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All Star United were one
of the most incredible satirists of Christian Rock and Roll in the late
1990’s. They released two albums and a greatest hits
compilation all between
the years of 1997-2000 before taking a short hiatus and then recording
the solid _Revolution_ album in the fall of 2002. Their song
Thing” appeared in several films and commercials including
the 2004 film
Saved which starred Mandy Moore.
I'll never be the sameThen Eskelin goes on to state a very powerful and stunning statement towards much of the CCM market:
It's the song of the yearIf this song doesn’t garner some attention as the year goes on, I will be very surprised.
“Let’s Rock Tonight” sounds like it should be the next popular rock song of the summer. It features a very catchy guitar mixed with lyrical harmonies and backgrounds “oh’s” and handclaps. This song sounds like it could have been recorded in the late '60’s and been a huge hit.
The Title track is about how following Jesus isn’t always safe and friendly. It can be a life that is dangerous and requires a lot of bravery at times.
“Jesus On the Radio” summons up the CCM happy fest theme again. It’s about how people sometimes think that they can ‘receive Jesus through the radio.’ Though at the same time Iskelin does seem to applaud what Christian Radio does to encourage Believers in their walk.
“There’s Gotta Be Something” is a song about soul searching and how everyone needs to have something that ‘means everything to them.’ “In A World Where Nothing’s Wrong (You’re Alright)” is a humorous song that calls to mind some of their other humorous tunes like “Worldwide Socialites Unite” and “La La Land.”
“Take Me Away” is the closing track on this project and it is another standout moment. It is the slowest song on the album. Filled with similes and metaphors, it’s here that Eskelin describes how much he longs for Heaven, as he states: “I’ve had it all, I’ve had it all, But it all amounts to nothing without You.”
This is another fine effort from All Star United. While it still somehow lacks a bit of the punch that made both their self titled and Revolution albums incredibly fun from a musical perspective, it still rivals anything coming out of the Christian Music market these days from a lyrical perspective. If you enjoy Derek Webb’s powerful lyrical essays on the current state of the Christian Music industry you will enjoy what All Star United have to say as well.