Hearts of the Innocent , the 4th release from Christian rock band Kutless, returns their signature hard beats and powerful messages while notching the quality up another level.
Taking their name from the fact that we as Christians are “cut-less” since Christ took our wounds on the cross, Kutless has tunes ranging from alternative rock to worship songs you might find in a typical church service.
Their latest album starts off with the electric guitar and drums of the title track, “Hearts of the Innocent.” The song laments the damage we are inflicting upon our young people and calls for a change.
The album’s first single, “Shut Me Out,” begins with an edgy beat to which you can’t help tapping your feet. Based on the apostle Paul’s determination to not keep quiet about the life he found in Christ, the lyrics declare an unwavering purpose to witness in the face of ridicule or persecution.
“Beyond the Surface” is a raw blend of electric guitar with a driving beat. Dismissing the world’s fakeness and picture-perfect images, Kutless urges listeners not to resort to cutting to ease their pain. The surface isn’t what matters.
“Smile” brings a softer tone to the album, with strangers realizing a shared faith. The added percussion of clapping adds a nice touch near the end.
The lush piano and strings of “Promise of a Lifetime” add to its haunting, simple melody. The song dwells on God’s pledge to us – to never leave or forsake us.
The guitar-driven “Winds of Change” is a plea from God, asking us to share our desires and dreams with Him. He will give us the wings to persevere and soar above the changes that threaten to crush us.
“Somewhere in the Sky” continues the rising tempo with guitar riffs and a bit of grunge. The message of enjoying the life God has given us meshes perfectly with the metaphor of learning how to fly.
With guitars backed by a beautiful string arrangement, the next song mourns the “Mistakes” of the past while hoping others can learn to avoid the same heartache.
“Push Me Away” is one friend’s plea, asking to be let in to share the other’s pain. Electric guitars mix with lyrics revealing that no one’s perfect and that pride shouldn’t stop listeners from reaching out for help.
Perhaps my favorite song on the album, “Changing World” combines piano, guitars, strings, and drums in a rich melody for the emotions we feel when events spiral out of control. Despite the fact that something’s gone from our lives, God will still work good.
“Million Dollar Man” once again changes the pace with a return to heavy electric guitars, perfect for this song about a man who gave up everything for wealth.
The final song mixes a strong beat with electric guitars as it tells listeners they can change a painful “Legacy” into a positive one.
A blend of encouragement, hope, and purpose, Hearts of the Innocent is a must-listen for any rock fan.