Thursday, March 07, 2013

Salvation-The New Rock Musical

Forgive them, Father. They know not what they do.
I'm not a religious person. In fact, I'm an atheist. The closest I get to god is Jesus Christ Superstar. You play me "The Temple" or "Simon Zealotes" and I will feel the spirit, true story. I've never heard Godspell, though I am informed by several people that it's pretty good (I have my doubts, since I don't like most musicals). Either way, where's the musicals for the skeptics of organized religion? A good story, some kick ass rock songs... I don't need production values, just something I can sing. Apparently, we atheists have a hell on earth, and that is the musical Salvation.

It's a plodding, tuneless sprawling thing. It's telling that the best songs are the "spiritual" numbers, while the rest are dull acoustic guitar-plucked songs with a tragic dearth of memorable choruses, soaring  or clever lyrics. Apparently, this album produced a number eight hit, "If You Let Me Make Love To You Why Can't I Touch You." though I cannot recall a single feature of that song. I'm kind of glad it's so bad. The last three albums I listened to thinking they'd go in the "out" pile wound up being pretty damn good. Not this one, though. I didn't even have to wait until the end before I was done.