With its self-titled 2002 debut, Kutless came out of nowhere to dominate both Christian rock sales and radio charts. In addition, the band toured relentlessly, playing over 200 shows all over the United States. It comes as no surprise, then, that the group's sophomore effort, SEA OF FACES, sounds like the work of a band both completely relaxed and eager to expand its boundaries.
This record explores everything from ultra-heavy, down-tuned angst-rock in the Incubus and Staind vein ("Not What You See," "Let You In") to Toad the Wet Sprocket-esque melancholy power-pop ("Perspectives," "All The Words"). Though much more introspective in tone, the group's exuberant sound at times also recalls 1980s AOR acts like Journey and .38 Special. A catchy, well-played and polished follow-up, SEA OF FACES finds Kutless performing with equal parts passion and professionalism.