One Bad Pig: Love You to Death

From 1986 to 1991, One Bad Pig did their best to show the world that Christian punk could be fun and evangelistic at the same time. Returning with a new studio album after 25 years, not much has changed. They rip through fifteen high-energy songs in 45 minutes; no ballads here. No ringers either; Dann Huff and Phil Keaggy supplemented the guitar work on previous albums, but this album is 100% native pork. Song topics eschew mere “positive pop” to cover biblical themes including speaking in tongues, martyrdom ancient and modern, and foot washing. The Kickstarter effect shows up in the sponsorship on the album cover and in a tribute song commemorating a superfan. Hey, J.S. Bach did the same; check out his Hunting Cantata sometime. Plus, in tribute to their love of Christian music, a speedy (of course) cover of The 77’s classic “The Lust, the Flesh, the Eyes, and the Pride of Life” appears. The guitars still roar out power chords, the vocals still scream, the pig is as bad as ever, and that’s good.

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