. Fans
might not appreciate some of the newer flavors, but Skillet clearly refuses to
rest on their laurels.