The Flame In All Of Us signals a major change in the sound of Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK). The most noticeable difference is the lack of any crunch or head banging tunes that have rocked their previous albums, such as ‘Puppet’, ‘Rawkfist’ and ‘Absolute’. Instead TFK have produced an album that rocks more than it screams and demonstrates that lead singer Trevor McNevan can actually sing properly as well as scream his lungs out.
The first two tracks set the rock theme for the album with two songs that have a similar sound to ‘Kids In The Way’. ‘New Drug’ is the only song that sounds anything like old school TFK and is one of the best tracks on the album. Dominated by strong bass and solid lyrics, this is what TFK are all about. After these three intro songs, the album settles down into its solid rock roots. ‘What Do We Know’ absolutely cooks, starting out slow and then picking up with a kids choir joining in on the final chorus in a similar style to that which appears on Pink Floyd’s anthemic The Wall.
The seven middle tracks all have a similar hard rock sound and theme to them and really lay out a solid middle section to the album. Second-to-last track ‘Wish You Well’ is a powerful ballad that is an interesting change of style, but works well before leading into final song The Last Song which sounds more like something you would expect to hear on TFK’s pop-punk side project, FM Static.
It takes a few listens to get used to the new sound of TFK and I certainly still like ‘Absolute’, ‘Hurt’, and ‘Move’ more then any songs on this new album. The Flame In All Of Us is also lacking in any powerful stand-out songs. However, this is not to say the album is bad – the lyrics are powerful, the music is deftly-polished, and it makes for a good listen.