Krystal is making some noise. | Posted September 03, 2008
Krystal Meyers definitely knows how to make some noise with her newest album. Whether good or bad noise I will leave up to you.
This album musically is very well put together. Everything flows really well and has a great vibe to it. It's more of a techno sound, but she mixes pop-rock into it very well. I have to say musically this could be an album of the year, but I think we need to take an in-depth look at the lyrics in the songs.
But before I do that there is something I would like to address. While Krystal was writing and recording this album she was having a rough time in life, and she wasn't in-tune with God like she wanted to be. Therefore I think that is the main reason several of her songs suffer and if you look at the lyrics that they can be a little more dreary than her previous work.
Krystal starts the album off with the very catchy song "Make Some Noise." I do like this song, but Krystal doesn't really point to God as the source of empowerment. So it's more of a secular song in that sense.
"Love It Away" Is a great song talking about how God will love you through the problems and help them to go away.
"Shine" is another song dealing with empowerment. Even though Krystal doesn't really talk about God in this song I prefer it over "Make Some Noise" because I can equate it with the fact that we are the light of the world and need to Shine for Christ. In this way it has already been encouraging to me. But it still does not have much depth to it.
"S.O.S." is probably my favorite song on this album. Krystal directly talks about God here, and calls out for God to rescue her/us.
"Feels So Right" is the first song I question on this album. It seems to be talking directly about relationships, but I don't find it to be a good song to equate with a relationship. It seems to put the focus on the person too much and the high you get. I think this song could be a bad song for Christians and Non-Christians alike. We need to remember to honor God with our relationships, and if we're in a dating relationship with someone I don't see this as a profitable song.
"My Freedom" is my second favorite song on the album. It doesn't talk directly about God, but it is highly emotional and hard to think a person could equate with what Krystal is saying: "Can you hear this soul is crying/ my soul is crying
Calling out to You/ will You come wash over me/ Like only You can do/ will You be my freedom?" It's easy to see her lack of closeness through this song and I can identify with that, so it's a very encouraging song in that aspect for myself.
"Up To You" is the second song on the album I do not like outright. It's dealing with a failed relationship(To me it seems like a marriage. It starts: "You gave me your hand so long ago/ But now our house is burning/ You're never home" But that is easy to look over.) Krystal seems to take the stance of "I'll leave it up to you." Which if it's a marriage I would hope she wouldn't take that stance. And even if it's a dating relationship, not caring never does anything.
"You'll Never Know" is the third song I don't like. It seems too depressing, talking about how you'll never know how it feels to "be let go" which I assume is a relationship. And I think it has depressing possibilities if someone has recently gone through a break-up or whatnot.
"In Your Hands" is a good song. It talks about trusting God even though you don't know what he has planned. Krystal doesn't directly say God, but as a believer it's obvious what she is saying.
As you can see, even though this album is great musically, Lyrically it could be better. I think it is up to you to decide what you will listen to from this album and not listen to. Choose wisely.
P.S. I did not talk about the song "Beautiful Tonight" because it was for some reason left out of the NRT preview.
|| September 03, 2008, 15:03PM
I see your point, for the most part. But not to insult you or anything, but you got the message of "You'll Never Know" all wrong. The lyrics are not speaking directly from Krystal to another person. It's saying that her heart is telling her that because she has Jesus, she'll never know what it feels like to be "let go" or "being alone." For clarity, these are the lyrics to the chorus:
Don't stop telling me/You'll never know/The way it feels to be let go/The tragedy of being so alone/A distant memory/My heart is telling me/"That's just something you'll never know"
|| September 02, 2008, 21:11PM
Good review Jorden, I agree with you.