Thursday, April 03, 2008

More Jeebus Related Shit

Got the new album by Christian rap metalheads P.O.D. in the mail this morning.

Apparently, on the basis of songs like this, the kids love 'em.



Me, I haven't decided whether I'm going to take off the shrinkwrap. What do you guys think?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, there's always the chance for growth, for a conversion (pun!) from dreck to interesting musical dreckish substance. Like with System of a Down. But I doubt it in the case of these fellows.

Jay C.

steve simels said...

Actually, they lost me with the line about suicide.

Dreck indeed...

emma said...

Got a table with a wobbly leg? If so, I think you'll have found a good use for that still-shrinkwrapped CD!

David said...

Formulaic, processed angst, but the kids dig it because they don't see it as a cliche. Basically lost me once the vocals came in with that very familiar sing-song rap thing. Till then, the drums and guitars didn't sound bad to me.

peter spencer said...

Yeah, I liked the intro too. Generally these soft-to-loud things go in a straight line but this one fools with your sense of where the backbeat will come in, an old Stones trick. I like it.

Yeah, there'a certain hopelessness-as-cliche here, but the lyrics seem to pull away from drawing literal conclusions. And the lines scan.

I never much liked the "heavy" thing even back in the day, but I can hear some subtlety in the track. And let's be careful not to take away points just because they're Christians. As Christgau said of "Slow Train Coming: "So Dylan has embraced the God of Wrath. Since when were you so fond of the God of Love?"

TMink said...

I kinda like it, but then I blew my cred with Creed. (OK, my typo was Greed!) Actually, I remember them being heavier than this.

Trey

TMink said...

Peter wrote: "And let's be careful not to take away points just because they're Christians."

Thanks! That came at a good time for me.

Trey

steve simels said...

Actually, it's not completely horrible, but there's something a little jarring, for me at least, about hearing what's essentially a stadium rock singalong that's so utterly earnest and angsty.

You really need a heart of stone not to laugh at it, IMHO...

Anonymous said...

It is a modern rappy version of Jim Carroll's "People Who Died".

I teach teenagers all day. Their musical tastes baffle me but 40 years ago when I was the high school student I'm sure the Stones and the Airplane baffled my teachers.

But I do want to know if any of this stuff will be revered as much of our generations music is?

Anonymous said...

The last comment was from Return of the Plumber.

shrimplate said...

Eight sixteenth notes, two eights, and a quarter note. Repeat rhythm until nausea ensues.

You'd find more rhythmic variety in a nunnery.

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