The Almost - Southern Weather
MusicEmissions.com viewers, discuss: how fast would I go to hell by saying that the big guy's (Omega, Alpha, God, if you will) music generally is like a old man with a walker? It can't stand alone, it's uncompelling, and listen to any christian rock album and you will here thousands of variations of "Amazing Grace" on it. That is your atypical christian rock album. Which brings me to Underoath's Aaron Gillepsie, stepping out from behind the drums, taking a microphone, and singing his heart out to live audiences, months after writing the album lyrically and musically.
He did something write to sell out audiences, right? Yes and no. I'm sure no one would have given a damn about The Almost if Aaron Gillepsie wasn't in it. That's just how modern pop music is. At the same time, the album, Southern Weather, is...different, I suppose? Lyrically, they are something you would never expect out of Underoath yet at the same time I can hear Spencer Chamberlain doing his growl to the lead lyric of "Say This Sooner." I can also hear "Amazing Because It Is" replacing "Salmarnir" on Define the Great Line, if it didn't feature Aaron Gillepsie at all and instead of the kind of dull acoustic guitar, we heard equally dull synthesizing and all the vocals were just the choir for a dull three minutes.
The album isn't bad, I'm probably be just overly brutal. "Say This Sooner" is radio-approved by the pop society; "Everyone Smells Like A Rat" is a well-written anthem; Southern Weather, it can be said, is the first christian rock album that actually has depth, originality (on some points), and doesn't make me want to slit my wrists for Jesus.
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on 2007-09-20 Symphony Said:
I find the Tooth and Nail/Solid State roster dull. mwY is okay, but bands like Jonezetta and Showbread aren't--not to mention Anberlin...
on 2007-09-17 dscanland Said:
Nice review Sean. I would disagree with your comment on Christian Rock. There is some damn good stuff out there as you can usually tell with the Tooth and Nail roster as well as the Solid State one. One of my favorites has been Demon Hunter. My favorite catch 22 is Christian Death Metal.