Hello, there! I’m Christopher, which you should have known if you saw my cute little green logo. So, let me not distract you from the following post. I hope you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’re done reading it! Enjoy!
Sometimes we always have our focus on pop and hip-hop acts that are trending in our culture (and all the metalheads get upset that rock doesn’t have much of a place these days), but we all acknowledge that country does have a strong following and a strong place in our culture.
I honestly don’t listen to much country. It really isn’t listened to around here in my house. So I don’t really listen to country. I know that I do hear some songs from time to time that people sing that are country, but it’s not really I turn to. I’ll listen to my metal tracks and when I want a break, I will either listen to something mellow or turn to some electropop tracks. (I’ll listen to a little hip-hop, but I don’t really like it playing on and on. I get so upset whenever Spotify goes on a hip-hop run. I just wanna rock out.)
Really, I think the purpose of these reviews are to point out my favorite songs and to celebrate ApologetiX’s 25th anniversary. I don’t consider myself a music critic. I am more of a music lover and fan and I like highlighting what I enjoy listening to.
But with that, let me jump into this review of ApologetiX’s country songs!
I might as well do this song-by-song.
“Choose Your Daddy” starts off the album with a country feel, of course. Hm. I do enjoy this song a bit, but it’s not one I’d listen to often. But I think Everlife helped make the song sound great. It’s a fun take on Jesus asking who we would rather follow: God or “mammon?”
My God “Bends To Low Places” and saves even those who are crazy lost in their sin. What a great God! This again is another song I enjoy (I love the lyrics), but not one I always pull up.
“Save Your Voice (Quite Down, Boy)” steps things up with a fun song with a twang (man, I’m not really a country guy, I’m just doing my best) and encourages us to remember that God has good plans for us and we can praise Him no matter what!
“Good News Bookie.” Meh. Not my favorite, but the lyrics are cute.
“Humpty Dumpty Country Club!” This is another fun song that reminds us about the wicked sin of pride. It also takes a different look at the classic most of us grew up with.
“People Are Lazy” is one of the album highlights, showing J. at a barbershop talking with someone about Jesus, but laments that Christians are lazy and don’t share the Gospel. This song shows us that there is a harvest waiting to be reaped.
“The Devi Went To Jordan” is an ApologetiX classic and is fun to listen to, but it’s not one I pull up as often as “Save Your Voice” or “Humpty Dumpty” (incidentally both from “Wordplay!”). But it’s a great spin on Jesus’ temptations in the desert!
“Fakey Shaky Parts” reminds us that the entire Word of God is inspired, but this song doesn’t really inspire my ears. But it’s still a good reminder that the Word of God is all true!
“Elijah.” My least favorite track. I don’t want to say any more.
“Scripture” is one of the best ApologetiX songs (I don’t have a top 25 because they have 500+ songs and it’s hard to pick out a few) out there, as it portrays a story from the perspectives of a lost soul and God as the person comes across a Bible at a hotel. Man, this song is so good!
Oh, this song is pretty old. “I Got Elijah Fightin’ Baal” is from one of their first albums! I remember listening through that album for the first time, so this has a nostalgic feel to it for me, ha, ha. Great song!
“Hey Zaccheus” is a cute song of Jesus calling the little man down from the tree. I do like this song, but never really considered this as a country song, so that part feels a little weird for me. (It is also on APX Classics 70’s Vol. 2., while “Devil Went To Jordan” also makes an appearance on Classics 70’s Vol. 1.)
“Sweet Oholibamah” is not my favorite jam, but it’s an interesting take on Esau’s wives. (I do prefer the 20:20 Vision a little better.)
Perfect closer! A live version of “Not Logs Lincoln” is absolutely perfect! The energy was perfect and so much fun! A highlight! (And J.’s intro is funny!)
I am no music critic, but am a music fan, as I said. But I’m not huge on country, so I gave this album a mixed review. But there are some gems on this thing and I think you should check it (or those) out!