Apologetix - That's Too Bad

Published Thursday 4th July 2019
Apologetix - That's Too Bad
Apologetix - That's Too Bad

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 175222-28247
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

California-based ApologetiX do Christian parody better than anyone else and on this 2018 album offer such rewrites as "Soakin' In The Lord's Book" and the wonderfully-named "Everybody Burps". Their musical skill is commendable - take the harmonies on "Bad Foreign Girls", the spoken piece on "Dumb Questions" and the explosive opening line of "Bible O'Really" for example, and equally impressive is their desire to share the Gospel - it's stuff you want to play to your friends (don't tell them and watch their faces) and makes you smile just to hear it. The musicianship is top-notch too - covering many styles and genres (although I still think they do rock better than others, but that may just reflect my musical taste of course) who do so much in setting the tone that if the vocal isn't quite mimicking the original 100% then you don't really notice ("Campaign To Jehovah" shows this well where the vocal is lacking a certain sneer but the band are spot-on, carrying the whole thing off with aplomb). As a Brit with little interest in American Football the last two tracks passed me by somewhat (although I did like the sentiments expressed in "On The Road Away From Home" once I'd looked up some of the references - given the original song, a Manchester United/City theme would work very well). This is a band who clearly had a lot of fun making this album and I did listening to it too. Their web site says that they are inundated with requests to "do" different songs and I can see why.

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