Music: an expression of humanity, escape, a soundtrack to life, deep passion….
It’s been twelve years since Southtown was released… TWELVE YEARS!!! I remember waiting and waiting for this record to come out. I know a lot of fans have a connection with Brown, and that Satellite was P.O.D.’s biggest album (which turns ten in September…wow). But The Fundamental Elements of Southtown was an album that exploded P.O.D. in the spotlight.
Southtown is an incredible record and an important record for Christian music. P.O.D. was the first band to really break through and rise above being just a “Christian band”.
But outside of what the record did for P.O.D. and Christian music, the record flat out destroys. Yes, the interludes slow things down at times, but the every song is solid.
As Sonny screams “You’ll never get the best of me” on the end of Hollywood, you know you’re listening to something special. When Southtown kicks in and P.O.D. explodes, my world was rocked. Rock the Party is a super fun song and it’s no wonder why it was the first rock video to ever hit number one on TRL. Lie Down doesn’t get the praise it deserves. By far my song on the album. The change of pace on Set Your Eyes to Zion is a nice break in the record. The cover of Bullet the Blue Sky puts U2’s version to shame. And the record ends with Outkast… Again, one of the strongest tracks on the album and all around killer song.
Not even taking into account the major impact the record had, the Fundamental Elements of Southtown is so solid a record from start to finish that it deserves all the praise it got and probably more. Southtown was P.O.D.’s coming out party and they delivered.