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All In [edit]
by Stellar Kart | Genre: Pop/Rock | Release Date: August 27, 2013
 

Stellar Kart returns after three years with a new album, record label, and renewed sense of purpose and passion for sharing their faith through music. All In is a pop-punk record that is both upbeat and heartfelt, showcasing new depth and growth both lyrically and musically while maintaining the fun that has characterized the band since it's first release in 2003. Says lead singer/guitarist Adam Agee, "So much of this album is about not wasting the time we've been given. I hope these songs are anthems for people to live that out."

Track Listing
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01. Criminals and Kings
02. All In (Apologize)
03. My Surrender
04. Never Left Your Side
05. Hollywood Reality
06. Just Like You
07. Time's Not Waiting
08. Before and After
09. Nowhere To Go But Up
10. Ones and Zeroes

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A "Stellar" Comeback in the Making | Posted July 08, 2013
Rewind the clock for a minute. It's 2005, and one of the brightest new acts to hit the Christian music circuit is a four-piece outfit of guys hailing from Phoenix named Stellar Kart. Fronted by fearless leader Adam Agee, the group followed in the footsteps of acts like Relient K and Hawk Nelson to become CCM's answer to punk/rock mainstays such as Simple Plan and Blink 182, gaining a massive following with their quirky, boyish charm and solid tunes such as "Life Is Good," "Activate," "Me And Jesus, "Innocent" and more.
 
The band rode a steady wave of success till 2011, when out of nowhere, it seemed as if they had completely fallen off the radar. Numerous label conflicts and life changes, preceded by a premature greatest hits completion, lead to rumors that the end was near, fueled further by the departure of three of the four founding members: Jordan Messer, Brian Calcara and Cody Pellerin. 
 
The status of Stellar Kart's existence was unsure by many until 2012's A Whole New World EP released. The EP not only re-introduced fans to the group they loved via a string of Disney covers (yes, you read that correctly), but also familiarized them to what would become the band's current lineup: Former TFK guitarist Nick Baumhardt, drummer Jeremi Hough, female bassist/vocalist Aliegh Shields, and Agee still holding strong on lead vocals. 
 
Settling in at InPop Records as their new home label, the band got straight to work creating a piece of art nearly four years in the making, a project we now know as 2013's much-anticipated All In
 
With distorted guitars and a pulsating drum beat, "Criminals And Kings" opens the project with a rush that is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat. It's in the same punk/rock vein as their past work, but also showcases a new, edgier side to the group—a rousing piece of work to say the least.
 
"All In (Apologize)" changes the pace dramatically, yet never manages to lose your interest as it picks up musical momentum along the way. The tune, from which the album derives it name, is a bold declaration of being "all in" for Jesus, and is sure to become another success in their already solid line of hits.
 
"My Surrender" crashes onto the scene as a hooky song about the war we fight against ourselves to surrender our lives to God, while the melodic and encouraging "Never Left Your Side" sounds like a song Christian radio would absolutely eat up.
 
The most reminiscent of their early bandhood musings, the tongue-in-cheek punk tune "Hollywood Reality" is the most upbeat offering on the record. The song finds the majority of its lyrics in the titles of popular reality TV shows, and offers a humorous take on how our view on so-called "fame" can distract us from living the life we were created to live: "Super Sweet 16 and Pregnant, fired off of The Apprentice, everything is entertainment here / It's a Hollywood reality, a la-la-land of fakebelieve."
 
"Just Like You" recounts all the ugly ways we as humans can break the heart of our Creator, but how His radical love for us always takes us back without a second thought: "When I'm a traitor, a faker, a doubter, a failure, You remain so true, it's just like You."
 
Adam's voice shines on the ballad "Time's Not Waiting," which shows a noticeable maturity in Stellar Kart's songwriting. The convicting tune encourages listeners to stop letting life pass them by when they were meant to take chances and risk it all to see their dreams come true. "Before And After" is written from God's point of view, saying that there isn't anything that can separate us from his extravagant love.
 
