this is the best music to play for your non-christian and christian friends. it puts sunday morning lyrics to rock and roll favorites and is a great tool for reaching the lost w/out comming across as a pushy jesus freak. though there's nothing wrong w/ being a jesus freak.
"Wordplay" -- Good but not great May 11, 2007
I own every album produced by ApologetiX except for their first one, and this album -- although good -- disappointed me. It just did not reach the same level of musical parody as their recent excellent work on Grace Period, Adam Up and the newest songs on New and Used: The Best of Apologetix, as well as their excellent fan-only release album "Apol-acoustiX".
What is lacking? This album seems less humorous than other recent efforts, the musical aspect of the parodies seem somewhat less on target, and -- despite the album's title -- the lyrics seem less creative and interesting.
Don't get me wrong. Half of the album is quite good. The best and most enjoyable parodies on this album for me are "Somebody Sold Me," "Heavenly Hill," "Spread the Way," "Bad Dad," "Jericho," "Ephesians," "None to Ladylike" and "Boulevard of Both Extremes". But the other half of the album I avoid. Compared to their recent album successes mentioned above, in which the majority -- if not all -- of their songs were great in my opinion, I felt a little let down this time.
In my opinion, buy their other recent albums before buying this one.
Another winner from Apologetix! Jan 6, 2007
Let me start right off by saying that I am a fan. Hearing my favorite pop, rock and country songs with sanctified lyrics makes me happy. And the band continues to improve and amaze with their spot on parodies and inspiring and humorous lyrics.
This particular release had more songs on it that I did not know than any other cd in the Apologetix catalog. Accordingly, I will comment on the songs I know best. "Boulevard of Both Extremes" is an awesome cover of the Green Day song, "Back in the New Testament" is a rollicking, but silly cover of the Beatles' Back in the USSR, "Jehovah" is a great cover of The Joker by the Steve Miller Band, and "None Too Ladylike is a great parody of Bowling for Soup's 1985, with lyrics discussing the character (or lack of thereof) of Queen Jezebel.
Everything is pretty much business as usual if you have heard Apologetix before. But what really struck me as a revelation was J Jackson's singing on "Superficial," a cover of Stevie Wonder's Superstition. It was really soulful and impressive!
I also liked the cover of Kanye West's song, here entitled "Bone Digger."
Let's face it, you either like Apologetix or you love them. I'm in the love category! This is simply great Christian music!