15 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like a can of soda pop shaken vigorously, Eleventyseven’s music fizzes and spurts all over their 2007 album Galactic Conquest. The sophomore release by this Christian pop/punk trio careens with joyful abandon, propelled by breakneck tempos and curvaceous melodies. Sonically, the tracks combine the guitar ferocity of MxPx with the day-glo synth colors of Joy Division. Matt Langston’s frenetic, cheeky vocal delivery fills songs like “Love In Your Arms,” “How It Feels (To Be With You)” and “Galaxies Collide” with a giddy sense of rapture. Beyond all the bounciness, Eleventyseven makes some serious points in “Happiness” (contrasting earthly with spiritual contentment) and “Retail Value” (condemning materialistic conformity). At the other extreme lies “Conan,” a paean to a certain late-night TV host. As with similar punk-influenced Christian bands, Elventyseven’s sillier moments threaten to neutralize their overall message. That said, if you’re in the mood for a high-fructose audio rush, Galactic Conquest is a refreshing choice.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like a can of soda pop shaken vigorously, Eleventyseven’s music fizzes and spurts all over their 2007 album Galactic Conquest. The sophomore release by this Christian pop/punk trio careens with joyful abandon, propelled by breakneck tempos and curvaceous melodies. Sonically, the tracks combine the guitar ferocity of MxPx with the day-glo synth colors of Joy Division. Matt Langston’s frenetic, cheeky vocal delivery fills songs like “Love In Your Arms,” “How It Feels (To Be With You)” and “Galaxies Collide” with a giddy sense of rapture. Beyond all the bounciness, Eleventyseven makes some serious points in “Happiness” (contrasting earthly with spiritual contentment) and “Retail Value” (condemning materialistic conformity). At the other extreme lies “Conan,” a paean to a certain late-night TV host. As with similar punk-influenced Christian bands, Elventyseven’s sillier moments threaten to neutralize their overall message. That said, if you’re in the mood for a high-fructose audio rush, Galactic Conquest is a refreshing choice.

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