by Chris Richardson
Thousand Foot Krutch’s new album Exhale was officially released on 6/17 and to nobody’s surprise, it’s a hit. They released 4 tracks early to preorder folks, all of which were well received, and helped garner excitement for the official release.
How do they keep doing it? Who else these days can produce great album after great album? Typical of the best of Thousand Foot Krutch, this new album is filled with catchy, dynamic, soulful tracks. The band planned for their previous album Oxygen: Inhale to be followed by this harder-hitting album, with the appropriate title: Exhale. Though the album was intended to be harder-hitting, more energetic songs, it is still infused with their trademark dynamic range that perfectly balances low energy portions with the subsequent explosive portions, making it quite the ride. Too few bands take advantage of this technique, though I’m sure they would if they had the talent to pull it off. TFK always has it in spades. You up-and-coming new bands, or bands who just can’t figure out why you haven’t made it yet, take note. This mastery of the dynamic range, the ability to settle a song down just to make it hit that much harder with the next chorus is what it’s all about. The hard-rock equivalent of dubstep’s drop.
Start-to-finish, it’s a raucous ride of joyful exuberance, tempered with sincere introspection. To my delight, they still included a slower final track, as has been their custom on previous albums. Nobody starts a song better than Thousand Foot Krutch, and Adrenaline’s appropriate explosive beginning is another great example.
Writing about music is always challenging, as the obvious best way to know what the album is like is just to listen to the thing. These days, you can try-before-you-buy easily enough if you have a streaming service that will play it or you can catch it on YouTube. If you’re already familiar with Thousand Foot Krutch, no need to test drive it. Exhale is packed with the best of what Thousand Foot Krutch is all about. Inhale, enjoy, exhale.