201. Underdog – Audio Adrenaline
Along with Newsboys, DC Talk and Skillet, Audio Adrenaline was one of the most popular “Youth Group” bands in Christian music. And that is not necessarily a bad thing.
The band continued to release very popular and above average albums for over a decade and headlined or co-headlined countless tours around the world with phenomenal success. Not as “hip” as DC talk or “show biz” as Newsboys, AA carved a niche as a strong pop rock band with strong messages and exceptional live performances.
Nearly every AA album had at least 3 or 4 very strong songs, many of which became “classics” in the genre like the live and radio favorite “Big House.” Underdog, though, was the most consistently strong album of the bands career and went even beyond by creating a great album by any standards. In fact if Big House and Ocean were on this album it could work as a Greatest Hits project.
There are no weak songs on the entire project and the musical diversity remains the most compelling of the bands career. The funky “Get Down” explores the work of God in the lives of those struggling while the power ballad styled “Hands and Feet” is a call to take the message of the actions of the Gospel throughout the world and down the street. Has anyone else ever noticed the Zeppelin like vocals at the end of this song?
The album also contains a great rendition of the hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul” with help from then label-mate Jennifer Knapp.
What shouldn’t be missed, though, is that the album is clearly a legitimate “summer” album released in the Fall. It just sounds like the album someone would play on the boom box at the beach in the late 90’s. Think Kid Rock or Sugar Ray.Everyone needs one of those albums in their collection and when done well, they are a real treasure. Underdog is just that.