After the great success of Collide and Comatose, this album had a lot to live up to. The question is, does it live up to these expectations or does it fall flat? The album starts out great with "hero", showcasing the new female backing vocals and some hard guitar, then moves on to "monster" a slightly harder number that sounds good but to me doesn't seem to have much of a message. "Don't wake me" is a ballad about losing a girl and dreaming about being with her. "Awake and alive", the title track, is a nice rocker, again with those superb new backing vocals. "One day too late" is a nice song about reaching out to others. "It's not me it's you" is a lower point on the album, a song that incorrectly says that every sin we commit is entirely the Devils fault not ours. "should've when you could've" is a non-descript breakup song. "Believe" is another love ballad. "Forgiven" is one of the best songs on the album, a love song adressed to God. "Sometimes" is the hardest song on the album with a more Collide sound. "Never surrender", one of the better songs, is about begging for redemption. "Lucy" is the best song on the album, a sad and sorrowful song about a friend of theirs who had passed away. Overall, the album has a solid sound and is certainly some of the best Skillet has to offer, though it is arguable whether it is better than Comatose or Collide.