270. Gospel Cola – Atomic Opera

GOSPEL COLA (2000)

Atomic Opera

After several years and several member line-up changes and several critically acclaimed and incredible albums, Atomic Opera released one of the best hard music albums ever. Joined this time Kemper Crabb, AO founder Frank Hart and band created their amazing swan song, Gospel Cola. Though there has been talk about another album I have yet to see it released.

The opening track is a biting indictment on modern evangelicalism’s fascination and obsession with “Jesus Junk.” From bumper stickers and jewelry to paintings with Bible verses and “Bible Hero” lunch boxes, Gospel Cola is the symbol for the futility of chasing trinkets over truth.

Atomic Opera falls into the same category as Kings X and Galactic Cowboys though not quite as “hard” as their peers, but, in a way, more musical, especially on this project. This may have had a lot to do with the addition of Kemper Crabb and his vast repertoire of instrument mastery. His inclusion also helps with the vocal harmonies and musical arrangements.

Unlike Kings X and Galactic Cowboys, AO is more straight forward and upfront about their inclusion of Christian language and terminology and even the blatant and common use of the name of Jesus in their lyrics. But at the same time they used that straight ahead approach to also be accusatory of the Church and Christendom as in the case of Jesus Junk.

I do hope for future projects from the band as their releases have all been quite extraordinary and any new music would be a welcomed addition.

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  1. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I would say when it comes to the guys from Texas these guys for me come 2nd.. after King’s X with Galactic Cowboys at number 3 (although that may possibly change).

  2. April 12, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I still have an unopened bottle of “Gospel Cola” in my basement. πŸ™‚

  3. Greenchili
    October 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Drink it! It’s good for ya! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

  4. y2daddy
    January 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    “Jesus Junk” songs have been done to death. IMO just a way to score some points with a certain type of listener. I never touched this album for that reason. I get it, you don’t like “Jesus Junk”, so don’t buy it and give me a more interesting track in that slot.

  5. Brent Johnson
    May 9, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I worked in christian retail, the warehouse mind you, and there aren’t enough Jesus Junk songs imo. And the music is pure quality.

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