Pure Holy Headbangin' Energy
Randy Donahue | Hot Springs, AR United States | 11/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first encountered Disciple at a concert in support of the Scars Remain album. I was immediately impressed with lead singer Kevin Young's energy, intensity and Christian faith. Their Spirit and Scripture filled lyrics got my attention, and they immediately became one of my favorite Christian bands. I thought Scars Remain was a pretty flawless effort. However, I have to give that kudo to Southern Hospitality.
It has a bit of Southern flavor and enough amazing guitar work to appeal to an old 80s headbanger like myself to make his ears rejoice. Lyrically wonderful, musically awesome, it's just one tight package of holy headbanging energy. My favorite track is "Lay My Burdens Down" which really captures the Southern spice, and has spoken to a very difficult time I am in right now. Don't miss this awesome collection of music! God bless you Disciple."
So far I like it
31212121 | 1 | 10/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Normally I like to give an album more time to grow before writting a review, and I'm sure I'll be editing it to put a track by track review later. Seeing as how there aren't any reviews so far I figured I'd post one now.
It's only been a year and a half since I got into Disciple. I'm familliar with all their albums except this one and What was I thinking, which I checked out when I got this one. Their not the most original band, but yet there's something different about them, plus no I hate myself or my parents or anyone else songs. I have to say I think I saved the two best albums, guitarwise for last. I'm very impressed with the work on both this album and What was I thinking. The songs are still basically similar to the last couple of albums, but they put a few guitar solos, and some nice guitar riffs in there to change things up. I love the intro to the title track. If you're a fan of the band then this is definately worth your time, the album so far will probably end of being one of my top five favorite albums of the year. If you're new to the band, most any album would be worth checking out, but I should warn you that they're a Christian band-one of the best I've heard, so if Jesus lyrics bother you than you may want to stear clear of their early stuff, but that's never been a problem for me. Some favorite songs so far are 321, Whisper So Loud, Romance Me, Whatever Reason, Liar and Southern Hospitality. There's not a whole lot of growth in this one, but what they lack in growth they make up for in good songs.
Southern Hospitality; 8/10 - Not a bad way to start the album. It's a slow paced rocker. The guitar solo is way too short, but that's really my only complaint. The music and vocals are all solid.
Romance Me; 10/10; This is one of my favorites on the album. It's a fast pace rocker. Great hook on the chorus. Solid music. Definately one of my favorite songs of 08.
321; 7/10 - Another slow paced rocker. I've read this was the first single, and I don't really get it. It's a good song, don't get me wrong, but there're so many songs on here that are better. Still a good song, it just feels like I've heard this one on a previous album.
Whisper So Loud; 9/10 - Another great track. It's a fast paced rocker, and it's another good one. Solid music, solid vocals.
Whatever Reason 9/10 - Another very good song. It's a ballad. It's very heart felt sounding.
Phoenix Rising 6/10 - Another 321, but not quite as good. It's still a decent song. It's a slow paced rocker, but something's missing. Worth listening to, but not a personal highlight.
Liar; 10/10 - Another fast paced rocker, mostly-there's a slower part to the first verse. I love the lyrics. Great vocals, great music. Love the melody. Great hook. Another of my favorites of 08.
Falling Star; 7/10 - Another one kind of liek 321, slow paced rocker. I like it about the same, maybe a little less, but it's still a good song.
Right There; 7/10 - A slow paced mix of soft and slightly heavier. Kind of a ballad. It's a decent song.
On My Way Down; 7/10 - A mix of slow and fast. It's another decent song, but nothing special.
Lay My Burdens; 6/10 - A ballad. It's an ok song, but there's nothing special about it.
Savior; 8/10 - This is a ballad, but it's very heartfelt. He sings with a lot of passion on it. I don't listen to many Christian bands so I don't know if this is typical, Underoath, and Divinefire haven't done this, but I find there songs that come off as a prayer in song form interesting and very heartfelt, they did another one for the troops, don't remember if it was on Scare remain or the one before that. It's a cool concept, and anything that can give a song passion is alright with me.
Overall it's a pretty good cd, my personal favorite of their's. It doesn't have the fun factor of their older albums, which is unfortunate, but it's one of their most consistant releases."
Yet another unique Disciple album
C. Smith | New York | 02/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Disciple has been around since thier independent debut in 1995. Their sound has changed with each album, and this one is no exception. Their last album was more furious rock while this one, although just as heavy as times, has a southern rock feel to it throughout the entire album. The first four songs are great rock songs, but the album slows down a little for Whatever Reason, which is a song about the prodigal son for those farmiliar with the Bible. The songs immedietely pick back up with Phoenix Rising and continue to Right There, which seems to ride the success of After the World. From there On My Way Down is the last full out rock song on the record, with a great guitar solo, and an ending that gives you the chills as Young screams "closer". Lay my Burdens is neither a power ballad nor a typical driving Discple rock song. It's somewhere in the middle, and honestly one of the best Disciple songs I've heard. It's one of those songs that just keeps building until it reaches a climax. It gives Young the chance to show off the voice that carried Disciple these 14+ years while still rocking out. The album closes with an honest Savior. Best songs: Whisper So Loud, 3,2,1, Liar, On My Way Down, Lay My Burdens. Highly reccomended."