Alien Youth the Unplugged Invasion DVD:
Released November 19, 2002
1.) Alien Youth
2.) One Real Thing
3.) Kill Me, Heal Me
4.) You Are My Hope
5.) Best Kept Secret
**Also on this DVD is the "Best Kept Secret" music video and a rare Skillet photo gallery.
Alien Youth: The Unplugged Invasion DVD: Review
Review by: Rick Foux (from cMusicWeb.com) January
Rock. We need it, want it, love it. Our souls require the constant fusion of metal and electricity
as fuel. Like an engine we consume it, down to the very last drop of pure adrenaline, until we are spent and then proceed
to the next most convenient energy source. But what happens when you take the "rock" out of rock music? If crunchy guitars
and torrential drum solos ceased to exist, could we still get by? It's in the face of these questions that Skillet cast aside
their amps, pick up some acoustic stuff, and say, "Let's keep rocking."
In perhaps the only live concert video of its
kind, Alien Youth: The Unplugged Invasion takes an industrial rock band out of their element and places them in a cozy,
acoustic setting inside of Ardent Studios. Spanning a mere five songs - four from Alien Youth and one smash hit from
Invincible - The Unplugged Invasion is just that: Skillet unplugged, doing their thing. All of the songs, "Alien
Youth" especially, sound very tribal under an acoustic influence, but thanks to a very pregnant Korey Cooper on keyboard,
we still get all of the electronic sound effects from Skillet's studio recordings. That's a good thing too, considering it
wouldn't be Skillet without them.
The set begins with "Alien Youth," the #1 radio hit from the album of the same name.
One of the first things viewers notice is how much John Cooper's voice stands out now; built for electronica, it doesn't fare
well amidst the strumming and drumming, but it sinks in rather well during the more worshipful cuts "One Real Thing" and "You
Are My Hope." "Kill Me, Heal Me," on the other hand, runs unplugged without a hitch, making for one high-voltage acoustic
rocker. Lori Peters really sets the drums on fire during this one, and the guitar work from Ben Kasica and John Cooper cannot
go unappreciated. Finally, a very edgy "Best Kept Secret" finishes off the all-too-short concert, making us wonder why Skillet
didn't choose more acoustic friendly songs, such as the beautiful "Will You Be There (Falling Down)" or "Thirst is Taking
Over." Either would have been ideal for this sort of performance, but the current set list is certainly no disappointment.
the special features littering the DVD are the "Best Kept Secret" music video (hey, where's the "Alien Youth" video?), a short
Bible study featuring John Cooper explaining to some adolescents what it means to be an "alien youth," a photo gallery containing
several stills of Skillet and crew members during the concert's production, and a discography featuring cover shots of all
of the band's records to date. Add to that the live, unplugged set and for $5.99, you have yourself a killer piece of Skillet
memorabilia. Hopefully, though, you'll come away with more than that. Alien Youth: The Unplugged Invasion serves as
a window into the hearts of a band who has a passion for what they do, and an even greater passion for serving God. Skillet,