We as Human (album)

We as Human
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Studio album by
Released June 25, 2013 (2013-06-25)
Genre Christian rock, Christian metal, hard rock
Length 34:46
Label Atlantic
Producer Howard Benson
We as Human chronology
We as Human EP
(2011)
We as Human
(2013)
Singles from We as Human
  1. "Strike Back"
    Released: 2013
  2. "We Fall Apart"
    Released: 2013
  3. "Take the Bullets Away"
    Released: 2014
  4. "Dead Man[1]"
    Released: 2014
  5. "Zombie"
    Released: 2014[citation needed]
  6. "Bring to Life"
    Released: 2014[citation needed]

We as Human is the first major label and second and final studio album by Christian rock band We as Human, released on June 25, 2013 by Atlantic Records. The album was produced by Howard Benson.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
CCM Magazine 4/5 stars[3]
Christian Music Review 4.7/5[4]
Christian Music Zine 4.5/5 stars[5]
HM 3/5 stars[6]
Indie Vision Music 3/5 stars[7]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3/5 stars[8]
3.5/5 stars[9]
Melodic.net 3.5/5 stars[10]
New Release Tuesday 4.5/5 stars[11]

We as Human has received positive reception from music critics. Matt Collar at Allmusic noted that "this is hard-hitting, but also uplifting, spiritually inclined rock that straddles the line between radio-ready melodicism and in-your-face guitar power."[2] At CCM Magazine, Matt Conner wrote that "few debut albums can boast the sort of company collected on We As Human's self-titled LP", and he proclaimed that "We As Human are a great rock band on their own."[3] Christian Music Zine's Micah Garnett told that "it's an album that deserves to be set on repeat and played at full volume", and that "if you're a rock fan, We As Human will tickle your ears and keep you satisfied for a long time."[5] In addition, Garnett felt that "We As Human's self-titled album is not only one of the best debuts [he's] heard, it's one of the best albums [he's] ever heard."[5] At Jesus Freak Hideout, Mark Rice said that "with this album, We As Human has firmly placed themselves into the 'solid-but-unspectacular' category", and evoked that "there is otherwise nothing new here. It is certainly a worthy debut, but just don't expect anything spectacular."[9] Mary Nikkel of New Release Tuesday felt that on the album "We As Human steps up to own their identity with a confidence and intensity rarely found even in long-established bands", and that the "release is a perfect storm of searing riffs, dynamic vocals, and aggression channeled into lyrics fueling the struggle of death to self and rebirth to life."[11] At Christian Music Review, Daniel Edgeman told that he "felt the album was produced very well with just the right amount of mellow songs, digital sound effects, and heavy sound."[4] At Melodic.net, Johan Wippsson noted how the release has "a great collection of rock anthem, made for the arenas, but with a slightly heavier appearance", and felt that the album was "really good from start to end."[10]

At HM, Sarah Brehm highlighted that "this 10-track album is good at what it does – aggressive, heavy rock layered with trilling and gritty guitars, pounding drums and energetic vocals – yet as a whole, it feels a little generic."[6] Furthermore, Brehm felt that "despite its overarching generic feel, We As Human will sell well and make a dent in the Christian rock genre", and that the listeners should "Watch out for this band; as it grows in musicianship and creativity, the next album has the potential to blow everyone away."[6] Lee Brown of Indie Vision Music felt that "something is still waiting", "something was just missing", and "the production quality (while clean) really hindered this release", which he called "just pretty good."[7] Jesus Freak Hideout's Timothy Estabrooks affirmed that "We As Human is by no means a bad album, and it might even be a 'good' album, but that's it. There's too much re-treading of old ground, too much adherence to tired cliches, and not enough boldness in songwriting to really call this album anything other than average."[8]

Track listing

Personnel

  • Justin Cordle — vocals
  • Jake Jones — rhythm guitar, background vocals
  • Justin Forshaw — lead guitar
  • Dave Draggoo — bass, background vocals
  • Adam Osborne — drums

Charts

References

  1. ^ https://www.facebook.com/seventhdayslumber/photos/pb.13651640386.-2207520000.1417907177./10154904240035387/?type=1&theater
  2. ^ a b Collar, Matt (June 25, 2013). "We as Human - We as Human : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved July 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Conner, Matt (July 1, 2013). "We As Human: We As Human (Atlantic)". CCM Magazine. p. 62. Retrieved July 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Edgeman, Daniel (June 25, 2013). "We As Human-We As Human". Christian Music Review. Retrieved July 12, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b c Garnett, Micah (June 23, 2013). "We As Human – We As Human (Review)". Christian Music Zine. Retrieved July 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b c Brehm, Sarah (June 4, 2013). "We As Human – We As Human". HM. Retrieved July 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b Brown, Lee (June 26, 2013). "We As Human – Self Titled | Reviews". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved July 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b Estabrooks, Timothy (June 24, 2013). "We As Human, "We As Human" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ a b Rice, Mark (June 23, 2013). "We As Human, "We As Human" Review: Second Staff Opinion". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ a b Wippsson, Johan. "We Ss Human – We As Human". Melodic.net. Retrieved July 10, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ a b Nikkel, Mary (May 23, 2013). "Fueling the Storm". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved July 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "We as Human Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "We as Human Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "We as Human Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "We as Human Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "We as Human Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.

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