A Great Debut for a Legendary Christian Rock band
Posted August 19, 2010
Oh, the ninety's. That's where a lot of Our primary christian artist started out. I was born in the ninety's. So im about the same age as skillet, switchfoot, relient k, and many other christian artists. Although i think Switchfoot started off the best of any of the a fore mentioned bands. With their 1997 release, "The Legend of chin", they didn't start out like they are now, but they definitely got off of the right foot.
The album opens up with "Bomb", A typical rock anthem for the decade. Next we have the first radio single, and arguably the best song on the album, "Chem 6A. It starts off with a catchy guitar riff. its a rock song for the generation if you will.
Next we have "underwater" and "Edge of my seat". You will have the chorus of underwater stuck in your head all day long. It is a mainly slower paced pop/rock song, but at the end for the last part of the chorus it starts to pick up. Edge of my seat Also stars off pretty slow, but as a nifty guitar rift kicks in, so do Jon's vocals and it will have your head bobbin' back in forth in the car. It has a quite repetitive chorus, but it is almost as catchy as underwater.
"Home" really slows the album down with an acoustic guitar, a slow drum beat, and soft vocals. The chorus has some violins in the background, but to be honest the song can be boring to the listener. "Might have ben Hur" is a kind of mediocre song, although it has catchy vocals. I really like "Concrete Girl". It's the best slower song on the album.
The next two songs kind of bore me, I guess because most of the album is more upbeat and catchy. I just don't think they should have put "life, and love, and why" and "You" right next to each other. Although they are both good songs lyric wise, they musically bore me. "Ode to chin" saves the album by picking back up the rock pace. As Jon sings: "All that you've been Makes who you are now" it sets the tone for the chorus. "Don't be there is the best acoustic song on the album in my opinion. Jon really shows his true vocals in this song, and I Really enjoy his voice.
All in all, i would name "The Legend of Chin" a top ten album of the ninety's decade. Along with greats from: Audio adrenaline, dc talk, and newsboys. It is definitely a debut to remember.
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