Loud and Clear
The O.C. Supertones are by far one of the most lyrically intelligent Christian bands out there. One minute the band is using words and imagery like neo-orthodox, authentication, and Mephistopheles while turning to jury duty and the 'A' Team the next. "Escape From Reason" is P.O.D. with horns. The band mixes heavy guitars within the chorus then turn to ska stylings on the verse. The tune proves why Matt Morginsky is a fine ska/punk vocalist. "What It Comes To" features a guest rap appearance by DC Talk's Toby McKeehan. The cut is filled with hooks and hip lingo, showing the prevalence of God in everyday life. "Jury Duty" is a full-throttle toe-tapper. Touching on topics like having a bad attitude and forgetting your sister's birthday, the cut's chorus could relate to anyone. "You know I haven't had the best of days, but I want to stop and thank you anyways," "Lift Me Up" is an example of Morginsky's prowess. His ska abilities are unmatched. On some cuts his raps shine while he exhibits solid vocals on others. "Return of the Revolution" is musical dynamite. The tune pounds out a delectable bass groove. The cut boasts several musical peaks including the mix of sporadic guitars and horns and the rap-laced chorus tweaked by the Gospel Gangstaz. "Pandora's Box" is a mix of killer guitar riffs, a well-placed organ, and a driving bass and drum groove that leans towards the heaviness of Pax 217 and P.O.D. "Spend It With You" closes the release. The song has the kind of chorus that sticks like glue. With all-out ska power the cut captures the spirit of the band. "Loud and Clear" is a disc that permeates the pours with lyrical intelligence and musical ferocity, a pure smash from the O.C. Supertones.