Focus on the Family Reviews "Wordplay"
Sun., Jan. 28. 2007 11:22pm EST
Focus on the Family's "Plugged In" magazine just published a very positive review of the new ApologetiX CD, "Wordplay," in their February 2007 issue. Here's what they had to say:
Everyone's favorite Christian parody band is back with "Wordplay," ApologetiX's first all-new collection since 2003. The guys spoof hits from the worlds of country (Big & Rich, Trace Adkins) and rap (Kanye West's "Gold Digger") while continuing to specialize in classic and modern rock tunes, giving each a redemptive injection of biblical truth.
J. Jackson' s clever writing and chameleon-like vocals are razor sharp on "Bad Dad," which notes that kids can avoid repeating paternal character flaws (a parody of Daniel Powter's "Bad Day"). "Somebody Sold Me" borrows The Killers' "Somebody Told Me" to chronicle Joseph's trials in Genesis 37-50. Elsewhere, the story of Zacchaeus meets the trains of U2's "Vertigo," a leper gets healed to the tune of Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," and Hoobastank's "The Reason" is cleverly co-opted to examine the errors of works-based theology. Adults will grin at rewrites of oldies by Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, the Steve Miller Band, Joe Walsh, the Beatles and more.
When we emailed Plugged In Editor Bob Smithouser to thank him for the kind words, he added the following: "I wasn't just being kind; I really do love the disc. You guys just keep getting better!"
ApologetiX has made three appearances in Focus on the Family's "Plugged In" Magazine. First there was a cover story in April 2001, "Something Good is Springing Out of Rock's Rubble: ApologetiX Sets the Records Straight." Then there were follow-up reviews in December 2002 and April 2004.
We highly recommend Plugged In magazine and their online site, and not just because they say nice things about us. Plugged In is an excellent source for reviews of the latest movies, television shows and music releases -- both Christian and secular.