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Unseen Power Review

Post by Carolina Petra Fan » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:36 am

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These reviews are reader reviews, which is why they are reviewed very late past the release date. I think anybody can submit a reader review. I've thought about reviewing some of the petra albums myself, but haven't done it yet.

Nevertheless, I've always seen this album as a B+ album.
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Re: Unseen Power Review

Post by Mountain Man » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:23 am

Beyond Belief was such a monster success that I don't think it was really possible for them to match it in a follow-up. That and the over-processed Elefante sound was getting a bit tired by that point. For whatever reason, this album has always felt a bit out of place to me in Petra's catalog, but I've never put my finger on exactly why.

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Re: Unseen Power Review

Post by dihigo » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:29 am

Mountain Man wrote:
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:23 am
For whatever reason, this album has always felt a bit out of place to me in Petra's catalog, but I've never put my finger on exactly why.
Perhaps it was because John fell prey to the Unseen Power of the puffy shirt.
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Re: Unseen Power Review

Post by SkyCaptain » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:43 pm

:lol: And he wore that through the Wake-Up Call tour.

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Re: Unseen Power Review

Post by Thief » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:02 pm

I like the album quite a bit. It was actually one of the first Petra albums I heard. But to be honest, I don't think it works as well as others as a whole. Lots of great songs that don't feel as cohesive as, say, Beyond Belief.

I would probably rank the songs as this...

1. "Dance"
2. "Destiny"
3. "Ready, Willing, and Able"
4. "Who's on the Lord's Side"
5. "Hey World"
6. "In the Likeness of You"
7. "Sight Unseen"
8. "I Need to Hear From You"
9. "Secret Weapon"
10. "Hand on My Heart"

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Re: Unseen Power Review

Post by executioner » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:00 pm

I think what the weak link of the album was the 2 ballads(IMO some of Petra's worst) and the mid tempo songs like "I Need To Hear From You" & "Hey World"; all four of these songs were really bad. The rockers like "Sight Unseen", "Lord's Side, & "Destiny" were really great. When having some of their best/worst on the same album really hurt the album as a whole, especially when trying to follow in On Fire! & Beyond Beliefs coattails. What made up for this was Wake Up Call which in my opinion is one of their best.

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Re: Unseen Power Review

Post by cvs2kids » Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:18 pm

I really liked "I need to hear from you", but the sound was 3 years past due.

I have a special spot for "hey world", but agree the chorus is very weak.

I'm not a big fan of "Destiny", it feels like only half a song.

I'm hit and miss on this album/ Some days it will get 2-3 listens, but then back on the shelf for months.
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Re: Unseen Power Review

Post by BriGuyPEI » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:47 pm

I may have posted this story before, but I bought Unseen Power on my way to youth group and put it on the stereo at the church while we were playing floor hockey. Then this other music came on and I went back into the adjoining room to complain to whoever it was that changed the music. Then I found out that nobody had. It was just Hand on my Heart.

That being said, I really like the album, even though some of the lyrics are a little watered down for Petra standards. I Need to Hear From You is one of those "could be about God; could be your about girlfriend" songs.

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