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!
Well, starting in 2014, ApologetiX, That Christian Parody Band, started bi-weekly singles to give fans more songs and they thought it would be a great idea to help them with their financial problems. Do the math: they released 46 songs in single format in 2014 and six additional songs in Apoplectic! That’s fifty-two songs in one year! (They released another ton in 2015, and are doing it this year!)
So, I’m gonna review the first year of the Singles Years (which is part of the TNT Years) and I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget, there’s a giveaway at the end!
This album was full of fun! Hearing the story about Samson wanting his “Brush” (what?) is great, and you can join the disciples waiting for the Holy Spirit to come upon them on Pentecost, asking “Gimme Helper.” And you can cringe at “Jezebel” telling her story (in a similar format to “Sunset Boulevard,” which would be “Sunset Bowlawater” for Adventures In Odyssey fans). Needless to say, I just listed some of my favorite and least favorite tracks.
With them recording in their drummer’s new studio, Red Apple Audio Workshop, the quality starts to tie “Wordplay” and sounds amazing (and it gets better as time progresses). They might also blow you away how well they are able to mimic the original songs!
J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist, has worked hard writing these parodies and singing for this album; round of applause! You can hear his daughter, Janna, singing on “Jezebel” and Keely Singer helps on the Rolling Stones parody, “Gimme Helper,” and does a great job!
You can hear Tom Tincha, Tom Milnes (the two being TNT), and Wayne Bartley’s guitar skills in these awesome songs. Tom Milnes does a little bass, as well as Keith Haynie and Jake Rieger. Jimmy “Vegas” Tanner, the drummer I mentioned above, bangs on them drums all 13 tracks, while the keyboards are shared among Chris VonBartheld, Bill Hubauer, and Todd Waites.
My only real problem while listening to this album would be that I think of the album as six parts, because I heard these songs as the singles individually before I heard the actual album as one (and the songs are in the exact same order as released as singles). It really is a group of singles and hard to think of so otherwise. The same deal occurs with “Loaded 45s,” “Unconditional Releases,” “Music Is As Music Does,” and “Play Nice.” I wish J. mixed up the order of the songs.
But this album does show the variety that this band plays, but it all is unified nicely as one album. (Remember Psalm 133:1?)
My favorite songs would be “Gimme Helper” (parody of “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones), “Brush” (parody of “Tush” by ZZ Top), and “Calling Dr. Luke” (parody of “Calling Dr. Love” by KISS), though I prefer the single version over the album version.
This album was pretty cool, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Singles Group. There are parts I liked better in Loaded 45s than singles group, and vise versa. Some songs on here I don’t like as much, and in the “Old Man / Fearful” single, they bring out the brass instruments, which I’m not a fan of.
Again, I hear the album as individual singles and almost can’t think of them otherwise. But also, I like the variety they show off here in this album; even if I don’t like brass, there’s pretty much a song for everyone! Besides, these songs are full of Loaded 45s, so they better be good! (Ya know, Isaiah 45 & Psalm 45.)
My favorite songs would be “We’re Not Goin’ To Canaan” (parody of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister), “Goodnews” (parody of “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins), and “Fly Like Ezekiel” (parody of “Fly Like An Eagle” by Steve Miller).
In my mind, this is the best offering from ApologetiX in 2014! Yah, I’m not a huge fan of the Seattle Movement, but this follow up to Ticked (Rolling Clone) is pretty good! (Ticked, which was an all 90s album, is still better in my opinion.)
For this album, APX only used like seven songs as singles and six of them were brand-new. I really wish they could do that more often. They’ve only done that once after this album (as of May 2016), but even that (Easter Standard Time) had a few different touches to it (which were pretty awesome).
There’s some amazing points in this album, like my favorite track “One Of Us Indeed” (which is a parody of “One Of Us” by Joan Osborne). It’s practically a response song to the original, which was wondering if God was truly one of us. “Proving My Religion” (parody of “Losing My Religion” by REM) is another highlight, as well as “God Knows You’ve Tried” (parody of “Slide” by the Goo Goo Dolls), which I remember hearing the original (or a parody of the original performed by the Goo Goo Dolls themselves) in Sesame Street.
This album was a fitting way to end the year, in my opinion (but they did release a single right after this album was released before the year ended). It kinda took a lighter side and showed their diversity again (yep, that meant brass).
Again, the songs we’re rearranged, but part of the album I didn’t hear in single format . . . but part of that part contained brass.
It’s not my favorite album of the year, but there are some good songs, and I’m sure there’s something that will jump out at you!
My favorite songs are “The Whole Darn Roof Leaks” (parody of “Hold On Loosely” by 38 Special), “Another One Died For Us” (parody of “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen), and “Hanukkah” (parody of “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer).
So, I hope you enjoyed all that! I really hope that you will check out this awesome band that is spreading the Good News in a unique way!
What would be my favorite album from ApologetiX in 2014? The album covers are down below and are in the order from favorite to least favorite.
Hey, you can get a few freebies! The easiest way is for you to join their fan club! Go to their website and sign up for the fan club and get more than 12 free songs from their first 10 years!
And in addition to all that, you can enter in a giveaway!
Drop a comment down below and tell me which album and single you want. The giveaway ends Monday 11:59 PM Pacific time. One person shall receive the album of his or her choice, and the rest (or most of the rest) of the entries shall receive the single of his or her choice. If only two people enter, then they both will receive the full length albums they requested. If only one person enters, then I shall give him/her the full length album and the album the single he/she requested came from (or one of my choice if the person asked for a single from the album they requested). Did that make sense?
If it didn’t, then just chose an album and single from 2014 (and from ApologetiX, of course!) and let me know in the comments below. Those who subscribe to the 164 Outsiders shall get a double entry! How cool is that?
You are not required to enter, but I shall be devastated if no one does enter!
Okay, I hope you will check APX out and tell everyone you know about them, even though they may not be your style (but, duh, they’re diverse)!
Hello again! I’m so happy you finished reading my post, and, boy, do I hope you liked it!