Picking up the blazing pace of the album once more, "Nowhere To Go But Up" is sure to get you off your feet. Bassist Aliegh Shields steps up to the plate for her second go-around on a portion of lead vocals (the first being "Criminals And Kings") and offers her silky, soprano flair against Agee's sharp, attitude driven vocals.
 
"Ones And Zeros" ends what feels like an all too brief album, but does so on a high note. A rally cry for those who see themselves as the underdog, the song presents the thought that those who feel like they have the least to offer this world might be the ones who have the most to give: "We are the ones, we are the ones and zeroes, the beautiful incomplete / We are the ones, we are the future heroes, a colorful symphony.

Closing Thoughts:
I think the question on every Stellar Kart fan's mind is the same: Has the long wait been worth it, and does their cherished band sound the same? I'm here to assure you: Stellar Kart is back, and without a doubt, stronger than ever. 
 
All In carries enough familiarity to appease long time listeners, but also points to a shift in musical direction that I hope the band continues to roll with. The incorporation of a female vocalist in Shields is a wise move. Much like the choice Skillet made with drummer Jen Ledger, I'd love to her vocals incorporated more with Agee's as a co-leader on their next effort. Lyrically, while the band has grown leaps and bounds, they still pen from a relatively young standpoint, leaving room for minor improvement, but regardless, they always point the way to back Jesus and His life-changing love—a message that is never wasted. 
 
A "stellar'" comeback in the making, it's a great joy to have one of CCM's most exciting bands back in the game. The next chapter in the life of Stellar Kart promises to be a sweet one indeed.  
 
Song To Download: 
"All In (Apologize)" (Get it on iTunes here.)
 


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All In | Posted September 01, 2013
All In...love the song...all about keeping Jesus #1...Lyrics are very encouraging in your walk/non-walk with Jesus. which is sooo important in following our Lord.  Don't forget it!
Download: 
"All In (Apologize)" (Get it on iTunes here.)


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Decent Music | Posted August 29, 2013

I have never been a fan of Stellar Kart but I was able to listen and enjoy this album. It is a little different than previous albums. It has more thought out music and lyrics. I like the song "All In".



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Pretty good | Posted August 26, 2013
 Now this is just my opinion of course, but I don't enjoy this album as much as I do with some other albums featured on here. But on the other side, I do like this album a lot more than most of their songs from their older albums. (Could just be the new members and their type of music)

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:) | Posted August 26, 2013
 Love stellar cart :) I love to watch their music videos. I enjoy listening to all christian music. im sure this will be a good addition to my collection of different christian cds/albums!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Fun Pop Punk With Noticeable Growth and Maturity | Posted August 20, 2013
 Stellar Kart's new album All In certainly goes all in in terms of sound.  The maturity of the band's sound is put on full display here.  The band has mastered their pop punk sound and knows what the fans want from them.  The lyrics have more poignency to them as well as genuine heart.  Even the addition of a female into the band lineup doesn't take away from the sound one bit. In fact. she fits right in.  

While it may sound like any other pop punk album out there at the moment, All In does it well enough to warrent a lot of enjoyment out of it.  The growth and maturity the band has gone through is noticable in their sound and especially the lyrics.  And unlike with their previous full-length album, every song is original and the track listing is not packed with cover songs.  Stellar Kart is back and I'm ready to enjoy their music again.


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Awesome | Posted August 09, 2013
After listening to them perform some live songs off their new album I am thrilled. Can't wait it has been way to long since they have released music. They sound more mature whilest still maintaing that youthful energy that they broguht early on :)

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Rated 3 Stars

All In | Posted August 01, 2013
You really should buy the album All In by Stellar Kart. It's their first album in three years! These worshippers will make you praise with their songs. And you really need to listen to their music. Let's adore Him!

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