Faith of a Child
- reviewed by Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Mar
Right around the time The O.C. Supertones released the greatest hits collection Unite, they announced they were throwing in the towel. That's disappointing, but at least the group has a distinguished ten-year career—most notably, they introduced ska rock to Christian audiences. With that in mind,
This hodgepodge compilation was culled from different sessions, including those for a previously scrapped worship album, as well as material from older albums. There's nothing wrong with the previously unheard interpretations of "Come Thou Fount," "Here I Am to Worship" and "Blessed Assurance," except that singer Matt Morginsky and company take a common, unadventurous acoustic pop direction. The same is true of the original praise cut "Remember" and the already familiar "Shepherd Is the Lamb"—either could've been expanded with ska-framed excellence, but instead dwell in doldrums.
There's more life to "Faith of a Child" (splashed slightly with reggae) and an amped-up live version of "Away from You." The guys fair even better with an emotional, piano-tipped reworking of "Hold onto Jesus," but "Louder Than the Mob" lacks the booming enthusiasm of the original and seems an odd inclusion here.
For such a consistently strong career,