I know we've done quite a few discussions about the various atheist-freethought themed songs and music that we all like; I thought I'd "flip the switch" and ask the alternative question.
Are there any christian or religious bands, or songs, that you happen to like? Bands like P.O.D., Skillet, and EARLY Evanescence come to mind - and for you old schoolers like me, how about Stryper? ;)
Right now I have to admit that there is ONE song by Skillet that I actually like - a lot. Not enough to go to a xian lovefest concert of theirs, but this song is actually pretty good. It is called "Awake and Alive", and I have to admit I dig it. A lot.
Does anyone else enjoy (even if you're in the closet about it) some songs/groups that are decidedly xian?
Starflyer 59 I still listen to.
You can hardly understand anything he says (partly that's me just not hearing lyrics but music) and most of the songs are just about life, and IMO it's great music.
Stuff that I listened to after breaking out of Christianity but rarely listen to now:
Jars of Clay Every once in a while for nostalgia, some of their stuff not even bothering to tag a Christian line.
Plum (same as above)
Five Iron Frenzy ( for lols and memories of shows I'd been to)
The only reason I mentioned Evanescence is that they got their start as a xian band, and started on that xian label (can't remember the name right now). Their first mainstream hit, "Bring Me to Life", has the lead singer of 12 Stone - a xian rock band - singing the duet with Amy Lee.
I forgot about Flyleaf - they're definitely on my "some of their stuff I like" list, too.
Would anyone count U2 as a xian band? They have quite a few blatantly religious songs...
I would count U2 as a religious band, I don't care for them at all their very vanilla. Evanescence kills me, It's like one of those noises only dogs can hear, but I can hear it and it makes me want to dig my ears out with a spoon. Good topic man.
I love the credence clearwater revival. I don't know if that counts, but their always singing about jesus this and lordi that, but their really good anyway.
CCR is legendary!
Despite detesting Country music, I actually like Devil Went Down To Georgia by Charlie Daniels. I also have a soft spot for Creed's Eyes Wide Open, since it came out right around the time my own son was born. The rest of Creed & Daniels can fuck right off though...
Creed still shreds!!!!
Religious bands and music - holy cow there is an upside to being profoundly deaf. Thanks for brightening my day !
Judith vd R
Blindside, Thrice, Mutemath, Joy Electric / Starflyer 59, Extol, As Cities Burn, Sufjan Stevens
All of these bands have faith-based lyrics (often bold), but their musicianship is so fantastic that I really couldn't care less.
One of my favorites has to be Flyleaf. I've noticed with their music that a lot of it CAN be religious, but it really depends on how you'd like to interpret the lyrics.
I'm not sure if they're a religious band or not, but I like Live's music. Quite a few references to god, especially on the 'Birds of Pray' album, but that's the sound I'm into, and lyrics apart, they have a very good sound in my opinion.
The group Justice was a funny one, because, their songs on their first album, never said anything religious at all, the lyrics (at least, from the songs that had lyrics) we're completely agnostic... and I just loved all their music... but then I found out that there are many extremely christian parts! The album is called "Cross", and they have songs called things like Genesis, Waters of Nazareth, Valentine, and Let There be Light... they even have a massive, brightly lit Christian cross with them on stage when they preform...
But, they never say anything about religion whatsoever in their music, and I really love the sound of their songs... so I'm ok with it.