1. All the Way Alive
2. For the Glory
3. Hey Hey Hey
4. Far More Beautiful
5. Down to the River
6. All Glory
7. Good Day to be From California
8. Warmth of the Sun
9. On the Downbeat
10. Fight On
11. Pretty Little Lie
12. Wise and the Fool
The new generation of music listeners may not remember the band from California. After all their last full length album was the aptly named Revenge of the O.C Supertones, but after that it was announced the band would be breaking up. But then 2011 rolled around and rumors started circulating that The O.C Supertones were back together and writing new music, seven years after Revenge hit with a vengeance they return with one of their best works to date For the Glory.
From the first note of the opener “All the Way Alive” to the last note of “The wise and the foolish” this album will make you wonder if the band ever disbanded. Back are is the ska combined with the Supertones very particular brand of punk/rock. It really does feel like the band never left. While some tracks like “Hey Hey Hey” and “For the Glory” will remind the listeners of previous ventures there is plenty new. The slower “Far more Beautiful” offsets the faster tracks like the heavy “Pretty Little Lie.” These tracks also show the bands ability to do different styles well. The musicianship and skill show a degree of excellence not often attainted in Christian music today.
If the musical and production aspects of this album weren’t enough the Lyrics would certainly make up for it. That being said the lyrics may be some of the best the Supertones have ever put out. Yes, there is still a song about life in California, it wouldn’t be a Supertones album without one “It’s a beautiful day to be from California” fills that space. Meanwhile the band continues to give solid Christ centered lyrics meant to encourage and build up the flock. “Far More Beautiful” speaks to the women in the lives of the bandmates as he describes their identities in Christ.
“All the Way Alive” kicks the album off with a strong anthem touching on why we go out and do works as Christians. “For the Glory” talks about our life mission being on lived for the glory of God, the devotion of our lives and talents to Him, the song sets the tone for the rest of the album which follows the same theme. “Pretty Little Lie” which is by far the heaviest song on the album talks about living without the Lord in our lives, relying on money and other things to satisfy us. (“When I was 21 I was young and successful, I had a new hit record and a pretty little thing on my arm, with every breath I felt emptiness, It was a pretty little lie, that didn’t satisfy.”)
It doesn’t matter what you think of Ska music if you listen to this album you won’t be able to ignore the expert musicianship and quality that the OC Supertones have always put into their records. If this album is marking a return to the music scene, it’s certainly a triumphant one.