Christianity Today Reviews "New & Used Hits"
Wed., Jan. 12. 2005 12:01am EST
The latest ApologetiX CD, "New & Used Hits" is reviewed by Christianity Today's online publication at Christianitytoday.com. While we're honored that our efforts have garnered such attention, the review is a mixed bag.
The good news is that Christianity Today likes our newest stuff:
"These guys have nonetheless improved with time, evidenced by the newer songs on the first disc. Spoofs like 'The Voice of Sodom' (Don Henley), 'It's Not Eden' (Five for Fighting), and 'It's Tough' (Maroon 5) reveal wittier lyrics from J. Jackson, and his vocal impersonations are in many instances almost uncanny. Amazing that the same band and singer can accurately mimic both The B-52's and Guns 'n' Roses—and rebound from such a shaky career start."
The bad news is they HATED our older stuff, as is evidenced by the last half of the last sentence in the quote above :)
They also wonder aloud: "Essentially a cover band, you have to wonder how much interest and replay value there is here. Do most non-Christians appreciate the scriptural humor? Does the majority of Apologetix's target audience recognize the mainstream songs being covered? And even Weird Al's parodies grow tired with repeat listens. Suffice to say, you already know whether or not this is for you."
To sum things up, the publication says: "At a glance … the early material of Apologetix is pretty amateur, but the band has gotten better with their musical parodies in recent years." They gave us 2 1/2 stars out of 5.
As our bass player, Keith Haynie always says, "You take the good, you take the band and there you have ..." I can still get some decent quotes from this review. At least they like our newer stuff, and say we're improving with age.
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There is a place there where you can write your own review of "New & Used Hits" and where you can respond to the article. If you disagree with Christianity Today's assessment of "New & Used Hits" and if you'd like to answer their questions about the interest and replay value in what we do, please email them with the link provided with the article.