I've got a whole city to hold down

November 18, 2004

Heaven I need a hug

Gather 'round, Blue Staters. It's time for your post-Nov. 2, moral-values-approved guide to Chicago music.

Audioslave, Audioslave: "'Light My Way' and 'Show Me How to Live' are prayerful appeals for divine guidance ... the amount of redemptive content is a pleasant surprise. Still, shackles of obscenity, spiritual confusion and ambiguously violent imagery make it a mixed bag."

Disturbed, Believe: "References to God, sin and redemption fall flat on the faithless 'Believe.' Blasphemous uses of the Lord’s name appear on 'Breathe.' Although 'Liberate' condemns hatred and paraphrases Isaiah 2:3-4, it also shouts the 'mother' of all f-words many times."

Smashing Pumpkins, Adore: "Only a few lyrical shortcomings. Still, the nudity is inexcusable."

Smashing Pumpkins, Machina: The Machines of God: "God is accused of having 'fickle fascinations' on 'The Everlasting Gaze.' Corgan’s use of the f-word spoils 'Age of Innocence.' Elsewhere, rock ‘n’ roll is deemed worth dying for ('Heavy Metal Machine'). The CD cover, while not explicitly sexual, shows an undressed couple in repose."

Twista, Kamikaze: "[P]uts faith in God’s sovereignty and the power of prayer as it condemns terrorism and hate, but it uses the s-word twice, and reveres the ideologies of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G."

Kanye West, The College Dropout: "Drug dealing and tax fraud are acceptable ways for the urban poor to earn cash on 'We Don’t Care.' Angry threats against authority figures include, 'F--- the police, that's how I treat 'em' and 'If my manager insults me again/I will be assaulting him.' Also endorses employee theft."

Wilco, A Ghost Is Born: "Some acts get into a rut where every disc sounds the same. Not Wilco. This band lives to reinvent itself. But to what end? ... The singer claims theologians know nothing about his soul."

Gretchen Wilson, Here for the Party: "Gretchen Wilson claims to be a Christian yet is consciously positioning herself as country music’s bad girl. Her smash single states, 'You might think I’m trashy, a little too hard core/But in my neck of the woods, I’m just the girl next door.' Move teens to a different neighborhood."

Zwan, Mary Star of the Sea: "A woman is urged to 'stay the night' on 'Come With Me.' Still, Mary Star of the Sea is an encouraging start from a group of spiritual seekers in need of our prayers."

As for one Robert Rob R. Kelly Kellz, you might as well just skip over that shelf entirely from now on pls thx.

(To veteran readers thinking we've gone soft since, yeah, we tipped this site before: Can there really be too many reminders that we worship an awesome god in the blue states?)