CD REVIEW: Apologetix - Spoofernatural
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT
Genre: Christian Rock
If you've never heard of Apologetix, you're not looking hard enough. They are THE Christian rock-parody band of today, and this latest offering serves up 19 more parodies of songs from the 1950s through today. This is their 5th album to date, but if you're smart, right Now (as of Nov. 21st), you'll be seeking out Apologetix's super Christmas album. I still remember great tracks from that one, like 'Hotel Can't Afford Ya', spoofing 'Hotel California' re: no room for Joe and Mary on that fateful night.
But back to the current release, there are some winners here, helped on by the fact that Apologetix has that rare ability to not sound the same all the way through the 68 minute cd. They are first class emulators, always managing to sound pretty swell, just like the original artists and arrangements they gleefully rip off. Of course they Do stretch a little too far sometimes, as on some of the higher vocals of 'I Want in That Place' 'Crowd of Foreign Girls' (ugh..), and 'Fishin' on a Pier' (this latter, a parody of Bon Jovi's 'Livin' on a Prayer' of course!).
But the lyrics are the true stars in the band, and they really do come up with some zinging titles, worthy of NY Times drama critics at times. Ya gotta love 'Every Crown Has Its Thorns' (Poison's 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn'), and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts getting their 'I Love Rock n Roll' all cleaned up so that it now becomes 'I Love Apostle Paul'. They've got a million of 'em.
Best of all, this group is spreading the Good Word, Book, the Gospel, whatever you want to call it, on the terms of the young crowd, through the power of radio played music. It'll appeal to the darkest atheist and the priest who's full of good works; both. We really should clone these people, you know.
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